Past Mistakes, Should I Move Forward And Get My CDL A?

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Ashley R.'s Comment
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Hi Everyone, So I am looking to go to school and need a little Input or reassurance. All feedback is welcome Thank you I am from CA now in WI In CA 13 years ago I had reckless driving charge not ticket. 2009 CA was put on probation for Domestic Violence and never did my classes so went to prison in 2013 very short time . Sounds really bad but I am not violent just left the scene so was the one who got charged not my boy friend..Regardless it is on my record. 2017 CA Mistormenor for braking DV restraining order. I then left CA was not working for me. Now in WI got a 21 miles over ticket. Points will fall of this July and I will have zero. I am hoping because most of this is in the past I still have a chance of getting hired once obtaining my CDL A BY 2020. i HAVE SEARCHED FOR DAYS FOR ANSWERS AND AM HOPING YOU CAN HELP. -ASHLEY

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.
Jamie T's Comment
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Your best option would most likely be to speak to recruiters directly, and they'll be able to tell you what you'll need to do, and when you'd be eligible to work for them and so on.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Biggest thing is disclose it all, don't try to hide anything. There may well be companies that will consider you but if you lie or conceal, they will find it and you will be finished.

The worst may well be the ticket for 21 over. The 2017 misdemeanor isn't ideal, but there may be companies that would overlook it. No felonies?

Rainy 's Comment
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Hi Ashley. You need to become.responsible and you need to hold yourself accountable for your actions.

Recap:

1) You have a reckless driving charge not a ticket.. This is a HUGE deal to trucking companines. You want to control an 80,000 pound killing machine.

2) You refused to go to classes while on probation so you went to jail. Im guessing these are anger management classes. You refused to accept responsibility. "i was the one who left so i got arrested". Do you hear the its not my fault attitude? This also shows a total disrespect for the law and rules.

3) Last year you broke a domestic violence restraining order, further demonstrating your lack.of.respect for the law and rules. Also, painting you as violent. Is this the same.order or a different order as before?

4) Now in WI you have a 21mph which is reckless driving. Over 15 is reckless driving. 21 is much worse and you dont understand the impact of your actions.

You have a history of violence, lack of respect for the law, a pattern of reckless driving and a refusal to accept responsibilty for your actions.

My guess is most trucking companies will want 3 years clean driving record,. That would mean 2021 at best. But you need to change your ways.

If you really want to drive a truck, you need to understand you can kill someone. Your two reckless driving incidents show you dont care about others on the road and put people in danger. The domestic violence stuff and anger management looks like you could hurt someone, so a trucking company would fear serious road rage. Someone cut you off...will you run them down? A customer was nasty. will you punch them?

And worse is your attitude of its no big deal or not my fault. Just because points drop off, the record doesnt go away. You did it, and no company is gonna want to touch that.

This sounds harsh, but its the truth you need to hear it. The men on this forum and very nice to women and often refrain from being this blunt. So coming from a woman, get your act together. Im sure Moderator Susan will agree with me on this one.

Old School's Comment
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Hello Ashley, and welcome to our forum!

You really need to explore employment through the Paid CDL Training Programs. These companies will let you know up front if they can hire you and they don't take your money up front. In fact they don't take your money at all if you do it right. You have to commit to a contractual employment agreement, but that shouldn't hold you back.

If you spend good money on a private school, your money will be gone with no guarantee of a job. The company sponsored training will assure your chance of being hired as long as you don't mess up the opportunity they offer you. Best of luck, and please stay engaged here. I promise we can help you in this quest. We will be brutally honest with you, but sometimes that's what we need.

Why I Prefer Paid CDL Training Programs

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Ashley R.'s Comment
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Biggest thing is disclose it all, don't try to hide anything. There may well be companies that will consider you but if you lie or conceal, they will find it and you will be finished.

The worst may well be the ticket for 21 over. The 2017 misdemeanor isn't ideal, but there may be companies that would overlook it. No felonies?

So I looked up my records it was not reckless driving in 06 it was Evading a police officer in stolen vehicle felony . Not proud of this 2009 Domestic violence .

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I am hoping because most of this is in the past I still have a chance of getting hired once obtaining my CDL A BY 2020

To be honest, it doesn't sound like your problems are in your past. It sounds like you haven't changed much at all yet. You're still doing a lot of really dumb and reckless things. I thought Rainy's response was dead on. To me it doesn't sound like you're anywhere close to the type of person that should be considering a career as a truck driver. In fact, I'd say you sound like exactly the type of person who should stay far away from an industry where personal responsibility is critical and the lives of innocent families depend on your character and your good judgment. You haven't shown any character or good judgment I'm afraid, and you know it.

