Possession Charge.

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Chitty Chitty bang bang 's Comment
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Hope everyone here is all well. I just attained my CDL a couple weeks ago and have been applying to jobs each day. I have a fair driving record with 1 moving violation in 6 years. That said my sister got married in June and we drove 20 minutes to another state for the reception where weed is illegal. I do not smoke weed but my family were sittin in my car smoking as I smoked a cigarette. The police pulled up and only searched me and found less than a gram of weed in the car nobody confessed so I got held accountable for the weed and have been fighting this charge since June 2023. I take accountability for this happening even though it wasn’t mine and I don’t smoke weed maybe I shouldn’t have let them smoke in the car but it’s nothin I can do about it now. The case is pending as I’m still trying to fight it from being a conviction. 1 company has denied my application because of it and I don’t want to give up trying but is there anything I can do? I’m being honest and I can’t change what took place I just don’t want to lie and a couple hires me and finds out later down the line which could screw me even more but I haven’t been convicted just charged. Thanks for any advice stay blessed.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Your car so everything that happens in it is on you. Unless you are found not guilty by the court, your chances are close to zero for getting hired.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Failed to mention what state this happened in. When it was still illegal in Calif, under an ounce used cost ya a $100 ticket, I "heard", since I didn't smoke it myself.....Sounds like where ever it was, they are hard core on zero tolerance!

Some family member/friend ya had there, they wouldn't even "cop" to it being their weed ??. I wouldn't count on em having your back down the road, if something worse were to happen.

Best of luck getting this behind you, and maybe moving forward in your endeavor to get into trucking.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Most companies will have a policy on the time frame since the end of sentence... not the chatge or conviction date. So it may take you a year or more. Good luck. This is why i stress company cdl programs. Now you are out time and money and will have to go thru schooling again if you cant find a job within 90 days.

CR England may bite

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.
Banks's Comment
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Like SteveO said without knowing the state it's hard to make a guess here, but I'll try.

For that amount and assuming your first time offender you'll probably end up with a deferred sentence and some community service or a fine, with the conviction being expunged after a certain amount of time.

You won't be able to get hired right now because of the pending charges. There's too much competition from people looking for work, experienced drivers that have parked their rigs or their company shutdown, experienced drivers looking for greener pastures etc.

Kearsey is right. You'll have a stale CDL in 90 days and you'll be untouchable because of that and that's a whole new obstacle you'll have to overcome.

Good luck with all of this

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

Davy A.'s Comment
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As others have said, time is of the essence and its very competitive right now due to way too many drivers and not enough freight. The proven drivers are the ones getting the jobs for the most part.

You mentioned that you have been "fighting the charge". Im not sure what that means, but Id highly recommend getting an attorney on it and getting it dealt with asap. I think an attorney can help with that.

If your CDL does go stale, Id recommend pursuing company provided education and retaking the test under a company. There are still companies hiring.

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.

Chitty Chitty bang bang 's Comment
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Thanks to all that replied. To answer some questions the police were very hostile about the weed smoke so I guess everyone was afraid of speaking up. What I mean by fighting the case is going to court first for a hearing no judge there and the 2nd time pleading my case. I have looked for a lawyer but funds are low at the moment. The state was WI. Pending charges haven’t shown up on my motor vehicle report but without assuming I’m good just trying to beat the case.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
BK's Comment
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You might try to call the Wisconsin Bar Association and see if they could connect you with an attorney on a pro-bono basis. You do need legal help with this asap.

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.

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