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Can I Join the Military with a DUI Conviction?

A DUI conviction can ruin many career prospects for the convicted individual. In particular, these criminal charges can make a person’s enlistment in the United States military unlikely. This is especially the case if the charge occurred recently. Working in the military requires a substantial amount of responsibility. A candidate for military service is likely to be perceived by recruiters as irresponsible if he or she has been charged with or convicted of driving under the influence.

If you have been charged with an Arizona DUI and are concerned about how this may affect your plans to enlist, we may be able to assist you. Contact the Arizona DUI lawyers of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., at 602-510-9999 for more information regarding your rights as a defendant.

DUI and Military Enlistment

People join the military for many reasons. Many federal programs help soldiers achieve their academic goals either during or after their enlistment period. Additionally, a soldier’s life offers many people substantial professional experience for their future careers. However, a single DUI conviction can endanger these military aspirations. With a DUI, a person may face the following problems enlisting the in the military:

  • Unwillingness to allow the recruit to enlist
  • Unwillingness to permit security clearances
  • Allowing a recruit only on special circumstances

Especially for highly selective branches such as the Air Force and Marines, a single misdemeanor DUI can be considered sufficient to keep out a recruit from the service. In some cases, the military may be willing to allow a recruit only after fulfilling some special requirements which demonstrate that those questionable behaviors were isolated and not part of a larger pattern.

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A DUI conviction can significantly reduce a person’s opportunities. To discuss your rights and options with a knowledgeable legal advisor, contact the Arizona DUI attorneys of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., by calling 602-510-9999 today.