Getting Hired With A Background

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Philip F.'s Comment
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I’m currently a month shy of my 50th. I have one felony conviction from 1990 and two from 2003. The 2003 is possession and possession with intent to sell and deliver steroids about 100.00 dollars worth. I was convicted of assault on female and a domestic violence protective order violation both misdemeanors in 2017. The domestic stuff was over having an affair and I never struck my wife. Is it possible for me to find a company sponsored program for CDL and a job with the company? I received 2 yrs probation on the 2003 charges and the 2017 charges and completed both probation periods without any problems. I know this is a lot but any and all help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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.
Turtle's Comment
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Welcome to The forum, Philip.

The 2017 stuff may prove to be your biggest hurdle, but it doesn't sound like anything that can't be overcome. Many companies want to see a fair amount of trouble-free time following any convictions. Along with that, they're going to look at your employment history. A good score there will help you trump the other issues.

I definitely suggest Paid CDL Training Programs. Apply to as many as you can, lay out your history, and see who bites. As long as you're completely honest on your application, someone will nibble. Good luck.

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

Philip F.'s Comment
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Thank you so much for your reply. I really want to do this to provide a better life for my family and I’m more than willing to take the bumps to get going in the trucking industry all I want is the chance. I’ve read a lot about other people who have things in their past I’m just hope I can have that success as well

I’m currently a month shy of my 50th. I have one felony conviction from 1990 and two from 2003. The 2003 is possession and possession with intent to sell and deliver steroids about 100.00 dollars worth. I was convicted of assault on female and a domestic violence protective order violation both misdemeanors in 2017. The domestic stuff was over having an affair and I never struck my wife. Is it possible for me to find a company sponsored program for CDL and a job with the company? I received 2 yrs probation on the 2003 charges and the 2017 charges and completed both probation periods without any problems. I know this is a lot but any and all help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Understand some companies will have a lifetime limit. You are talking 3 felonies (drug related) and 2 misdemeanors (violence related). That sounds bad

CDL schools will take your money and cant guarantee a job, so dont waste your money.

Call EVERY sponsored training you can find and be honest. Take responsibility. Be matter of fact but dont downplay it. "It was only $100" or "i didnt touch her" won't help you. It will look like avoiding responsibility.

I know a Prime recruiter told me 10 years from the completion of a felony sentence. They gave one of my trainees a hassle about 2 misdemeanors that were 20 years old.

Dont give up, but realize it could be an uphill battle. Company policies constantly change. good luck

Companies that Hire Felons

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.
Philip F.'s Comment
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I have read about so many people going to prison and getting out and having much worse but still going to company sponsored CDL programs and getting jobs. Do you think because the steroid charges and domestic stuff I don't have a chance? The other felony is from 1990 thats almost 30 years old. I was really hoping that with all I have read about guys getting hired that have done serious prison time that I would have a chance.

Understand some companies will have a lifetime limit. You are talking 3 felonies (drug related) and 2 misdemeanors (violence related). That sounds bad

CDL schools will take your money and cant guarantee a job, so dont waste your money.

Call EVERY sponsored training you can find and be honest. Take responsibility. Be matter of fact but dont downplay it. "It was only $100" or "i didnt touch her" won't help you. It will look like avoiding responsibility.

I know a Prime recruiter told me 10 years from the completion of a felony sentence. They gave one of my trainees a hassle about 2 misdemeanors that were 20 years old.

Dont give up, but realize it could be an uphill battle. Company policies constantly change. good luck

Companies that Hire Felons

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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You have a chance but you need to

1) Expect rejections, lots of them.

2) Call everyone

3) Understand you might need to start at a company that pays a lot less for a year, then move to a higher paying company.

Also, theres the question "Have you EVER failed a drug test". Different companies may ask "Have you failed a drug test in the last 3 years?" Answer the question given to you.

A drug test failure will be an issue if you failed. They will want a SAP completion. And lying or trying to hide anything will only make it worse.

Some companies won't take a driver with a DUI and no prison no matter if the DUI was 40.years ago so don't down play your record and expect to be accepted just because "lots of guys i read about got hired".

Just because they got hired doesnt mean it was a good company or one that trains. I know a felon who got hired but the mom n pop company never put him on the insurance so he eas driving illegally and they tried to make him pay for an accident. Most training companies self pay the insurance because insurance is so high for new drivers. Add criminal, DMV , or drug histories and you are a greater liability.

Check out this article

What You Nerd to Know Before Going to CDL School

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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