If someone has pending felonies and is on probation, is there a trucking company

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by I Push 18 Wheelers, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. I Push 18 Wheelers

    I Push 18 Wheelers Bobtail Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    That would hire a person? He almost had a CDL once. Failed state test. His cases are drugs (meth and a theft). He has changed his life around for the better.
  2. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    Depends on how old the convictions are.
    What the terms of probation are

    Drugs and Theft are not good.

    If a CDL can be obtained, the last chance companies may hire depending on what he answers to the questions above.

    The best thing to do is get the CDL first.
    Look into state assistance for getting into an approved school. With CDL in hand, the odds improve slightly.
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  3. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    If one is on probation it hasn't been long enough to know one has changed. That said do you have any travel restrictions? That's common and if so it's very hard, but not impossible, for a driver with no experience to get a local job.
    No matter what though it's an uphill battle, and most places that would hire you you would not want to work for. Maybe work the docks at a company like UPS (If they will hire with a theft felony) and in a few years transition to a driver position.
  4. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    Changed or not, and I hope for his sake he really has, that meth thing may be a killer. Might be better to wait until off probation.
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  5. I Push 18 Wheelers

    I Push 18 Wheelers Bobtail Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    He's been in and out of prison his teenage life and early adult hood. I used to tell him that his actions will affect him later and such as they are now.

    Now he's upset that no one wants to hire him because of his past. Feel bad for him being it's my brother.

    He has travel restrictions. Drug court. All that. He wants to be a trucker because I've been doing it most of my life.
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    He can probably get a local job until the travel restrictions are lifted.
    Which city/town is he in or near?
    If he were my brother, I'd tell him to get a cdl from a school, so he's prepared when there's a job offer. No benefit in looking for a job with no cdl, because some company will hire him and he needs to be ready.
    Prepare for hair follicle drug test also. If need be, shave that head now and let fresh hair grow back.
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  7. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

    May 28, 2015
    I understand you feeling bad for him because he's your brother.
    He made his choices, though, and now he has to deal with the consequences.
    I'd perhaps push him into diesel mechanics.. those are always in need.. and he can at least be near the biz until his price is satisfied.

    Once his restrictions are lifted and his record has shown no further contamination, he should be able to follow his dream.

    His past and this profession don't mix well.. as you know.

    Good luck to him !
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  8. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Hampton Virginia
    Just based on the word "pending" I would not get too optimistic. This is a highly regulated industry, and it's also insurance-driven. Since this person does not currently have a CDL and if there is not a good chance of incarceration within the next few months you might find something driving a Non-CDL CMV. Right now you can basically forget CDL driving unless of course there is enough money to pay for the school.

    I might also add that pending cases involving drugs and moral turpitude like stealing are killers in this industry. It galls me to have to write things like this because I rather stay optimistic with my replies. I can't with this one. I do wish this "friend" good luck though!
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  9. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Theft is one thing that will sink him.

    This industry is really paranoid towards those who have theft in history. Not going to hand a 180000 dollar tractor, 60000 dollar reefer and a million in narcotics pharmacy to just anyone.

    The good news is that given enough time even felons build new futures in trucking from nothing. Even if they did unload trailers for cash money several times a day.

    That meth and drugs will run him into a intolerant trucking industry at the federal level. If it has been reported to his records and capable of being found in the new Clearinghouse database (Which is a mirror of CDLIS) he will be excluded.

    The probation and anything will jam him up. I don't know the exact law wording, but in this industry where you get to travel around the USA and so on you must not be a fugitive, pending anything in court, probation and so on. You need to be "Free as a bird" to travel.

    Due to his situation Canada is verboten. That will reduce some of his employable. Canada Customs will absolutely pull him up at the bridge, know right away what history he has and refuse him entry. No ifs buts or maybes.

    Its NOT ALL BAD. given enough time even the bad cases will do ok in this industry as long it does not involve theft, manslaughter with CMV or other high crimes that will absolutely see him banned for years or life depending on what the offense is.

    The biggest thing ever here before anything is to get clear of the Probation, monitoring or anything at all. There is no point in trying to do anything for trucking until he is absolutely free as a bird. And even then that theft and meth would be a problem still.
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  10. Hazmat Cat

    Hazmat Cat Light Load Member

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