Finding A Trucking Company With A Criminal Record

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Kenneth S.'s Comment
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Hello everyone,

Im currently finishing up trucking school and am looking for a trucking company to get into. Now, my issue is that i have a possession of marijuana charge from may of 2013 but termination of probation has been a year now. It seems like Trans am is the only company that i am hearing about that is lenient when it comes to criminal records but Im also starting to realize that is because their pay is crap. Anyone know of any other companies that would take someone with a two year old charge ?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Best Answer!

We now have a huge list of Trucking Companies That Hire Drivers With Felonies. It turns out almost all companies say they are willing to hire people with felonies but they all have different policies and they all review each one on a case by case basis.

With such a recent charge it's going to be pretty difficult to find a major company that will take you. Most companies require 5 or more years since the conviction. I don't know if any Company-Sponsored Training Programs would take you or not. If not, you're obviously limited to attending a Private Truck Driving School but I wouldn't do that unless you have at least two or three pre-hires. We have a ton of information about pre-hires in our wiki.

If you can get two or three pre-hires from companies then you should have no trouble finding work after graduating from CDL training and you don't have to commit to the schooling to apply for pre-hires. You can find out before you even commit to any sort of schooling so at least you won't have to take the chance on getting a CDL and not being able to find work.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Brian M.'s Comment
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This question comes up so often and the sad truth is many people in your situation find it hard to land a job with some of the better paying companies at first. Western Express and Carolina come to mind but they are also on the lower tier pay scale. Fill out as many applications as you can and see if a better choice sticks but realistically you may have to prove yourself with one of these companies for a year before you can reap more reward. Good luck on your quest.

Stan S.'s Comment
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You have a charge for marijuana but I have a charge of aggravated assault which happened in 1998. I am highly trained already in driving a city bus, electric commuter train, heavy equipment and a fork lift but if a criminal record will prevent me from landing a truck driving job I don't want to put in the time and money to pursue it. I'd sure like to drive a truck though

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Best Answer!

We now have a huge list of Trucking Companies That Hire Drivers With Felonies. It turns out almost all companies say they are willing to hire people with felonies but they all have different policies and they all review each one on a case by case basis.

With such a recent charge it's going to be pretty difficult to find a major company that will take you. Most companies require 5 or more years since the conviction. I don't know if any Company-Sponsored Training Programs would take you or not. If not, you're obviously limited to attending a Private Truck Driving School but I wouldn't do that unless you have at least two or three pre-hires. We have a ton of information about pre-hires in our wiki.

If you can get two or three pre-hires from companies then you should have no trouble finding work after graduating from CDL training and you don't have to commit to the schooling to apply for pre-hires. You can find out before you even commit to any sort of schooling so at least you won't have to take the chance on getting a CDL and not being able to find work.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Twisted sister 's Comment
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You have a charge for marijuana but I have a charge of aggravated assault which happened in 1998. I am highly trained already in driving a city bus, electric commuter train, heavy equipment and a fork lift but if a criminal record will prevent me from landing a truck driving job I don't want to put in the time and money to pursue it. I'd sure like to drive a truck though

I have 3 _3rd degree felonies on my record and finding it hard to get a job my charges are 14 years old ... My driving record is awesome 1 ticket in 35 years ... No drug charges Knight and werner both turned me down.. Did finally get an offer from us, wel, and western ..going with western becaus I want to drive flatbed

Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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Cr england and western express.

Stan S.'s Comment
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Cr england and western express.

I really need to have my information as accurate as hell if I apply for Western Express otherwise I'll be hoofing it back home. See second paragraph in bold.

Thank you for your interest in Western Express. To apply for a driving position, please complete our online application for employment. Incomplete information will delay the processing of your application or prevent it from being submitted.

If you are disqualified at driver orientation for something you did not disclose or falsified to our recruiter prior to orientation, you will be responsible for your own transportation home.

Western Express, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. To fill out this form, you will need to know the following:

  • Social Security Number
  • Home address history for the past 3 years
  • Current driver license number and driver license history for the past 3 years
  • Employment history up to 10 years
  • History of traffic accidents, violations and/or convictions from the last 3 years (including DUI or reckless driving conviction and license suspension)
  • Criminal history
  • Military history (if applicable)

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I really need to have my information as accurate as hell if I apply for Western Express otherwise I'll be hoofing it back home

That's true for any company. When you first fill out an application the company will take it at face value and invite you to come to orientation if it looks like you qualify. Almost all companies will pay for your bus ticket to their location. Then once you arrive at orientation they first begin the background checks. If it turns out you lied about anything or failed to disclose critical information they will indeed ask you to leave. Often times you will be escorted off the property by security and you will literally be walking down the road with your duffel bags in your hands trying to figure out how you're going to get home.

So to everyone out there - make sure you're 100% honest on your applications. You might think you've fooled someone when they invite you to orientation but you'll soon find out the joke's on you unfortunately.

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