Take a step back and look at your life through the eyes of someone with a family full of wonderful children who doesn't know you at all. Do you think that person would be comfortable sharing the highway with you when you're behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound killing machine?

If you can totally stay clean and live responsibly for three years then maybe you've matured to the point that you're ready for more responsibility. It's almost unheard of for me to say this, but I would much rather see you stay out of trucking for a few years to see if you can get your act together and keep it together consistently for a few years. If you can do that, then maybe you could consider a career with such a massive amount of responsibility. But you certainly don't sound like you're ready for that anytime soon.

I don't mean this to sound disrespectful to you at all, but we have to be real here. There are lives at stake so it requires a level of brutal honesty.

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.
Ashley R.'s Comment
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Hi Ashley. You need to become.responsible and you need to hold yourself accountable for your actions.

Recap:

1) You have a reckless driving charge not a ticket.. This is a HUGE deal to trucking companines. You want to control an 80,000 pound killing machine.

2) You refused to go to classes while on probation so you went to jail. Im guessing these are anger management classes. You refused to accept responsibility. "i was the one who left so i got arrested". Do you hear the its not my fault attitude? This also shows a total disrespect for the law and rules.

3) Last year you broke a domestic violence restraining order, further demonstrating your lack.of.respect for the law and rules. Also, painting you as violent. Is this the same.order or a different order as before?

4) Now in WI you have a 21mph which is reckless driving. Over 15 is reckless driving. 21 is much worse and you dont understand the impact of your actions.

You have a history of violence, lack of respect for the law, a pattern of reckless driving and a refusal to accept responsibilty for your actions.

My guess is most trucking companies will want 3 years clean driving record,. That would mean 2021 at best. But you need to change your ways.

If you really want to drive a truck, you need to understand you can kill someone. Your two reckless driving incidents show you dont care about others on the road and put people in danger. The domestic violence stuff and anger management looks like you could hurt someone, so a trucking company would fear serious road rage. Someone cut you off...will you run them down? A customer was nasty. will you punch them?

And worse is your attitude of its no big deal or not my fault. Just because points drop off, the record does not go away. You did it, and no company is gonna want to touch that.

This sounds harsh, but its the truth you need to hear it. The men on this forum and very nice to women and often refrain from being this blunt. So coming from a woman, get your act together. Im sure Moderator Susan will agree with me on this one.

I did not attend my classes because I couldn't affored them.

As to the restraining order My boyfriend and I where together Hiding from his uncle when his uncle saw me called the police.

I do take responsibility for my actions and as to the original DV I was in abusive relationship and had no where else to go. When I did defend myself and got out of there He called the police and made me out to be the violent one. I went back to him after I did time and was with him until recently Moved to WI with my mom. I am not violent but this stuff is on my record I have paid dearly for it . The recent ticket was a mistake not disrespect for the law . Thank you for your feedback and for being blunt because that is how employers would react. And I needed to here it.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I do take responsibility for my actions and as to the original DV I was in abusive relationship and had no where else to go. When I did defend myself and got out of there He called the police and made me out to be the violent one. I went back to him after I did time and was with him until recently Moved to WI with my mom. I am not violent but this stuff is on my record I have paid dearly for it . The recent ticket was a mistake not disrespect for the law . Thank you for your feedback and for being blunt because that is how employers would react. And I needed to here it.

All of that just further reinforces what Rainy and I and others have said. You're nowhere near having the level of personal responsibility, character, and good judgment needed for this type of career.

Maybe someday. But right now you have a lot of growing to do before you're ready for something like this. I sincerely wish you the best.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rainy 's Comment
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Im sorry, but you just changed your story. That reckless driving charge just became a "evading police in a stolen vehicle felony". WHAT???

you didnt know you had a felony? You dont think evading police in a stolen vehicle is a big deal????

i disagree with brett. i dont think you have any clue whatsoever how bad your record is going to look to others. Hes right about your last response..nothing is your fault. The classes cost money, the uncle called the cops, the boyfriend was violent....nowhere is anything your fault. the one time you do admit something is your fault was the 21mph speeding ticket and you shrug that as a mistake. no, that was an intentional, deliberate act to disobey the law.

get past the "im a victim" mentality.

take a look at some articles

Truckers and Responsibilty

Trucker Decision Making and Judgement

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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