I agree with your desire to get an o/o to train you and to be willing to work for free to do it. There seems to be a lot of "horror" stories about crappy situations. If I get to follow through on a CDL my husband will be my trainer (post driving school of course).
If in the end the case was dropped i dont see what the problem is and alot of the companies out here review everything anyway and as for 5 years or 7 it doesent matter because companies will find out anyway just explain what the deal was most are smart enough to see it for what it was.but if it was dropped then case closed no charge.
I have found many Co's willing to give the chance but want some kind of exp. 3 or 6 mo. That isn't much but makes a big difference when ur talking ins. Co's. In a year or so I should be able to get on with a self ins. Co.