Driver with a DUI

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Willbrian88, Jul 2, 2021.

  1. Willbrian88

    Willbrian88 Bobtail Member

    Jul 2, 2021
    I know I'm gonna get a huge amount of flack here, but I need help. I have 7.5 years experience but 2.5 years ago I walked away from driving. Shortly after that I got a DUI. Said DUI, is 2 years and 3 months old from conviction to be exact. It was in a personal vehicle and I've had no accidents or moving violations since then. I spent thousands on this screw up. And I again have an active cdl and I'm looking for work. I know what I did was wrong and I haven't did anything similar since nor do I plan to do it again but I'm a 33 year old with 3 kids I'm trying to feed so of anyone could give me some leads on were to look I'd appreciate it. I had a jam up record before the DUI. 4 years reefer and dry van exp, 1 year with cars and 2.5 years flatbedding. Thanks in advance. Out of lagrange Georgia.
  2. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    I can’t be much help as far as what companies to try, but I am sure someone will hire you. @Chinatown will know what to do.

    Sounds like you learned from your mistake and are making a real effort to do better, I respect that.
  3. Willbrian88

    Willbrian88 Bobtail Member

    Jul 2, 2021
    Hell I'm trying brother thank you.
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  4. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    South GA
  5. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    Did you have an active cdl when you got the dui?

    Also, if possible to wait another 9 months a lot of opportunities will open up because a lot of companies won't hire if a dui in the last 3 years.
  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Have you completed the SAP program; one that's approved by the FMCSA.
    @Moose1958 probably knows which programs are approved.
    Western Express and TransAm probably hire you.
    Probably make more money with Western Express though.
    @Kolorado knows a company that hires SAP graduates.
    @bryan21384 can fill you in on Climate Express.
    Edit: Maybe you don't need the SAP program after all. That's why I asked for @Moose1958 help.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2021
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  7. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Ainigriv Notpmah
    The OP most likely had a CDL at the time of the DUI and pursuant to Table 1 of 383.51 should have had their CDL suspended for a year. However, that was over a year ago so the OP should be clear per 383.51 to operate a CMV again.

    @Chinatown there was no violation of part 382 so that is not a concern.

    The largest problem is getting a carrier's insurance to allow the OP to drive. Otherwise, the OP is legally clear to operate a CMV. I also agree with @ZVar time is on your side. I suggest pounding the pavement, if you have to get a job hauling rubberized dog (redacted) out of Omaha, well do it!
  8. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Ainigriv Notpmah
    @Willbrian88 I HIGHLY suggest you follow that link I posted in my first comment and scan over Table 1. Look all the way to the right side. A 2nd conviction is a lifetime suspension of your CDL! I'm not trying to bust your balls. I am not on a soapbox either. I'm telling you straight out!!! Don't drink and drive! The FMCSA is DEAD SERIOUS about this. I don't think 383.51 is preached enough on these boards!
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  9. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    Stuck in Limbo
    One of the companies China listed will probably take you. Embrace the suck for a year or 2 and you'll find something better. Complete the sap program if you haven't yet
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