Getting hired with a misdemeanor

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  1. wannabetrucker72287

    wannabetrucker72287 Bobtail Member

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    Hello. I have a misdemeanor on my record, carrying concealed weapon, from 13 years ago. So far I’m sure I’ve applied to almost every company that offers CDL training and they’ve all turned me down because of the misdemeanor. I have a spotless MVR and have been with my current job for 15 years driving with my class B CDL. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
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  3. Zack P

    Zack P Light Load Member

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    Do not list your misdemeanor unless the application specifically asks if you had any at all in your past. If it even so much as asks about criminal background within 10 years, then you don't list something older than 10 years.

    Do not volunteer information where none was requested. Answer the questions directly and to the point.
     
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  4. fishonron

    fishonron Medium Load Member

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    You may want to look at getting the misdemeanor expunged, call an attorney that specializes in expungements in the same district that the conviction occurred.

    I had 2 felony drug convictions from 28 years ago that I knew would disqualify me from being hired as a driver. It cost me about a grand and 6 months of waiting but was successful with the expungement.

    After that, the attorney said that even if I'm asked directly if I have ever been convicted I can legally say no.

    As a side note, only employers and such will not be able to see the past conviction. For the courts, law enforcement, border crossing agents, etc. it will always be there.
     
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  5. austinmike

    austinmike Road Train Member

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    You’ll be fine. I’ve got a record 3 pages long and I haul hazmat tanker.
    Good luck !
     
  6. wannabetrucker72287

    wannabetrucker72287 Bobtail Member

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    I wish that I could. My best friend is an attorney and he told me that unfortunately in Georgia, since my misdemeanor was part of a plea deal, it can never be expunged.
     
  7. fishonron

    fishonron Medium Load Member

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    Take a look at these changes made to Georgia expungement law on 1/1/21.
    Expungement of a Misdemeanor Conviction in Georgia — Georgia Personal Injury & Criminal Appeals

    Toward the bottom it says All misdemeanors are eligible for expungement except...
    Below that is the list for felony's.
    I don't see conceded carry on either list.

    My felonies were from Oregon. In Oregon to this day states that felonies can never be expunged but since mine were pot related and Oregon has drastically changed their view on that subject over the years I thought I'd give it a try. My attorney gave me a maybe at best but in the end it worked. If I would have relied on just what I read on the internet it would never happened for me.

    I know you said your friend is an attorney but I'd still reach out to someone that specializes in expungements.
    A phone consultation should be free and what do you have to lose?
     
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