Is your criminal record holding you back or are you just po'd?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Unclehams, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Unclehams

    Unclehams Light Load Member

    Feb 7, 2010
    In 2010 I decided to drop out of college and go to trucking school on a Federal Grant thru the state employment department.

    I graduated July 31 2010 and a month later I was working for a #### company for 400 a week until I got over to another carrier. One of my biggest hurdles was being turned down for some theft felonies from 1994... However one of the bigger carriers gave me a break. THAT same break is available to YOU depending on your crime.

    Murder, Sex crimes, major Arson, drug transport will have you working for the worst company in the world if you even get hired.

    theft ,burglary, minor assault , minor drug charge won't be held against you so much if it was several years back. THE BIG thing when starting your career in trucking is to have a clean driving record.
    some companies will hire you with 1 DUI in the last 5+ years but if you have 2 in a life time it will be very hard. Its the insurance companies that wont insure someone with multiple DUI because of the risk of it happening again. ​

    If you get into one of these bigger companies its very important you learn all you can, don't have accidents or speeding tickets because despite YOUR criminal record if you manage to make it 2 years with no at fault accidents than you will have MUCH less problems with your criminal record holding you back from working for future trucking companies . THEY FIGURE YOU ALREADY PROVED YOU want to work and not be a criminal, they just want to not see any accidents.

    The biggest thing is to never give up trying to find a trucking job and remember that it will most likely be pretty ####ty at the start, lower wage, away from home. Just remember you are getting experience and being paid for it and after a year or two you will have enough experience to move to a better company.

    I started out in 2010 making 400 a week out 5 days which included unloading at times. After 3 months I worked at Covenant for 1 year teams. Moved on to Interstate as a solo driver for 6 months than moved to a local company doing line haul. 8 years later I am home every night working as an owner operator thanks to an older driver selling me one of his trucks. ( DO NOT JUMP INTO A LEASE )
    After fuel , expenses and 500 set aside for maintenance and or PUC I take home any where from 1400 to 2000. ONLY because I stayed the course.

    Lastly I dropped out of college and was dam near homeless and pissed at the world because I had some felonies which made finding work dam hard. Ever been turned working for a pizza place because you have a felony that's 16 years or so old?

    The Trucking industry gave me a chance and it will give you one too. Oh, my advice to any one is once you get enough money saved up get your record expunged, man is it a good feeling.

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  3. BrandonCDLdriver

    BrandonCDLdriver Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    Ozark will pretty much hire anyone with a clean MVR as long as you've been off paper 8-10 years. They really don't care what you did.
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  4. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

    May 28, 2015
    We need to copy and paste the OP's post and just slap it up as the first and only response on the 5 new questions each day asking the same questions.
    1) who will hire me with a criminal record?
    2) who will hire me with a DUI/drug conviction?

    He did it right.
    He's now successful.

    BRAVO, and a hearty golf clap !!!
  5. XYZ123

    XYZ123 Bobtail Member

    Jul 21, 2012
    A pizza place actually ran a criminal background check on you? Or did you have a brain fart and list your 16 year old crime on the application.
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Maybe he robbed a pizza delivery driver.
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  7. RedRover

    RedRover Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2016
    Corsicana, TX
    Companies hire me and back in the day I was a ####ing crash dummy. Every possible stupid thing a person could do, I've done.

    I stopped making excuses and started making moves. Completely different life now.
  8. Joseph-Venport

    Joseph-Venport Light Load Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    In spite of what you have said, I am a registrant who started out homeless in 2003 and bought a house in 2007, I bought my second house in 2017. I work for a company that hires anyone so long as their felony is over 10 years old and it does not matter what the felony was(does not matter pinheads)
    This company is huge and not some little ragbag company and they have benefits. You could say I am living the life of Reilly. We all must give the Devil his due. I live as good and I eat just as good as those big shots in Hollywood because I have much to be proud of. And I help others find a better life when I can.
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  9. Irishfan

    Irishfan Light Load Member

    Jul 11, 2020
    What company is this? I just graduated from CDL school, have my CDL A in hand, and getting lots of rejections because of the combination of 2 felony convictions (one requiring registry) from 2006 and an accident last month in my personal vehicle.
  10. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    If the felony "requiring registry" is a sex offense most outfits won't want any part of you.
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  11. Irishfan

    Irishfan Light Load Member

    Jul 11, 2020
    I just need one. Can't work for several companies at once.
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