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ElsTurtle's Comment
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I recently graduated and obtained my CDL. Not bragging but was top of my class for what it's worth. That said, I have an issue in my background pertaining to an overzealous WM associate and a self checkout that failed to scan a pack of $7.69 chicken and ended up getting me a shoplifting charge on my background. I'm worried this will affect me getting a good driving job on top of being very embarrassing. Anyone else have a small misdemeanor but had success? My MVR and everything else is fine. I'm sure I will be a good driver. Just worried about this haunting me forever. Thanks for any advise. Quite depressed at this point.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Renegade's Comment
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I recently graduated and obtained my CDL. Not bragging but was top of my class for what it's worth. That said, I have an issue in my background pertaining to an overzealous WM associate and a self checkout that failed to scan a pack of $7.69 chicken and ended up getting me a shoplifting charge on my background. I'm worried this will affect me getting a good driving job on top of being very embarrassing. Anyone else have a small misdemeanor but had success? My MVR and everything else is fine. I'm sure I will be a good driver. Just worried about this haunting me forever. Thanks for any advise. Quite depressed at this point.

If it's a misdemeanor you shouldn't have much to worry about. Felonies are usually what causes the most trouble. However, a felony doesn't necessarily disqualify you from getting a job either. It depends on the charge, how long ago it was, and what the company determines as being a risk for pre-hire. If you're that worried about it, you should research second chance companies and apply to as many as possible. Good 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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

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.

ElsTurtle's Comment
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I recently graduated and obtained my CDL. Not bragging but was top of my class for what it's worth. That said, I have an issue in my background pertaining to an overzealous WM associate and a self checkout that failed to scan a pack of $7.69 chicken and ended up getting me a shoplifting charge on my background. I'm worried this will affect me getting a good driving job on top of being very embarrassing. Anyone else have a small misdemeanor but had success? My MVR and everything else is fine. I'm sure I will be a good driver. Just worried about this haunting me forever. Thanks for any advise. Quite depressed at this point.

If it's a misdemeanor you shouldn't have much to worry about. Felonies are usually what causes the most trouble. However, a felony doesn't necessarily disqualify you from getting a job either. It depends on the charge, how long ago it was, and what the company determines as being a risk for pre-hire. If you're that worried about it, you should research second chance companies and apply to as many as possible. Good luck

It was a situation where an item didn't scan and I thought it did, as well as no error message when bagged. So the weight checker didn't say anything to the contrary in a self checkout at the super store we all love (WM). My attorney advised me it would be simpler to plead guilty than fight big supermarket. It's just very embarrassing to have it on my record and be labeled "shoplifting" when it was not intentional. Just very afraid I worked so hard to become a good driver up to this point and have my future impacted. I no longer use self checkouts. Thanks for your advise.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

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.

ChosenOne's Comment
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How long ago did it happen? Time seems to heal most issues, there are folks who have been convicted for murder, done their time, and are out motoring today.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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First, I would talk to a different attorney and see if you can get that expunged. You should not have a problem with most companies. Most companies have the information on their websites as to driver qualifications. Just be honest on your application and if there is room to explain, do so. Also, contact a recruiter for that company and ask them. Just be honest with them. You can also use this, Apply For Truck Driving Jobs, and send out an application to every company in one shot. Good luck.

ElsTurtle's Comment
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How long ago did it happen? Time seems to heal most issues, there are folks who have been convicted for murder, done their time, and are out motoring today.

It was a misdemeanor and happened in 09/2015. $7.69 not scanning cost me $1100 in probation, 20 hrs of community service and of course they let me pay for the item after all that. And now I feel labeled and ruined. I realize I'm speaking out of fear and not knowing how this company will view this. I really want this job I have applied for. I've been up front about it. Just worried. I graduated 2 weeks ago. I need to be driving and providing for my family.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Susan D. 's Comment
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I think I would have found a different​ attorney. Youch. But yeah, just be honest about it. I don't think it will cause too many problems. Some companies might say no, but I'd bet many would give you a yes.

ElsTurtle's Comment
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First, I would talk to a different attorney and see if you can get that expunged. You should not have a problem with most companies. Most companies have the information on their websites as to driver qualifications. Just be honest on your application and if there is room to explain, do so. Also, contact a recruiter for that company and ask them. Just be honest with them. You can also use this, Apply For Truck Driving Jobs, and send out an application to every company in one shot. Good luck.

I think I would have found a different​ attorney. Youch. But yeah, just be honest about it. I don't think it will cause too many problems. Some companies might say no, but I'd bet many would give you a yes.

Thank you all for the positive replies. The only way I know to be is honest. The Good Lord will work it out. I jus really need to be working and looking forward to driving and doing my best for myself and family. Be safe out there!

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