How can I get a job w/ 2/2009 DUI?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by zasuandmorga, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. zasuandmorga

    zasuandmorga Bobtail Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    Norwood, PA 19074
    My name is John and I have been driving Tractor Trailer for about 20 years or so. I unfortunately got a DUI in February of 2009 - I have definitely learned my lesson on that!
    I have been having an extremely difficult time finding a new driving job - flat bed, multiple trailers, and oversized loads are my speciality. I also have a Tanker endorsement and experience with food grade tankers, but no Hazmat. Does anyone have any idea what I can do to find a job with my experience? I live in the Philadelphia area, and it would cost $200.00 or more to park a rig around here, so I think I would probably need something within about a 50 mile radius of Philly.
    Any thoughts, ideas or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
  2. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
    I wish I could help, but you'll find most companies have a 7-10 year no hire rule on DUI's.

    This is straight from the FMCSA website...

    Get ready for an arse chewing! :)
  3. BigJohn54

    BigJohn54 Gone, but NEVER forgotten

    May 13, 2011
    SW Missouri
    There are a few low quality companies that might consider you. Some companies are 3 - 5 years on the DWI/DUI. The problem will be once you are three years out, you won't have any experience in the past three years.

    I'm sure you can find someone that will hire you. You will only do it with in-person or telephone interviews. In addition, you will have to leave behind any special requirements like within 50 miles.

    You are going to have few options and you will have to work hard to find something.
  4. Bumpy

    Bumpy Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2009
    New Ulm,MN
    I too,wish I could help..I still,in some cases,get grief from some companies about two DUI's....FROM 1980..I was 20 years old.:biggrin_2556::biggrin_2556:
    I think you will have to wait at least 3 years;what I would do,if you,is use the phone,and call,call,call...but,sadly,I think it is an insurance issue.
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  5. WitchingHour

    WitchingHour Road Train Member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Broomfield, CO
    Insurance companies won't even consider you for the next three years after your conviction. When I was in South Africa, I met a few Americans driving who had gotten suspensions in the US (reasons vary as to why). It wasn't an easy route to go, however.
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  6. crzyjarmans

    crzyjarmans Road Train Member

    Jun 9, 2010
    Sorry, but doesnt look to good with that recent of a DUI, Not sure your situation, and not saying this is it, but I have seen drivers at truck stops pound down 18 packs and then some, dont know why any one needs to drink that much nightly, saw the same driver 2 nights in a row, at different truck stops, buy a 18 pack each night, just not to bright in my opinion
  7. Bumpy

    Bumpy Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2009
    New Ulm,MN
    Was that on the East Coast?:biggrin_2559: (Sorry,I couldn't resist):biggrin_25525:
  8. Bigarmin88

    Bigarmin88 Road Train Member

    Aug 30, 2008
    Tampa Bay Fl
    Not to hammer you but 20 years in this business and you get your self a DUI?..:biggrin_25513:

    To answer your question,more likely you going have to hang up your CDL for next 5-7 maybe 10 years before you can drive trucks again.Like I said before and ill say it again,insurance companies run this world no buts or ways around it,so that being said,any one who has insurance is not going to be able to insured you.
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  9. jaxx

    jaxx Bobtail Member

    May 8, 2009
    What about going owner/operator?Yea you'll prolbaly have to dish out more money to start ,but it's might be worth looking into? IMHO.
  10. Rollover the Original

    Rollover the Original Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2009
    Even if he does go O/O he's going to pay a real hefty price to get covered by insurance IF he can get anyone to stop laughing when he tells them about the DUI or they see it on his MVR. That rider, I would not want to see the cost of. There just might be a bottom feeder needing a driver he can get to haul freight for, for free or some tiny amount of money.

    I just hope everyone else who looked in this thread thinks long and hard about drinking a beverage that has any alcohol in it and then getting behind the wheel of anything, even a bicycle! You paid stupid money for that CDL so why would you think drinking and driving is a smart thing to do? I would hope that if you even pull into a bars parking lot or the driveway of a friend or relative who drinks more than a sane person would, you think about even taking a sip of anything knowing that your livelihood could be on the line not to mention all that money you will be paying out just for a pathetic little buzz.
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