Will One Stupid Night In 2001 Cost Me A Shot At This?

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AJ D.'s Comment
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Well there is one more more thing that may be a deal breaker on this Trucking deal.

I had 1 DUI in 2001 coming home from the studio to change the bandage on a stallion's hurt leg. It had to be changed daily and my wife was out of town.

No one cares about the excuses, I know and in Tennessee it appears to be a life sentence on your record, although I have not gone down to verify this as fact.

By god, if you have have a brain that will wake you up to how serious law enforcement takes DUI. They put you through hell, believe me.

That's all it took, I've had one speeding ticket since.

I guess all I can do is get my record from the state and just be up front with every Company I approach for pre-approval.

How should I handle this?

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Old School's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Mr. Ed, errhh I mean AJD! (sorry I just couldn't resist after Brett said you look a lot like a horse) You can put your mind to rest on that DUI. You're right about the fact that it is a serious and costly matter though. Here's the deal: There may be a few companies that won't consider you as a potential employee, but most of them have a time limit as to how old a DUI or a felony must be for employment consideration. Some of them say it has to be five years old, but a large amount of them consider ten years old the acceptable benchmark or time limit. Almost all of them will have something on their website explaining their stance on this, if you can't find it you can always call a recruiter and ask. Don't feel bad about talking to a recruiter about it, they want to know everything they need to know about you anyway, they much prefer for you to be upfront with them, as they don't appreciate you surprising them with this information at the last minute.

Best of luck to ya! But really, I think you've had more than enough time go by on this one where it's not going to be much of an issue for you.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

AJ D.'s Comment
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....such a great relief, thanks...

It has always bothered me, so my brief stint with the law will be the first thing out of my mouth when I talk to a recruiter.

Welcome to the forum Mr. Ed, errhh I mean AJD! (sorry I just couldn't resist after Brett said you look a lot like a horse) You can put your mind to rest on that DUI. You're right about the fact that it is a serious and costly matter though. Here's the deal: There may be a few companies that won't consider you as a potential employee, but most of them have a time limit as to how old a DUI or a felony must be for employment consideration. Some of them say it has to be five years old, but a large amount of them consider ten years old the acceptable benchmark or time limit. Almost all of them will have something on their website explaining their stance on this, if you can't find it you can always call a recruiter and ask. Don't feel bad about talking to a recruiter about it, they want to know everything they need to know about you anyway, they much prefer for you to be upfront with them, as they don't appreciate you surprising them with this information at the last minute.

Best of luck to ya! But really, I think you've had more than enough time go by on this one where it's not going to be much of an issue for you.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I don't know if any of the company-sponsored programs would take you or not. Most of them have a no-DUI policy. But even if you go the private school route, make sure you get two or three pre-hires before committing to a school just to make sure you won't have problems finding work after graduation. Here's an article explaining the pre-hire process:

Understanding Pre-Hire Process

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Eugene's Comment
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Well there is one more more thing that may be a deal breaker on this Trucking deal.

I had 1 DUI in 2001 coming home from the studio to change the bandage on a stallion's hurt leg. It had to be changed daily and my wife was out of town.

No one cares about the excuses, I know and in Tennessee it appears to be a life sentence on your record, although I have not gone down to verify this as fact.

By god, if you have have a brain that will wake you up to how serious law enforcement takes DUI. They put you through hell, believe me.

That's all it took, I've had one speeding ticket since.

I guess all I can do is get my record from the state and just be up front with every Company I approach for pre-approval.

How should I handle this?

AJ: I know what it's like to have a 12 year old dui and want to get into the trucking business. It sure does appear to be a life sentence when you're looking for a job especially one that involves driving. I recently had an interview with a lady who asked if I had any dui's in my life. After I said yeah, just the one, she got real quiet. Boy I could almost hear her put my resume down before she said ok we'll be in touch. Regardless of that crap, I most agree with your last comment...just be up front with every company. I know I will and I will continue with my ambition to become a truck driver and with a company that will "forgive" my 12 year old piece of stupidity. I've been assured that most companies have a 5 to 10 year no dui policy, so odds are good for us dude.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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