Question on my first ticket ever for anything.

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  1. 1styeartrucker

    1styeartrucker Bobtail Member

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    I've never had a ticket for anything before, but recently got stopped for a cell phone violation in Lodi CA. Told the policeman I was sorry, this was my first time ever being pulled over for anything, was hoping he might have mercy on me.

    I know most of you will say you shouldn't have admitted anything. It was my first time I was stressed. I admitted I made a mistake because that's who I am.

    Now the question, police said there are no points being assigned, all I have to do is pay a fine.

    I will be lawyering up to see if they can work a miracle, but with the 0 points thing do I have to tell anyone about it? With all the older posts on this topic everyone gets terminated.

    Knowing that I applied for another company to work for right after the stop, cop said it would take a few weeks to go through the court process so I thought it was a good thing to do. Following a drug test tomorrow I start at the new company next week.

    What are your guy's thoughts? Long time reader first time poster here.
     
  2. Eddiec

    Eddiec Medium Load Member

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    You received a ticket, you have not been convicted of the infraction until you pay the fine (an admission of guilt or the belief the issuing jurisdiction has enough evidence to convict) or had your day in court. Most applications ask the question, " have you been CONVICTED of a moving violation..."
     
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  3. Ffx95

    Ffx95 Medium Load Member

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    Lawyer up that cell phone ticket ain’t no joke. Let lawyer know you’re willing to pay the fine but don’t want the record see if he can squeeze a deal with the prosecutor.
     
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  4. S M D

    S M D Road Train Member

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    Cell phone isn’t a moving violationz if it’s 200-300$ pay it and take it as a lesson learned.

    Depending on where you work they might have a bigger issue with that than the government.
     
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  5. 1styeartrucker

    1styeartrucker Bobtail Member

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    I appreciate all the advice thank you everyone.
     
  6. CraigInReston

    CraigInReston Light Load Member

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    Most companies I've worked for require a driving abstract waiver to be signed upon hiring. This means you're giving permission to your employer to pull your abstract as needed. This stream-lines administration roles while dealing with insurance renewals. Will the conviction show up on your abstract (say... 1 year from now) and would you still have a job? You need to know the answer to these questions, to determine if fighting in court is worth the time/expense/frustration.
    Investing in a hands-free headset should be next on your list.
     
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    The new company won't hire you if you tell them about it.
     
  8. 1styeartrucker

    1styeartrucker Bobtail Member

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    Yeah I figured that, I hadn't planned on it but was trying to find new work in case my current employer caught wind. Trying to get hired before it shows up.
     
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  9. Just passing by

    Just passing by Medium Load Member

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    The rule specifically prohibits a CMV driver from (1) holding a cell phone to conduct a voice communication, (2) dialing a cell phone by pressing more than a single button, or (3) reaching for a cell phone in an unacceptable and unsafe manner. Therefore, all hand-held cell phone communication is completely prohibited.Jan 3, 2012

    Ford Harrison › legal-alert-new-rule...

    Legal Alert: New Rule Restricting Cell Phone Use by CMV Drivers | ...


    Note the date. You can't claim ignorance of the facts any longer.
     
  10. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    He knows it's illegal but now he's trying to protect his job.
    We've all done something illegal in trucking and most of us didn't get caught.
    Paper log books come to mind.
     
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