Trouble Finding A Trucking School That Will Take Me Because Of Misdemeanor Charges Can Anyone Help?

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Ron D.'s Comment
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I'm having no luck finding a company that provides schooling that will accept me. I've contacted swift, prime, cr england, Stevens, ffe and others and have been denied by all because of a misdemeanor assault and a shoplifting charge that amounted to 10 dollars. The assault charge is a bogus one that I took because of my ignorance and lack of a lawyer, Ifought it for a year it was set for trial then the state informed my PD that they were going to try for felony charges if I didn't take the deal all I could think was felony? I can't have that so afraid of higher consequences I took a lower charge to erase the chance of higher consequences not knowing this miscalculation would affect my quality of life forever. The shoplifting charge happens early this year was a stupid decision and I take full responsibility for it. With all that said I never knew you had to be a saint to drive a truck?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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From what I understand, any theft-related conviction is generally considered pretty bad for employment purposes. I'm not judging, believe me, I know plenty of people who have made simple little mistakes like that, but it's a shame when a dumb decision from one's past can so strongly affect one's future. Have you looked into hiring a lawyer and possibly trying to get it expunged from your record?

Old School's Comment
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Ron, there are three charges that are considered very difficult to overcome when getting into trucking and you have managed to have two of them against you. The third would be drug trafficking.

Look, you can still do this but you may have to keep clean and prove yourself for a few years. I don't think you can get into any of the training programs with recent criminal charges. They are usually going to want around five years or more from the time you completed your punishment phase. If these charges were deferred then you could have them removed, but even that step takes some time, usually there is a period of years that must go by before they can be expunged.

If you can get some pre-hires now you could try and figure out a way to go to a private school. Take a look at Understanding Pre-Hires. They are basically a letter from a trucking company saying that they have checked your background and driving records and are willing to hire you once you've gotten your CDL. There are a few companies out there who are less strict about minor criminal records, two of them that come to mind are Western Express, and Carolina Cargo. There are funds available through many states unemployment offices that will pay for your schooling if you can provide them with some pre-hire letters. Hang in there and don't give up so quickly. I understand completely because I had a terrible time landing a job when I first started even though my problems weren't the same as yours, they still seemed insurmountable. Tenacity is your best friend when trying to get this career off to a start.

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.

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.

Ron D.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info guys. The shortest wait for employment with any company was 6 months and that was Stevens.I haven't tried to get my charges expunged I honestly dont think I have a chance of getting anything expunged

Bilbo's Comment
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I would definitely take old scools advice and try a private school. I know the schools in my hometown do 100 percent fiancing and have a 100 percent job placement rate with companies that offer tution reimbursement. You can see how many pre-hires you can get before you even start school! I too have a misdemeanor on my record (drug paraphernalia) that will be expunged in August. I have wanted to get into the industry for awhile now but this also has always been a big problem for me. Is there anyone else that cold help Ron out?

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.

William S.'s Comment
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TDDS Technical School takes people with a record. It's not a company sponsored school so there is not contract with an amount of time you have to work to fullfill. It's an accredited school which means you can get federal student aid to help pay for it and if you're under a certain income level you can qualify for WIA. Accredited schools tend to be longer than company sponsored schools but more detailed. It's a great school, I went there. The instructors are very experienced and knowledgeable, the staff is easy to deal with and it's top notch training they provide. Everyone there does eveything they can to help you succeed. The school is great, the road trucks will pass inspection, the yard trucks are beat to hell and back and the dorms are doable but far from luxurious. Here's their link, www.tdds.edu. I went through their Externship Program. I finished there on 4/17 and got my CDL on 4/18.

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.
TorqueSide's Comment
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Coming from where I'm from & being who I am, I naturally inquired about this too.

The thing is in your case the trucking school has to find someone who will employ you before they enroll you which isn't going to be an easy task.

My best advice is do your research & find the best/most prestiged training institutions you can which will increase the chance of a company hiring you.

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