No Company Will Hire A R.S.O.

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Joshua F.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone for all your suggestions and input. They are very helpful. The general nature of my offenses are the kind that are hush-hush. And most companies do not like them... $#X Offense (work it out).

Joshua F.'s Comment
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I will be talking to Crete later today and TMC after 2 business days. Western Express I will apply for after work tonight. By the way Brett how do I click on the job id lines once I submit my application from this website. Melton did send an email saying they received my application; I just wondered if there was a way to see what the job id was for. (i.e. OTR or regional , etc.)

Thank you once again for your guidance and also to everyone else for your inspiring motivation.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

James R.'s Comment
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That offense is quite old. I went to school with a guy that found a placeto work after serving 25 year sentence in jail. You'll be fine.

Tropicalstorm's Comment
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It's going to be really hard finding a company that will hire a Registered Sex Offender to drive for them. Not judging at all. Just stating the fact. Due to the nature of the business, insurance companies view it as a huge liability. Companies don't want to get caught up in anything that they might think could tarnish their image. Smaller companies might be your best bet.

Years ago, a guy I knew that was a RSO, had to comply with which ever state he was going into. As in check in every time he came through. It was more of hassle to him than it was worth. He also didn't get paid very well because his options were extremely limited and the employer took advantage of that fact. Best of luck on your search.

Rick S.'s Comment
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I'm well, DUH! RSO didn't register with me.

Yes - this type of charge is going to be difficult to overcome.

And it may have been something as benign as taking a drunken leak in public, or being a 20 yo with a 17 yo girlfriend and angry parents (depending on the state).

Either way - the types of restrictions on travel/lodging/etc., (which can vary for every state you travel through) as well as the potential liability of having an RSO re-offend while under a company's employ is going to make this type of offense really difficult to overcome from a hiring standpoint.

A lot will, of course, depend on how old the conviction is, and if it is really benign in nature - finding a company that is even willing to listen to your explanation. Sadly - most will not.

While I find it unlikely that the poster is some serial-child-molestor - and sometimes the justice system goes a little overboard in forcing people to take a plea on a minor charge, that results in carrying the burden of being an RSO for eternity, this is going to be one of those offenses that will be next-to-impossible to overcome.

Especially if you're looking for an entry-level company to get trained and obtain your CDL. One of the reasons being, it is unlikely you will be able to obtain a HazMat Endorsement and TWIC card - which most companies require.

If the poster happens to be one of those guys that truly got railroaded into taking an RSO hit on what should have been an innocuous incident (versus risking serious time - ie: "copping a plea"), my heart goes out to you.

Best of luck to you - either way...

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

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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James, you may have to look more locally. Think Garbage trucks, dump trucks, roll off trucks, belly dumps, cement trucks, recycling trucks also you city, county and state governments all have drivers.

djwaglmuffin's Comment
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One of my classmates has a reckless driving conviction from 3 years ago and he was able to get in with Western Express.

From what I understood, a lot of smaller companies hire on a case-by-case basis for things like that. Roehl, for example, said they hire people with criminal backgrounds on a case-by-case...so does MCT.

Joshua F.'s Comment
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Thank you guys for every one of you inputs on this topic. I will be taking this advice into serious consideration. Most likely I will try to stay Intrastate as to avoid a lot of headache. I would have no problem driving a dump truck or a Belly Dump. Honestly I would no problem driving ANYTHING! But I will go back for my Tanker endorsement just for a C.Y.A.

On a side note fellas, What if I bought my own equipment (except for a garbage truck) and then try to find a company that will take me? (well before I can make my own company)

And a final thought...What about Straight Truck driving?

Thank you once again.

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Thank you guys for every one of you inputs on this topic. I will be taking this advice into serious consideration. Most likely I will try to stay Intrastate as to avoid a lot of headache. I would have no problem driving a dump truck or a Belly Dump. Honestly I would no problem driving ANYTHING! But I will go back for my Tanker endorsement just for a C.Y.A.

On a side note fellas, What if I bought my own equipment (except for a garbage truck) and then try to find a company that will take me? (well before I can make my own company)

And a final thought...What about Straight Truck driving?

Thank you once again.

The issue is less what kind of driving you do - versus - whether or not you can get a company to give you a shot.

It's not about whether you own your equipment (to an extent) rather than whether a company is willing to hire an RSO.

I feel for you buddy.

Rick

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Old School's Comment
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Joshua, I know a young man who is serving twenty years for having a willing and consensual young girl friend who was sixteen years old. He was nineteen, but he made the big mistake of having a lover who also happened to be the daughter of a policeman - her parents knew exactly how to bring the hammer down on him. We don't need the details, but I want you to know that I agree with Rick - sometimes these sex offender charges can be almost bogus. The real problem when someone has a charge like this is that even if it is really old people get looked over because of the fact that these crimes are not just considered crimes, but also carry the stigma of being socially taboo.

Hang in there and keep looking - you've got a huge hurtle to get over, but it can be done - persistence will be your best advocate in your job search. Personally I would not risk the capital investment in my own equipment until I knew for sure I had a guaranteed opportunity to put it to work for someone. Look heavily in Craig's list for your area - often times you can find driving jobs with small companies there who just may be willing to give you a shot.

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