Pre Hire Letters And Misdemeanors

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Garet C.'s Comment
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I am scheduled to start CDL classes in late Oct. at DriveCo. in Gary, IN. I have two misdemeanors, one in 97, and one in 87. (Not DUI or drug related). I am working with a lawyer to have those expunged, but it's going to take a little while. Should I wait to send out prehire letters until this is resolved? Also, I have two speeding tickets. One in 2007 (16 over), and one in 2002, (14 over). I know the more recent ticket could be an issue, because it is classified as reckless driving by insurance companies. I have had no tickets since 2007.

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.

Prehire:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Turtle's Comment
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I honestly don't think you'll have a problem with either the misdemeanors or the tickets. They're all from long enough ago that it shouldn't be an issue at most companies.

G-Town's Comment
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Perhaps... Except that three weeks ago he posted this...

I am wanting to take CDL classes, but have a dui (misdemeanor) from 1985. In Indiana, a dui stays on your driving record for life. I could pay an attorney to attempt to have this expunged, but it would be pricey, around 1000 dollars. I have seen in previous posts that the advice, when you contact trucking companies, is to answer honestly. Since in my state, it stays on your record for life, is it worthwhile to have it expunged? Specifically, I am wondering about getting prehire letters. Maybe it would be better for me to do this (expungement) before contacting the companies. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Yet today you wrote this:

I have two misdemeanors, one in 97, and one in 87. (Not DUI or drug related). I am working with a lawyer to have those expunged, but it's going to take a little while.

So Garet what exactly is the truth here? Kinda difficult to tell. Just a thought...please get honest with us if you want effective help from us.

For the record, you can pay money to get everything expunged...won't matter as far as the trucking companies are concerned. Lie about it (or anything like it) on your application or in any conversation with a recruiter? They'll find it, I guarantee it!

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.

Prehire:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Old School's Comment
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Don't waste your money having those misdemeanors expunged. They're so old it shouldn't hurt you. Just be honest about them if you're required to tell about them. I've seen plenty of people who didn't tell about expunged records get sent home from orientations. These trucking companies have the resources to uncover whatever you think you can hide. In a criminal background search, you get what you're willing to pay for. They're willing to pay to see what's been expunged.

If an application asks, "Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor," then you answer yes, and give the details. If they ask, "Have you been convicted of a misdemeanor in the last ten years," then you say no. It's that simple. There are plenty of truck drivers who've had a few blemishes in their past.

Honesty is always the best policy. Expungement doesn't mean much in this business.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Okay Garrett... it looks like you need to come clean. As usual there's more to the story. How about a response to G-Town?

Garet C.'s Comment
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Sorry for sending conflicting messages. I do have a DUI from 85. I am not going to try to have a lawyer expunge that because in Indiana, a DUI stays on your driving record for life. After finding that out, I intended to be upfront about that being on my record. I have two other misdemeanors that I wanted to clear first, but it sounds like that I should just go ahead and send the pre hire letters. It seems like it would be good to not wait on that. I appreciate the feedback.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Brett Aquila's Comment
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These companies have fantastic resources for digging up background information. They're going to find everything, I assure you. Having anything expunged is a waste of time because they're going to find out about it anyhow. So be 100% honest with them. If they find that you've tried to hide anything your application will go straight into the garbage. If you're honest you'll be able to find someone who is willing to work with you.

That being said, do not reveal anything they do not specifically ask you about. If they ask about tickets in the past 3 years, do not tell them about a ticket you had 3 1/2 years ago. Most of the time they'll give a time frame for anything they want to know. Answer all questions accurately but do not divulge anything they haven't asked about specifically.

Garet C.'s Comment
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Ok. Thanks. It's helpful to know that ahead of time.

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