Is there any use for me to continue with trucking?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by davetrucker, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. G/MAN

    G/MAN Road Train Member

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    Things do drop off of your MVR in this country after about 3 years. Some states, such as Georgia have 3, 5 and 7 year MVR's you can order. Carriers and insurance companies only consider the last 3 years. Any criminal record is on your record forever. In this country anyone who states that they have a legitimate reason to access you credit file may do so. Most insurance companies regularly check your credit before they will insure you. I don't think that it is right so many people can get into your credit file. It makes it much easier for someone to steal your identity.
     
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  3. grozen

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    In a number of European countries (not all) there is a rather complicated procedure to erase permanently your criminal record if you prove significant change and important efforts benefiting the whole society (this does not include first degree murder of course or armed intrusion). So once erased this information is not available anywhere any more. There are no files left even on police or court information systems. Even in cases of very serious crimes when erasing is not possible after certain amounts of years and proving significant changes in your ways of life the court can order your file to be accessible only from the police or the court information systems.
     
  4. Swiftey

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    something not many people know if they do fall off or get expunged or what not and u are trucking and going over the border and anyone asks u if u have a Dui for the love of god say yes customs on both american and canadian sides will always have every single thing you have ever done regardless of wether obama grants u a personal pardon, you say no, and then the bells start going offf and u get angry ppl with guns asking you why ur lieing. it may be erased everywhere else but never ever on those border computers, handy tip :) this includes records before 18 as well no matter what it is they will always be able to see it at the border.
     
  5. G/MAN

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    That is interesting. Some states in this country will erase criminal records if you were found not guilty. I believe that Georgia is one state that will expunge criminal records for those found not guilty. I don't know of any that will expunge records of those who have been found guilty or convicted of a criminal act. The unfortunate aspect is that no matter how much the person does to improve or turn his life around he will always have some limitations because of his past criminal record. Some won't be able to cross into Canada if they have had a conviction for some misdemeanors. What is minor in the U.S. could be considered a felony in Canada. A DUI is one of those examples. It is ironic that you can pay Canada a fee to get a pardon and if it is granted then it is like it never happened. Many countries do have restrictions on those with certain criminal offenses. It is a shame that something that may have happened in ones youth would follow someone for the rest of their life. An exception to that rule should be anyone who harms a child. I have no sympathy for anyone who hurts a child.
     
  6. grozen

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    Hmmm.....maybe in the European union itself border control can access this information. Thanks God it never happened to me and will never happen because I am a yoga and healthy lifestyle freak. Never drink, never smoke and never tried any illegal drugs. I have a question, just curious. How serious is DUI in this country. In my country if you did not drink a lot you are just fined and jailed for 1-2 days. If you drunk a lot they cancel your driver's rights for 6 month or 1 year. The second time longer. But unless you cause an accident under influence, you really don't go to prison. And in most cases (if your job does not require driving of course) your employer will never know about it. The whole background check thing in Poland is highly undeveloped. And we do not have DAC report.
     
  7. G/MAN

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    Penalties can vary from state to state, but for the most part you can go to jail for 48 hours and lose your license for 1 year in my state. If you refuse to take the sobriety test you will be considered guilty and the penalties are the same. I think there is also a stiff fine. I believe the penalties are pretty much uniform throughout the country. In most states, you don't have to be driving to be charged and convicted of DUI. If you are sitting in a parked car with the keys in the ignition, then you are considered in physical control of the car. Some states have gotten around the constitutional challenges by stating that a drivers license is a privilege rather than a right, although you go through the same process as you do to earn a degree or high school diploma. With all of them one must prove proficiency. It has become a very slippery slope in this country.

    Any alcohol or drug charge has become very serious in this country, especially for those who hold a CDL. It can be a career killer for at least 5-10 years. It can prevent someone from working in this business just as much as having a felony. Some carriers won't hire anyone with a DUI regardless of the length of time since the conviction. Most won't hire anyone who has had a conviction in a class 8 truck. When I was growing up you might be arrested for DUI, but never charged for refusing to take the breath test. Sometimes the officer would drive you home. It is against our constitution to give evidence against yourself. States have sidestepped this amendment or freedom with the privilege provision. If you want to be a professional driver it would be best to stay away from alcohol when you know you will be driving. Stay away from illegal drugs, period. Either can end a career.
     
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    That is very interesting, indeed! In Poland you can not refuse to take a breath test. It is considered serious offense to refuse anything to police officer.
     
  9. Redtires019

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    I do not know about other states, but in Alabama it is required to submit to a breath analyst

    In Alabama you are required to submit to a breath analysis or blood test. If you submit to the test your license will be good until your court date where the judge will determine guilt and assign a sentence.

    If you refuse it is considered an automatic guilty and you lose your license is suspended immediately. Alabama will also double the time the licence is suspended after you go before the judge for a refusal to submit to a breath test. also and will be suspended for twice as long as it would be if you blew.
     
  10. G/MAN

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    The refusal laws are a violation of the fifth amendment. I find it interesting that most states who have these laws have skirted the fifth amendment by stating that a drivers license in a privilege, even though you go through the same process as one would when earning a high school diploma or college degree. A true privilege should be given without cost or any requirement to prove proficiency. In order to get a drivers license we must take a written and road test. In order to get a high school diploma or college degree you must prove proficiency through testing. Regardless of which side you are on in this issue, it should greatly concern all of us that we could be convicted of a crime by refusing to provide evidence against ourselves, which has been greatly accepted in every other situation but driving. The interesting thing about alcohol is that you don't even have to be driving to lose your license or to be found guilty. We are seeing more expansion of government powers since this legislation. It gives the state much too much authority over our freedoms.
     
  11. 123456

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    Davetrucker,

    Any Updates, how is training going ??
     
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