Question about a speeding ticket, what do I have to disclose on an application?

Discussion in 'Trucker Legal Advice' started by Massivenightmare, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. Massivenightmare

    Massivenightmare Bobtail Member

    Back in 4-20-2018 I got a speeding ticket for 90 in a 70, but on my driving record it only states "speeding equal to or greater than 10$ above posted". Of course, most potential employers will want to know the exact amount over I was doing, but am I legally required to disclose the exact speed I was doing?
     
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  3. ibcalm19

    ibcalm19 Heavy Load Member

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    It is more of honesty. You're basically asking is it ok to lie. If they really wanted to find out they could by asking you to provide a copy of the original ticket. The officer cut you a break by writing it up that way. I had the same type of scenario. I understand the ramifications that is considered reckless driving. You have the make the decision tell the truth or lie that is more than if it is legal or not. It is about the character of the person. All the best to you
     
  4. Massivenightmare

    Massivenightmare Bobtail Member

    I was going to get on with Jim Palmer/Wilson Logistics and they asked me the exact numbers is why I got curious about it. I was honest and they told me I would no be eligible until April this year when the ticket turns 3 years old. I figured it would more or less boil down to an ethics/honestly rhing
     
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    You talked yourself right out of a good job.
    Other drivers on this forum did the same about smoking weed.
    They were tricked into admitting they tried it one time years ago, so they were sent home.
    The person asking those questions couldn't care less about you having a job; he has a good job, so it's not his problem.
    Never let someone that has a job, talk you into staying unemployed.
     
  6. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

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    If the cop wrote it up that way how would anyone ever know he was doing 20 over? And hopefully lesson learned. Always fight a ticket, no matter the cost. It is rarely over a few hundred to get a lawyer to get it dismissed.
     
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  7. tlalokay

    tlalokay Medium Load Member

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    Sooooo what he^ said.

    "Honesty" is a two-way and a winding street when it comes to pre-employment screening.

    Does the company tell you everything that you would want to know about it before accepting the position? Nope. How about if you asked the right questions? Nope.

    Best answer in that case is- "I don't remember exactly how fast I was going. Obviously, I wasn't watching my speed or I wouldn't have gotten a ticket in the first place!"

    A little humor and a non-answer that won't hurt your chances of getting hired- LIKE admitting reckless driving when there's no other way they could've found out!
     
  8. Massivenightmare

    Massivenightmare Bobtail Member

    Well hindsight being 20/20 i know now i would have been better off to fight it, but at the time i figured i couldn't afford to lose a day of work to got to court an hour away when i figured i would get railroaded anyways. Live and learn tho, i have started to watch my speed and use cruise control a little more often, and will defiantly lawyer up if/when i get another ticket in the future
     
  9. tlalokay

    tlalokay Medium Load Member

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    Some sage advice I received from THIS FORUM and put into practice that has recently both saved me the cost of a lawyer and the damage of a ticket on my record-

    Just give a call to the courthouse of jurisdiction for the ticket and ask to speak to the prosecutor. He/she may cut you a deal right on the spot or schedule an over-the-phone pre-trial hearing in which you can ask for a deal that will only cost you the amount of the fine itself and nominal court costs.

    During these times, they are likely doing everything they can to avoid in-person proceedings

    THEN, you handle the payment over the phone and receive your plea agreement by email- add an image of your signature on the blank line and email it back. Done AND done...
     
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  10. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

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    I never even went to court. These lawyers go in the back room and get this processed. The fine for dismissal was a bit more than the ticket itself, but when I complained, the clerk laughed and said "you don't want it on your record do you?". It's all just a revenue generator.
     
  11. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    If there is no report of your actual speed on your record, then I would NOT volunteer that you were traveling 30 mph over the speed limit. A vast majority of companies will terminate you if you receive a citation for 15 over. 90 in a 70 is a red flag....
     
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