17 years ago I was busted for possession of marijuana and petty theft can I find work as a truck driver?

by Dan
(Imperial Beach, CA)

When I was young and dumb I stole some lip balm from Fred Meyers and had marijuana on me. It was the dumbest thing I ever did.

So, now I have a couple misdemeanors on my record
and am a completely different. I am a good person today. Is it possible to become a truck driver with misdemeanors on my record that are more than 15 years old?

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Dec 08, 2010
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TRUCKING JOB
by: Anonymous

I've seen a truck driver with 2 felony charges on his record get a job. I have also seen a potential driver with a 35 yr old misdameanor charge, not get a job. It all depends on the company. Don't give up! It's all about finding that one company that will give you a chance. Happy hunting!!

Dec 07, 2010
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Thanks
by: Dan

I appreciate you guys answering my question! This is a GREAT site for wannabe truckers like myself! Keep up the good work, and be safe out there.

Dec 07, 2010
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learning lessons in life make a better man
by: Hervy

Hey Dan,

We all did dumb stuff in those young years, but lip balm! Just joking man. Those are some minor charges from a long time ago with both the theft and weed.

Somebody would have to be a real clown to hold that against you, but of course there will be a clown or two.

For the most part if everything else from then until now has been good (driving, criminal history)
I don't see you having a problem eventually getting hired.


Dec 07, 2010
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YOUR PAST
by: DZRTJUL

The first thing that you should do in the state of California is work on getting your record expunged.Possession is one thing but petty theft is a toughed nut to crack. No company wants to hire a thief even though it has been so long ago. Once you clean up your record answer no to all questions about past crimes. My husband had an old record 20+ ago, like you young and dumb, cleaned up his record and was hired by KLLM just last week. So yes you can get hired, first get your record cleaned up.

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