4 Year Old DWI And Employment History

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Richard G.'s Comment
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Hello everyone, My name is Richard. I have a DWI I got back in Feb 2015. I got a conviction date of may 20th 2015. 1 year probation was completed in July 23 2016. I applied at Prime INC in march. I filled out the application, was told that I had to send it in again in may to have the 3 years since the conviction. then when I sent it in again in May, was told by another recruiter that I had to wait till 3 years had gone by on the date of completion of my probation. And that there wouldn't be any problems taking me on. they had all of my employment history from the very first application I sent in March. But now I called and was told they wouldn't hire me because I got fired from my last job. which they knew about already. I have had to move around from town to town after this DWI ruined my life. I didn't get the DWI in a truck. didn't even have a CDL when I got it. Not sure if there's even a trucking school out there that will take me on now because of this. Anyways, I just feel kinda angry that they would string me along for 4 months. when they could've told me this back in March.

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Welcome Richard!

You do know there are lots of opportunities out here besides Prime, right? They are very particular about the issues you have. Someone else will take you. Get over it and move on!

I'm always surprised at the way people get hung up on one rejection. I wish you could have seen how many companies rejected me as a rookie. I just applied everywhere I could until I got a few offers, and then three of them sent me home from orientation! I never once let it deter me. I kept my head up and stayed focused. I was determined to make it happen. Incidentally that trait has served me well in this business. I'm well over six years in now, and I can write my own ticket to where I want to work.

There's nothing that makes Prime the only place to get started. The best company for you is the one who will hire you and give you a shot at proving you can do this job. That's where you'll rise or fall in this business. It's really all up to you. Don't put so much importance on the name of the company.

Richard G.'s Comment
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Welcome Richard!

You do know there are lots of opportunities out here besides Prime, right? They are very particular about the issues you have. Someone else will take you. Get over it and move on!

I'm always surprised at the way people get hung up on one rejection. I wish you could have seen how many companies rejected me as a rookie. I just applied everywhere I could until I got a few offers, and then three of them sent me home from orientation! I never once let it deter me. I kept my head up and stayed focused. I was determined to make it happen. Incidentally that trait has served me well in this business. I'm well over six years in now, and I can write my own ticket to where I want to work.

There's nothing that makes Prime the only place to get started. The best company for you is the one who will hire you and give you a shot at proving you can do this job. That's where you'll rise or fall in this business. It's really all up to you. Don't put so much importance on the name of the company.

Yeah I just tried several other's. But I'm afraid I the DWI is what's the problem. Will Transfer just called and told me the DWI has to be 7 years old. Even tho it says 5 on the info here at trucking truth. Anyways, thanks.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Keep trying Richard. Somebody's going to say yes. Apply For Paid CDL Training at this link and you can do one application that goes out to multiple companies. Be persistent and don't let the rejections discourage you. We've seen too many people in your situation land a job. It's gonna happen, but you'll have to keep at 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.
Old School's Comment
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You may have to wait a little longer due to the DUI. Exhaust your efforts now and see what comes of that, then you can formulate a strategy for the next go around of applications. You really need a Company Sponsored program. I wouldn't risk paying for private school and then not being able to get hired quickly.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

PackRat's Comment
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There are plenty of companies that will hire you, you just keep filling out those applications. good-luck.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
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There are plenty of companies that will hire you, you just keep filling out those applications. good-luck.gif

Agree with both OS and PackRat.

At this point - some of the larger companies are getting "pickier" on major driving offenses (like DUI's) because the large influx of applicants allows them to do so. Hence they "change up" on things like DUI's and criminal convictions, because they have plenty of applicants that aren't afflicted by these issues.

Keep applying EVERYWHERE.

Also helps to put your home location in your profile. There may be smaller regional outfits that you might have an easier time getting into - so it helps to know where you are geographically.

Rick

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Brett Aquila's Comment
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At this point - some of the larger companies are getting "pickier" on major driving offenses (like DUI's) because the large influx of applicants allows them to do so

There has also been a pretty clear slowdown in freight this year from previous years which is affecting some of the majors that expanded rapidly the past few years. It's by no means a massive problem, and it isn't affecting everyone equally. But some of the majors have clearly slowed down their hiring a little bit.

