CDL And Felony Distribution Charge From Over 16 Years Ago

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Papa Bear's Comment
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Felony for distribution of marijuana 16 years ago (just turned 18 years old at the time). Is there any getting around this to gain a CDL? Any recommendations?

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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There are some Paid CDL Training Programs that would accept you with a felony so that's one option. The nice thing about that is you'll have a job once you complete the training.

Now you can pay your way through a private truck driving school but there's no guarantee of having a job afterward. So in that case what you would want to do is get several pre-hires. You can learn more about pre-hires here:

You wouldn't want to pay your way through private schooling unless you had a few pre-hires first.

Finally, here is a Trucking Companies That Will Hire Felons to give you a head start on some opportunities.

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.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

Papa Bear's Comment
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I just got off the phone with a recruiter from Maverick and got refused due to a distribution charge from 2001, where I wasn't in a vehicle nor involved with driving at all.

Found some conflicting reports online that made me nervous on the topic about my future.

Papa Bear's Comment
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Off topic, this site is amazing and offers a tremendous amount of resources for the trucking industry. I've thoroughly used the Paid CDL Training Program link to research all companies offering said programs and has given me valuable insight to make an educated decision on narrowing options. I've also fully read the entire log from Rainy regarding her experience with Prime's program and regard that as a highly valuable first hand testimonial for any potential students exploring Prime or any of the paid CDL programs. I'm currently enjoying the High Road CDL Training Program versus just reading from the manual. Excellent site here and I highly praise all the information provided for anyone looking to get into the industry!

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Kevin L.'s Comment
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Im relatively certain you can find a company that will give you a shot. I would be concerned about if that particular charge would be a lifetime disqualifier for CDL or not. Either way I would likely consult an attorney to find out how I could have it removed expunged or pardoned. If you can get it removed many other job opportunities may become available as well. Maverick may be stricter than most as they require drivers to get a passport or passport card to be in their glass division. It does international travel to Canada.

Dont give up just apply to as many companies as you can.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Excellent site here and I highly praise all the information provided for anyone looking to get into the industry!

Thanks Papa Bear!

Like Kevin said, just keep plugging away at it. Try Carolina Cargo and CR England if you haven't already. They might give you a shot.

BQ 's Comment
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While it is very true that there are plenty of companies willing to work around many criminal backgrounds, especially after a few years of "clean" living, it may prove difficult with this particular crime. There tends to be fear of utilizing your job/equipment to transfer drugs from place to place. I do wish you luck and hope it works out.

Big Scott's Comment
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Can you get your HazMat endorsement? Check here. If so, CFI may give you a shot. Here's my training diary. And here is CFI website Good luck.

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

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