Past Underage Consumption And Trucking?

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Hunter D.'s Comment
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Okay guys I have a question. I already have my CDL through a private school and already have a couple offers on the table but the main company I want to work for is Melton Truck Lines. When I was 20, I got into a little bit of trouble. I was arrested and charged with an Underage Consumption, but after a few months of court it was dismissed and I was to pay court costs. I've been upfront with everything. Even though it was dismissed I knew it would be better to tell them. The other companies had no problem with it, but the Melton recruiter said that she would have to send it to their attorneys to look at it. My question is do any of you think this would disqualify me or should I be okay since it was dismissed? I've done my research and Melton is definitely the company I want to work for and I like everything they have to offer. I'm 24 now just so you know.

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.
Hunter D.'s Comment
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Schneider and Prime already know about everything I told them the same thing, and they were completely fine with it amd still offered me a job, just curious as to why Melton isn't sure about it.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Every company has their own preferences and screening process. The only thing you can do is work through the process and see what they say. You're definitely doing the right thing by answering the questions honestly though. If they find you're hiding anything the application usually goes straight into the trash.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I've learned admit to everything g they ask about. They will find d it and if you deny it then you will not get the job for dishonesty... not the violation

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Stickers's Comment
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Okay guys I have a question. I already have my CDL through a private school and already have a couple offers on the table but the main company I want to work for is Melton Truck Lines. When I was 20, I got into a little bit of trouble. I was arrested and charged with an Underage Consumption, but after a few months of court it was dismissed and I was to pay court costs. I've been upfront with everything. Even though it was dismissed I knew it would be better to tell them. The other companies had no problem with it, but the Melton recruiter said that she would have to send it to their attorneys to look at it. My question is do any of you think this would disqualify me or should I be okay since it was dismissed? I've done my research and Melton is definitely the company I want to work for and I like everything they have to offer. I'm 24 now just so you know.

So far in my hunt for my future employer Melton was the one that I was on the phone with for the least amount of time due to my criminal record. Everyone I have talked to seemed to want to work with my record to a degree but Melton wanted nothing to do with it. Their website states that that you cannot have a misdemeanor or felony within the last 6 years. the gal I talked to made it sound like they were not interested in ANY criminal background in the last 6 years.

If you want to know exactly how your criminal record looks I would get the certified copy of it from your county DPS office. That arrest you have shows up on it regardless if the charges stuck, trust me on that. It will also say what you were charged with AND convicted with.

I was interested In driving for Melton or Keim TS so I could go rollerskatin in one of those blue KW's but after coming here and talking with everyone as well as looking at all the company reviews I realized that I could obtain my goals elsewhere. At this point I am really leaning towards Maverick and their U.S. Flatbed Div as everyone who has anything to say about them has been genuinely happy there. They also factor you criminal history with your work history to make their decision on you too, nothing is an automatic DQ.

best of luck!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Freebird's Comment
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After reading this i contacted company i plan on going with about dismissed charges cause i didnt disclose them. Why would u have to disclose something that you're not guilty of. Just absurd in my opinion. Anyway they told me they didnt need that information just guilty convictions.

Stickers's Comment
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After reading this i contacted company i plan on going with about dismissed charges cause i didnt disclose them. Why would u have to disclose something that you're not guilty of. Just absurd in my opinion. Anyway they told me they didnt need that information just guilty convictions.

On your application you need to put what you were convicted of of course unless they ask otherwise. I have seen some applications (not in trucking) that asked for you to list any time you were arrested. Every place is different. Rainy D. had commented on another thread that Prime had given her a big fuss when she got hired due to a BS domestic charge that was supposed to be expunged but Prime said it was a "complaint" and just had some kind of issue with it.

I assume with the high turnover rate of the trucking industry these companies are looking at your history to see how many run ins with the law you have had regardless if the charges stuck or not. If you have had a a lot time interacting with cops and judges most people will start to question your integrity.

Remember, these companies are looking at your to drive $200,000 + worth of their equipment and their customers freight unsupervised through the United States. If you have had a history being arrested for (charged with) theft you are probably not the best candidate for the job in their eyes regardless of what was proven in court (convicted of).

That is just how the cookie crumbles unfortunately.

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