Companies That Hire Felons

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Chris D.'s Comment
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I am soon to graduate CDL School and and I'm looking for a company who will take me in as a new unexperienced driver. I caught a felony in 2014 and got off probation and early 2016 that's been almost 8 years ago. I also have a misdemeanor that I caught about 2 years ago but the case got dismissed .I'm thinking that I could probably pass the 7-year background check but I think most of the companies do a 10 year background check. Do you think that a dismissed charge could be a hindrance to finding a job? Also do you know of any companies that maybe only go back 5 years or are willing to accept felons? There are a lot of list floating around but they all seem to be outdated

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.
Old School's Comment
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I could provide you with our list, but you would probably consider it outdated.

You need to apply everywhere and just see who shows some interest. Many companies will consider felonies on a case by case basis.

You have to realize hiring of drivers is tough right now anyway. You already have some strikes against you making it extra hard. Be persistent and resilient - that will pay off for you.

Oh, what the heck, here's a list...

Companies Hiring Felons

Chris D.'s Comment
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Thanks this at least gives me where to start looking and I appreciate that

I could provide you with our list, but you would probably consider it outdated.

You need to apply everywhere and just see who shows some interest. Many companies will consider felonies on a case by case basis.

You have to realize hiring of drivers is tough right now anyway. You already have some strikes against you making it extra hard. Be persistent and resilient - that will pay off for you.

Oh, what the heck, here's a list...

Companies Hiring Felons

Old School's Comment
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Hey Chris, help me out. I'm a little confused about your situation.

You said this...

I caught a felony in 2014 and got off probation and early 2016 that's been almost 8 years ago.

If you were on probation, then you really don't have a conviction. Am I correct on this? Isn't probation considered as deferred adjudication and not really a felony conviction? I'm certainly no attorney, but that's the way I understand it. Maybe different states handle it differently.

Can you give us more information?

Chris D.'s Comment
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No that was labeled as a conviction not all probation results in deferred adjudication so after my probation it still got put on my record

Hey Chris, help me out. I'm a little confused about your situation.

You said this...

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I caught a felony in 2014 and got off probation and early 2016 that's been almost 8 years ago.

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If you were on probation, then you really don't have a conviction. Am I correct on this? Isn't probation considered as deferred adjudication and not really a felony conviction? I'm certainly no attorney, but that's the way I understand it. Maybe different states handle it differently.

Can you give us more information?

PJ's Comment
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Probation/parole is in lew of incararation and has nothing to to with the conviction in most states. Most sentencing reports show a custody term for the original conviction. Probation can be granted to serve that time period instead of sitting in jail/prison. Any violation of that probation will result in serving that original time in custody.

The dismissed misd should not cause any problems, but as said companies evaluate felonies according to their own criteria.

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