One telltale sign is the amount of money the various companies are spending on advertising with Google. I advertise with Google and they give us some insights into the spending that others are doing in your niche. The spending has slowed considerably for some of the major carriers over the past 3 - 6 months. They're simply not recruiting very hard right now.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Richard G.'s Comment
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Ok, thanks everyone. I appreciate it. I just want to explain a little bit about why I got a DWI in the first place. I don't really drink, in fact it can be years between when I might take a drink of alcohol. Back in Sept of 2014, I had been driving for about 9 years, the last 2 years I was driving for a company called Team One, which had a contract with UPS, who in turn had a contract with Honda/Acura at a facility in Irving,TX. We delivered parts to all the dealerships in North Texas and south Oklahoma and all of the dealerships in Colorado. It was a team operation. On that day about 4 miles west of the Texas Motor Speedway on TX 114. I was driving thru a construction zone when this guy in a gravel truck, owned by a company called Sunset Trucking, drifted into my lane on a 2 lane road. I had to take evasive action to avoid a head-on collision. but had no shoulder on my side. with the orange barrels. I avoided him hitting us head-on, but my trailer was struck. He then hit a woman that was following me head-on killing her instantly. He then rolled over and ended up in a field. and her car as well. I stopped and got out and was the first to come upon her car, " I didn't even know she was behind me, as she was following me too close." It was completely crushed as he had pretty much driven up on top of her. Inside I saw this woman who was in pieces laying flat crushed down. And she looked like my Mother, who was killed when I was 11 years old. Which devastated me as a child. So basically after this, I started to fall apart. I drove for a couple more weeks, but I stop because I was having trouble going down this road. I started having nightmares and my sister told me I had survivors guilt as I would go to a store or something and think about how this woman couldn't go to a store anymore. just things like that. I started drinking to just pass out at night. alone in my apartment. I went to visit a friend because I had to just get out of there. We were drinking and watching a race. When we started arguing, I ended up having to leave, but he lives out in the country. So there wasn't anywhere's to park. I had to drive about 5 miles and found a parking lot. I went to sleep and was woken up by police. and that's how this all happened. I'm not a drug addict or a person who has a drinking problem. I just wanted to explain why I got a DWI. anyways, since then my life has been turned up side down. All I know how to make money, REAL money that you can live on your own is in trucking. since then its been being homeless, living with relatives and now back to being homeless again. I just want my life back. So, I just wanted to clarify about why I have this DWI. for all the money I have spent on everything related to this DWI, and the lost wages from losing my CDL. which by the way. was downgraded a month before I got the DWI because I didn't go renew my physical, I could've paid a cab to drive me back and forth across the US several times. So thanks for reading this long post. Oh, not that it really helped me in the grand scheme of what happened. the guy had crash cameras on his truck. He tried to say I drifted into his lane. But it of course showed what really happened. the NTSB and TxDPS said I did an excellent job of avoiding a head-on and not overreacting and rolling my truck in that field on my side of the road. But this didn't help me really. as I just kept kicking myself on what if I could've done this or that to prevent that lady from being killed. just stupid stuff. I know I couldn't have done anything now to keep her alive. but at the time I was really bothered about 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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Richard G.'s Comment
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There are plenty of companies that will hire you, you just keep filling out those applications. good-luck.gif

Yeah, I'm trying to get my CDL again. wanted to go to Prime because they feed you and let you stay there while you get the CDL. as I don't have money to feed myself. But the being fired and having been at alot of trucking companies in the past. which most were way past the 1 year most trucking company sponsored training requires you to stay with them. it's like you say. they just need to bother with someone like me.

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Agree with both OS and PackRat.

At this point - some of the larger companies are getting "pickier" on major driving offenses (like DUI's) because the large influx of applicants allows them to do so. Hence they "change up" on things like DUI's and criminal convictions, because they have plenty of applicants that aren't afflicted by these issues.

Keep applying EVERYWHERE.

Also helps to put your home location in your profile. There may be smaller regional outfits that you might have an easier time getting into - so it helps to know where you are geographically.

Rick

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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