Will I Be Able To Get A Job As CDL A Truck Driver With Two DWI'S?

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Mets M.'s Comment
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I've got a dwi in 2001 and another in 2002, no one was hurt and there was no accidents involved. I understand what I've done was wrong and have paid my dues. I have not had a drink in 13 years, I do not do drugs. My only other offense is an attempted assault 3rd degree in 2005 (it was self defense) but I left the scene since my life was threatened by 5 thugs, I beat one of them badly and the police said they are "known gang bangers" and the local sheriff's dept did everything they could for me just to keep me out of jail, but since I left and one of them was hospitalized I had to cop a charge for it. Since then I've got nothing at all on my record accept a seat belt ticket from 4 years ago where I was a passenger in my father's car that had a locked up seat belt I could not use. I'd really like to get my cdl and I've been studying for months, appreciate any advice I can get and God bless you all.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

BK's Comment
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Hello Mets and welcome to the forum.

I don’t usually jump in on this subject because others here are more knowledgeable about DWI violations and how they are viewed by companies, but yours are very old so I don’t think they will prevent you from getting a job.

Usually the time frame for having a clean record is 5 years or so. Yours is clean for about 15 to 20 years, so it is a favorable record currently.

My question would be this: How are you planning on obtaining your CDL? The recommendation here will be to get company sponsored paid training. Here is a link:

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Some companies have a lifetime limit. I drive for Prime and last I heard, it is a once in a lifetime, it wouldnt matter if it was 40 years ago.

Companies can be more picky now due to bad freight volumes. Apply to every Company Sponsored Program you can find and stick with whoever accepts you. Stay at least a year.

Do not waste money on a CDL school because you would be easting time and money if you cant find a job.

Paid CDL Training Programs

Apply For Paid CDL Training

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.
Mets M.'s Comment
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Hello Mets and welcome to the forum.

I don’t usually jump in on this subject because others here are more knowledgeable about DWI violations and how they are viewed by companies, but yours are very old so I don’t think they will prevent you from getting a job.

Usually the time frame for having a clean record is 5 years or so. Yours is clean for about 15 to 20 years, so it is a favorable record currently.

My question would be this: How are you planning on obtaining your CDL? The recommendation here will be to get company sponsored paid training. Here is a link:

Paid CDL Training Programs

Hi BK, thanks for the welcome and the link. I appreciate your encouragement.

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

Mets M.'s Comment
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Some companies have a lifetime limit. I drive for Prime and last I heard, it is a once in a lifetime, it wouldnt matter if it was 40 years ago.

Companies can be more picky now due to bad freight volumes. Apply to every Company Sponsored Program you can find and stick with whoever accepts you. Stay at least a year.

Do not waste money on a CDL school because you would be easting time and money if you cant find a job.

Paid CDL Training Programs

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Thank you Kearsey, i originally had the fantasy that i would pay myself through private school here in ny and land a lower paying local job, that would have been ideal as i have children. But it seems i need to go otr for one year and so I'm looking at TMC and Maverick, I'll be doing some research on Covenant and Wilson logistics tomorrow aswell. Unfortunately Prime would have absolutely been my first choice but i guess beggers can't be chosers and I appreciate your reply.

If i end up getting in the door somewhere I'll be happy and committed.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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