Misdemeanor Possession Of Marijuana Less Than An Ounce Charge

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Gee MONEY's Comment
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Hey wassup drivers?!? I'm coming out of driving school at Central Ga technical college next week and I'm having a hard time getting a prehire. I have a possession of marijuana less than an ounce charge that happen last year on 9-11. Is there any trucking companies out there that will take me with that charge on my record? HELP!!!!

Prehire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

New Beginning's Comment
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Companies usually like about 5 years distance from any drug charge. Wish you would have found this site before you went to school. You could have researched. Unfortunately schools are only in it for the money, otherwise they would have warned you how difficult it might be securing employment so soon after a drug charge. Continue applying for jobs and check out smaller trucking companies. They may be more able to help you than the larger companies. I had the same charge but I waited the 5 years so I could get on with a company that trained to guarantee I would be employable. Good luck.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Rontavius, best is to keep looking like N.B. says. You can't change the past.

Don't try to hide it on your application. If you do, when (not if) they find out about it, you're out the door.

Have you used the Trucking Truth Apply For Truck Driving Jobs link?

Gee MONEY's Comment
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Would getting it expunged help?

Companies usually like about 5 years distance from any drug charge. Wish you would have found this site before you went to school. You could have researched. Unfortunately schools are only in it for the money, otherwise they would have warned you how difficult it might be securing employment so soon after a drug charge. Continue applying for jobs and check out smaller trucking companies. They may be more able to help you than the larger companies. I had the same charge but I waited the 5 years so I could get on with a company that trained to guarantee I would be employable. Good luck.

Hudsonhawk's Comment
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Free what I heard most companies have in house background people who are pretty good at digging up dirt. They found a charge I had as a 13 year old, which I thought was locked when I turned 18. Guess I was wrong.

Just don't lie. That's the biggest thing I've seen hurt people while going through orientation with my company. If you lie they can't trust you an they don't want you because of it.

Ronnie M.'s Comment
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Im getting ready to start truck driving school and I was talking to a recruiter from swift and when I told her I have a possession of marijuana from 2008 she denied me. Am I going to have this problem with every recruiter I talk to can someone give me some feedback before I start school I dont want this to be a waste of time.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Im getting ready to start truck driving school and I was talking to a recruiter from swift and when I told her I have a possession of marijuana from 2008 she denied me. Am I going to have this problem with every recruiter I talk to can someone give me some feedback before I start school I dont want this to be a waste of time.

Felony or Misdemeanor possession?

Part of the issue with a DRUG CONVICTION is getting a TWIC Card and HazMat Endorsement.

Usually 7 years is the "magic number" for overcoming a criminal charge - but in some cases - companies can afford to be picky, due to the huge number of applicants they get.

You also want to be wary, if you are going for training that is NOT COMPANY TRAINING (ie: private or public school trucking courses) - as they cannot guarantee you a job afterwards. We advise folks that choose this option to get PRE-HIRE LETTERS from companies - as this will at least tell you the company has looked over your basic application, and would be willing to hire you after graduation.

You might also want to check out these companies: Trucking Companies That Hire Drivers With Felonies, if you continue to get resistance from the major companies that hire new drivers (Swift/Prime/etc.).

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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