Trying To Start My Career With A Complicated Felony Situation. Looking For Advice.

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William R.'s Comment
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Hello all, first off I'd like to thank everyone responsible for this website and it's forums. An absolute wealth of knowledge and positivity that I'm still working through.

I've read through some articles pertaining to felonies and trucking but my situation is a bit unique so I figured it's time to ask the group. My felony is for criminally negligent homicides which I took as a plea deal. This was a result of a self defense situation that I had no control over. I was 16 at the time and was defending my mother but was charged regardless. I served no time in prison and had no probation whatsoever. Not to get too specific, but I have legal documents signed by my judge stating that it was a self defense situation and that I acted out of fear for my mother's life and my own.

I've spoke with CR England and Prime regarding their felony policy, and Prime said they do look at things case by case but I'm definitely not near the 10 year mark that they usually require, I'm 22 now. I'm not sure what my best course of action is at this point. My current plan is to write a cover letter that include a brief description of the felony and also include the court document as well. I guess my question is what's the best way for me to put my best foot forward? I have a lot of positive support that can speak of my character as a person, plus it's the only legal issue I've ever had not even a ticket.

I believe trucking would be an excellent opportunity for me to start a career that I can grow into. It's just an additional hurdle that I'll need to overcome. Thanks everyone for your help.

Rainy 's Comment
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Prime takes things case by case. Call and ask for the head of security. they scrutinize the applicants for stuff like this. being upfront gets you way further than letting them find it.

i wish you the best. good luck

Big T's Comment
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Welcome to the forum William.

I feel for you on this. Sometimes you have to do things that may be "right" but still legally wrong or at least questionable enough to take a plea over risking spending the majority of your life in prison. Obviously this was one of those situations since the judge was willing to write the letter.

I would definitely stay straight with any company. Offer to email them the judge's letter. You already know you have a hill to climb so try and not get discouraged. Apply everywhere you can and hope for the best.

I was lucky. My situation deescalated before life was taken. I was able to plea to a misdemeanor and eventually got it expunged. I still keep my expungement paperwork and have the ability to provide if it comes up.

Best of luck to you.


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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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CFI may give you a shot. They do case by case. The best bet is to call and be honest like you were here. You may need to be more detailed. Most companies use on line apps which gives an area to type in details. If you have supporting documents, ask if they need them and where you could fax or email them to. Keep us posted. We do not judge people's pasts here. We judge attitudes. We are all happy to help. Good luck.

Jerry D.'s Comment
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I second big scott CFI seems to be more understanding. I have had very positive conversations with them. Also Millis. U.S. express. But for sure check CFI. Good luck brother

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I would definitely include the documents if you apply anywhere, but calling and speaking with them direct sounds like good advice.

The Driver Pulse app, if the company you are applying to uses it, has an area to upload documents.

William R.'s Comment
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Thanks everybody, I'll give CFI a call on Monday. I'll post updates as things develop.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Good luck.

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