Messed Up My Driving Record Before Starting Trucking School.

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Willson (K-Pax)'s Comment
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I was scheduled to start trucking school today after work, i was going to do night classes and this past weekend i felt was going to the last time to do anything with the family and friends before a long haul of schooling. I've been studying hard for the past few weeks waiting for night classes to come back around again. I'm a veteran so my school has been paid for with the GI bill. We had a pool birthday party for my son and after the party we came back to the house and opened gifts and drank with friends. Some people left and others stayed, some people wanted to go to the Lake so we took off to the lake, I was later pulled over for speeding and of course was hit with two DUI's over legal limit and operating a vehicle under influence, there goes everything down the drain... I've just been reading up on DUI's and even though I won't have a court day from now till 6 weeks from now I had a few questions maybe someone would know. Firstly should I continue going to the trucking school and get the experience I wanted to get? Should I be open and up front about it with them? The school is mostly vet orientated so maybe they'll let me finish? I know damn well I won't be hired with DUI , some companies after 3 years, a little more after 5 and still its going to be hard. In Nevada DUI's are a misdemeanor and from what I've been reading online i could get it reduced to a reckless driving and some even expunged from their driving record. This is my first time getting in trouble with the law with anything, my driving record was squeaky clean.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Tractor Man's Comment
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One word. TOAST. Alcohol creates real poor judgement. That will haunt you for quite awhile. Sorry!sorry.gif

Rick S.'s Comment
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LAWYER...

I'd put off the school, until you get a disposition on the DUI case.

Doesn't matter whether they are misdemeanors or death penalty DUI's. A conviction is going to delay if not destroy your chances at a hire.

Rick

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Willson (K-Pax)'s Comment
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GET

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LAWYER...

I'd put off the school, until you get a disposition on the DUI case.

Doesn't matter whether they are misdemeanors or death penalty DUI's. A conviction is going to delay if not destroy your chances at a hire.

Rick

I'm planning on getting a lawyer, I read to look for one that deals with veterans with ptsd, not sure why this would help but its just something i read.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I'll speak from experience Willson, and will shoot straight with you without any kind of judgment. That doesn't mean I'm condoning the mistake that could have possibly killed somebody, or yourself. As they say, buzzed driving is drunk driving. Anytime you're impaired, you run the risk of harming or killing an innocent person or family. Make it your last mistake.

Getting a DUI expunged from your record will not make a world of difference in regard to a background check. I had 1 DUI, completed a first time offender program, and got it expunged from my legal record, but it still shows up on my driving record. Potential employers in the trucking industry don't care if it's expunged from your legal record, it still shows up on your driving history, and insurance companies dictate to some degree who a trucking company can hire in regard to risk. I'll reiterate, just because you have a DUI expunged from your criminal record, does not mean it will be expunged from your driving record. You certainly do not want to conceal your DUI from any employer, and yes, I would mention it to your school.

It doesn't matter if your school will let you continue and finish, you will still not be hire-able by most trucking companies that hire rookie / student drivers. And if you don't do anything with your new CDL shortly after graduation from trucking school, you'll have to go to school again or take a refresher course before most companies will hire you. That means more money out of your pocket. If it's not too late, perhaps you can get a refund back from the school, and plan on attending when you're closer to that 3 year anniversary from when you completed your sentence and / or had your driving privileges restored.

One more important thing. All of the above may only apply if you admit any kind of guilt or are convicted. With my first time offender deal, I got it criminally expunged, but also admitted guilt and therefore was convicted. It is on my driving record but expunged from my criminal record.

Fast forward to today. To give you some hope. I have 1 DUI on my driving record, and have a very successful trucking career. And I was hired by a very prestigious trucking company where I make top dollar in the trucking industry as a company driver. 1 DUI is not a career killer, although some companies do have a zero tolerance policy. Most companies will hire you with 3-5 years.

Good luck, you might have to wait a few years, trucking will still be there.

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DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

PackRat's Comment
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I had a response for you, but deleted it. There was nothing helpful in it, I'm afraid.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Rick S. had good advice for you as well. It's all about whether you're convicted or not, as I stated towards the end of my reponse. If you were charged, chances are they had evidence to do so, especially if your BAC was determined. Remember, even if a lawyer helps with getting it expunged from your criminal record, that does not mean it will not show up on your driving record.

Tractor Man, I'd suggest against making any kind of remarks unless they're constructive. Stating the obvious isn't helpful. Advice is what the gentleman was soliciting.

Willson (K-Pax)'s Comment
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Thanks for the advise, i called the trucking company and talked to the guy I talked to month ago before i decided to go ahead with the school. He was very cool about it and gave me some more good advise, he said not to worry, as long as you don't show up tonight you won't lose any money out of it and we'll be here when you've taking care of the major problem at hand. I talked with a lawyer today and he suggested taking AA classes immediately and the first thing to fight for is your license, being able to drive back and for to work so you can still provide for your family, being if that is the only thing you'll be able to do, then going after the DUI when your court date arises.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Tractor Man's Comment
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Tractor Man, I'd suggest against making any kind of remarks unless they're constructive. Stating the obvious isn't helpful. Advice is what the gentleman was soliciting.

I stand by my comment. Drinking and driving the day before starting Truck Driving School, in my opinoin, and I'm sure many others, exhibits poor judgement. Particularly when you are aware of the dire consequences to your chosen career.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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I stand by my comment. Drinking and driving the day before starting Truck Driving School, in my opinoin, and I'm sure many others, exhibits poor judgement. Particularly when you are aware of the dire consequences to your chosen career.

Again, that's stating the obvious, like I said. I think your sentiment would be everybody's opinion, and it's not even an opinion, it's an obvious example of poor judgement, i.e. it's a fact. What I'm suggesting to you is that making such a statement isn't helpful or constructive. People can mistakes, accept responsibility, and move on.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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