Dwis And A Convicted Felon

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Bowhunter's Comment
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Ok so I have 2 dwis one is 10 years old and the other is 8 years old. I am also a convicted felon for credit card theft which I got barely over 3 years ago. I am currently attending Midwest technical institute to obtain my Cdl it's a 20 week course that covers alot about the trucking industry. Anyway yes i got a bad PAST but am much different and better then the man I once was. Does anyone know of a company that would be willing to give a man like me an opportunity once I graduate school??

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Hello Buddy, and welcome to the forum!

I know you don't need me to tell you that it is going to be tough for you to land a job in this industry, I'm sure you have already figured that out. It is not impossible, but you have some major obstacles in your way right out of the gate. Your DWI's are probably old enough - some companies want them to be ten years old and some others only require them to be five, but there are also a lot of companies that will only allow you to have one in the past. So, you are going to have to apply like crazy. One of the things you want to start doing right now is see if you can get some pre-hire letters. These are something the trucking industry has done for years, and it is basically a letter stating that they will hire you once you have gotten your license and are ready to get started. It is not a promise of employment, but it is a statement that they have looked into your background issues and determined that they are willing to hire you. You can learn more about this process by following these links.

We also have compiled a listing of companies that will hire people with felonies. Again, there is no guarantee in here. but most of these folks will look into your issues on a case by case basis and determine if they can hire you now. One of the biggest problems you are up against is that your felony is fairly recent. Most trucking companies want there to be a time period of ten years from the final disposition of your felony charge. So, if you were doing time then they want it to be ten years from the time you came out of prison, or from the time your parole period ended. If you were on deferred adjudication they like to see ten years from the date your probation period was complete. Follow this link to find places that you should apply to for employment.

Companies That Hire Ex Felons

Buddy, it is going to be tough for you, and you just may have to give it some more time before this all works out - Do Not Give Up! If you just continually find that you are hitting a brick wall in the places I've directed you to then you may have to resort to looking for some local driving jobs on Craig's List. There are a lot of small Mom and Pop companies, or owner operators who advertise in there and that may very well be an avenue you can pursue that will help you find someone who isn't so restricted by company policies and such that will give you a shot.

One more thing, we have a way for you to apply for multiple companies with one application. Follow this link for Truck Driving Jobs, and it will help save you a lot of time in the application process. Buddy, it will be tough, but hold your head high and keep at it. Hopefully you can find someplace that will give you a shot. Give a good look at Craig's list - I think that really may be your most likely source of a driving job. At this point in the game you can't be picky, take what you can and go with it. Prove yourself, and hang in there until you've got some good solid experience built up. Get a few years behind you on that felony charge and then you can pursue something more professional and profitable. Get yourself established and you will find the doors open up to you in a much better way a few years down the road.

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Stump's Comment
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I have two felonies that I went to prison on both of them it's been hard one has been over 10 years the other just been 5 years no big company will hire me so you might have to go with small company or a o/o who has more then one truck that's what I have had to do places like that have pros and cons but it gets the wheels turning for you good luck hope you the best just don't give up if that's what u really want the hard work will pay off it just takes longer for us that have a bad back ground

Bowhunter's Comment
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I have two felonies that I went to prison on both of them it's been hard one has been over 10 years the other just been 5 years no big company will hire me so you might have to go with small company or a o/o who has more then one truck that's what I have had to do places like that have pros and cons but it gets the wheels turning for you good luck hope you the best just don't give up if that's what u really want the hard work will pay off it just takes longer for us that have a bad back ground

Do you know of any companies that would be willing to give me an opportunity?

Stump's Comment
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If you live in the Dallas Tex area I might know a few places if not you just have to get on the Internet and look up the small companies in your area and look for the ones that have o/o no company trucks that away the owner of the truck has a some say as who drives his truck and the understan bout people's past

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