If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, you will face serious penalties and consequences. However, if you are a federal employee, being arrested for DUI may actually cost you your job.
Federal employees, government contractors, and military personnel often need access to classified information in order to do their jobs. A DUI could affect your ability to obtain or keep your security clearance, making it difficult to maintain your employment. After all, federal employees and government officials are held to a higher standard of conduct. A DUI conviction raises questions about your trustworthiness, your judgement, and your ability to control your own impulses.
Applying or Keeping Security Clearance with a DUI
Having a DUI or a past criminal conviction on your record may cause issues when trying to obtain the security clearance you need.
To obtain security clearance, you must go through a three-step process:
- Submit an application
- Undergo a background check
- Go through the Adjudicated Process
This entire process can take up to a year. Having a DUI conviction on your record could raise red flags in the Adjudication Process.
The Department of State lists thirteen adjudicative guidelines for people who require access to classified information. These guidelines are listed in Chapter 32, Section 147 of the Code of Federal Regulations. A DUI is relevant in five of those guidelines:
- Guideline E – Personal Conduct
- Guideline G – Alcohol Consumption
- Guideline H – Drug Involvement
- Guideline I – Emotional, Mental, and Personality Disorders
- Guideline J – Criminal Conduct
If you already have security clearance, you may run into significant trouble when trying to renew your security clearance. Top secret security clearances are typically renewed every five years and security clearances are renewed every ten years. Confidential clearances are renewed every fifteen years. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, having a DUI on your record could prevent your clearance from being renewed.
While a DUI conviction does not automatically mean your security clearance will be revoked or denied, it could. Losing security clearance could cause a federal employee to lose their job or it could cause a government contractor to lose thousands or millions of dollars after being disqualified from obtaining government contracts.
Fighting DUI Convictions
Fortunately, there are ways to fight DUI convictions. The first step you should take after a DUI arrest is to speak to an experienced Jacksonville DUI defense lawyer. Let your lawyer know that your security clearance is at stake so they can begin fighting aggressively for you.
There are several ways your lawyer could have the charges against you dismissed or reduced. Some of those include:
- You were not drinking
- The arresting officer didn’t follow proper legal procedures
- Your rights were violated
- Credibility of evidence can be challenged
- The Breathalyzer not calibrated properly
Are You a Federally Employee That’s Been Charged with a DUI in Jacksonville?
At Dallo Law P.C., our DUI defense attorneys are ready to fight for you. If you are a federal employee, government contractor, or military personnel and you’ve been arrested for a DUI, your career may be at stake. We can help you protect your future and your driving record after a DUI arrest. There are ways to fight these charges and keep your record clean. Call us today at 248-283-7000 or fill out our confidential contact form.