Three felony convictions.Do I have a chance?

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  1. Buffalo Bill

    Buffalo Bill Bobtail Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    I would like very much to persue a career in trucking but I have a extensive criminal background with three felony convictions.The first felony is from 2006 for attempted robbery in the third degree even though I never robbed anyone.The other two felonies are from 2008 for possession of stolen property a credit card and for burglary on a garage nothing was taken though.I also have some misdemeanor convictions mostly for petty theft.I no my actions were unacceptable so I had to and did pay the price wich was my freedom.I no longer live that reckless lifestyle and have been clean and sober since finishing my sentence in 2011.I really want to start a career in trucking but am not sure on how to go about it.Any advice on my chances of becoming a truck driver and how to go about it would greatly be appreciated.Thank you.
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  3. imup4it

    imup4it Light Load Member

    Oct 13, 2014
    Most felonies need to be ten years old, but burgery and robbery, I'd say find something else to do.
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  4. truckerlife74

    truckerlife74 Medium Load Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Charlotte nc
    Try Carolina cargo.. Gl they give guys with felonies 2nd chances
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    I love posts like this one. The answer is YES you can have a career in trucking.
    Where do you live; city/state?
    You will have to complete a CDL school, private or community college. If you're unemployed, the state may pay for CDL school. Check on this at the unemployment office.
    You will probably be required to furnish the names of 2 or 3 companies that agree to hire you after graduation from CDL school and that's no problem either.
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  6. 8thnote

    8thnote Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    So let me get this straight. You were convicted of armed robbery, but no one was robbed AND you were convicted of burglary but nothing was stolen? Seems likely.

    Theft of any kind is a major red flag for any trucking company. You are left in sole charge and possession of the trucking company's customers valuable freight and tasked with delivering it to a destination many hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away with little-to-no oversight or supervision. Do you see why a trucking company would be leary of hiring anyone with multiple theft convictions?

    You should pursue other avenues of employment. No trucking company will touch you. They can not and will not risk their customer's business by employeeing a convicted thief.
  7. KW Cajun

    KW Cajun Road Train Member

    Apr 12, 2013
    Copperhead Road
    One thing is for certain... considering the seriousness & number of felonies, ANY company that would hire you would have equally flawed judgement skills as you had when you committed these crimes. Those ones that would hire you (if any) tend to have you violate laws even further, commonly as breaking DOT regs & safety related matters. I doubt you'd side with the law when confronted in those situations.

    The #1 trait of ANY good driver is good judgement. Any employer has valid reason to wonder if you'll ever have that.
    Tho I believe in giving most ppl second chances, IMO it takes far longer than just the past 3 years to prove yourself, due to crime's number/seriousness.
  8. driverdriver

    driverdriver Road Train Member

    May 30, 2011
    This is straight bs. I too have an extensive record of felonies and started driving a couple years after my last conviction .
    Granted this was 25years ago but,yes he has a shot and deserves a chance.
  9. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    california norte
    Big Problem- Cannot deliver loads in Canada
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  10. Jakaby

    Jakaby Medium Load Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    Grenada, Mississippi
    I think in some states 3 felonies means you spend the rest of your days locked up in the penitentiary. That whole "three strikes and your out" thing that rich white dudes say to make old folks vote for them. Sounds like you need a chance to prove that you have changed your ways. Hope it works out for you. Working an honest living beats the heck out of stealing what ain't yours any day. I'd like to find the Butwhole that stole four binders off my rack at the West Memphis TA last month. When I was sacked out. I'd take one of those binders and drop it in a pillow and swing for the fence.
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  11. driverdriver

    driverdriver Road Train Member

    May 30, 2011
    Its not a problem I've worked for plenty of carriers that just tag you as NOT being able to cross the border.
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