Trying to get into the industry need help

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Danielsnell, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. Danielsnell

    Danielsnell Bobtail Member

    Feb 5, 2015
    I have a few felonies on my record and a pretty bad driving record. I have a B class license but I want to go to school and get an A. Is there companies that would hire me?
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  3. Dye Guardian

    Dye Guardian Road Train Member

    Jan 10, 2015
    How recent are the felonies and driving infractions?
  4. Danielsnell

    Danielsnell Bobtail Member

    Feb 5, 2015
    Well I have one grand theft 5 years ago and a check fraud 3 years ago. I went to a rehab called Delancey Street. I was there for two years and I got my B license there. My three year dmv print out has no points or accidents but I've had a few driving on suspendeds from 2008 and 2009 that are still on there. Does anyone know of a school in northern CA that might work with me?
  5. crzyjarmans

    crzyjarmans Road Train Member

    Jun 9, 2010
    Felons must be older than 10 years, trucking company require a 10 year driving print out
  6. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    I'll give you the bottom of the list - try Carolina Cargo, and Western Express, but - as said - 10 year history is DOT required, you've got an uphill battle.
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  7. imup4it

    imup4it Light Load Member

    Oct 13, 2014
    Get a lawyer and get them expunged if you can.
  8. GenericUserName

    GenericUserName Road Train Member

    May 17, 2014
    Santa Monica, CA
    If YOU owned a business, would you hire thieves? Kind of defeats the purpose of starting a for profit trucking company doesnt it?
  9. RetiredUSN

    RetiredUSN Medium Load Member

    Jan 9, 2015
    Go by the offices of some local companies and talk with the driver managers. Theft is a big "red flag" with insurance companies, along with your other driving violations. Being eligible for a TWIC card is another factor.........I have not read the TWIC requirements, so I can't help you there. You might be able to drive some local dump trucks or delivery vans......I dunno. Good luck & fly straight. The longer you go without and brushes with the law, the better off you will be.
  10. DapperDan76

    DapperDan76 Bobtail Member

    Feb 4, 2015
    Newark, NJ
    You might try a charity that considers itself a "second chance" employer, like a food bank or a recycling outfit that isn't hauling high-value cargo. I work for a charity, and some of the other drivers have records (I don't, so I can't speak from personal experience). We don't have problems with theft or safety, these guys are glad to have an honest job. Everyone knows it's a second, but not third chance workplace. Anyway, might mean driving around in a box truck or working on the dock for awhile. If they have trailers, and you have a class A, the day might come when they need a guy and you're standing there. As mentioned above though, the final call could be up to their insurance company. TWIC and Hazmat jobs might be out of reach, unless you can get some things expunged.. good luck though
  11. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    The insurance companies can be a bigger hurdle than the trucking companies when it comes to a felony record.
    The last time we were looking for a driver the applicant we liked the best had a seven year old conviction for grand theft. Nothing before, nothing since. Did his jail time and cleaned up. We talked to him and he impressed us with how he'd turned his life around.
    Our insurance company told us ABSOLUTELY NO! I think we lost the chance at a good driver.
    You'll also have to get your driving record cleaned up before the really good companies will talk to you.
    Try the mom and pop outfits, keep yourself clean, keep your driving record clean, and you should be okay in a few years.
    I wish I had better news for you. Hang in there, keep trying.
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