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Brian N.'s Comment
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If I was charged with a ovi charge but later the court dismissed the charge will it still be on my record will I have to go through a sap program an return to duty process

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.

Chris K.'s Comment
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What is an OVI charge?

Bklyn Dreams's Comment
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Operating vehicle while impaired.

Brian N.'s Comment
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It's operating under the influence but I wasn't an the courts later dismissed the charge so I was never found guilty or anything like tht its like it never happened

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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It's operating under the influence but I wasn't an the courts later dismissed the charge so I was never found guilty or anything like tht its like it never happened

Haya, Brian & welcome to Trucking Truth!!

Was this in your Personal Vehilcle? Did you already have your CDLA, and were you employed as a driver yet? More details will yield more help from the people on here!

Also, add your location (even the STATE, if only) to your profile; some laws may differ.

Hope we can help ya!

~ Anne ~

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.
Chris K.'s Comment
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It will probably show up, a company will probably not hire you, probably your first choice company, but in the long run you will get hired. Especially if it was dismissed. 5 years before I drove I was pulled for swerving over the line. I blew a .07 and was taken down to station where I blew a .05. I was sent home no dui or arrest etc. It came up during orientation at Stevens out of the blue. I thought I was a goner. Nope. This was in 2005 so I am sure it will surface. You might catch some flack about it just to see if they can rile you up. The dude at Stevens admitted to doing it to see how I reacted. He did the same to other drivers in my class. His famous line was "when was last time you smoked a joint"? Here I go rambling again. dancing.gif

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Answer the questions asked. There is a difference between "have your been arrested...." And "have your been convicted". Also "ever " and "in the past 3 years"

Only answer what is asked. Do not lose your cool if you are confronted with questions about it. Be honest.

Raphael G.'s Comment
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I have never found guilty or anything like that it's like never happened.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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I have never found guilty or anything like that it's like never happened.

That's not quite what it means. If there is a record of an arrest, that arrest very much did happen.

Just listen to what Kearsey told you. Answer the questions according to exactly what the question says. Don't overthink it from there. If a question asks if you have EVER been arrested for a DUI , answer yes. There is almost always a place on the application to explain circumstances. That's where you explain simply and clearly what happened. Provide dates and the disposition of the case. That's it. Either the company will say, "That's nothing" or "You are not qualified." If your application is declined, move on to the next company. There are thousands of them in the US, so don't worry about just one telling you "No."

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Trucker Chris (CK)'s Comment
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As Kearsey said, answer the questions honestly, but as narrowly as possible. Don't volunteer information that isn't required.

But, unless your record was expunged, your arrest, charges and case are permanent and public record. You will probably be confronted with it during any background investigation.

Good luck!

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