Do You Know These 3 Things about DUIs and Military Recruitment?
The United States military offers jobs to thousands of Americans. Both employer and trainer, the military helps many Americans get on their feet while serving their country both here and abroad. However, some recruits may find enlistment particularly difficult if they have been convicted of an alcohol-related driving offense. Many people are unaware of the following three ways that a DUI or similar charge can affect a person’s military opportunities.
#1: Did you know that security clearances can depend on your personal history / criminal record?
Many jobs in the United States military involve confidential information about things like troop locations or sensitive technical lay-outs. To be given this information, recruits need to obtain a security clearance. However, these clearances are only provided to trusted service members, and a violation such as a DUI conviction may limit a candidate’s chances of receiving a security clearance.
#2: Did you know that you may not be recruited into particular branches of the military because of a DUI?
Certain military branches take violations like DUI extremely seriously. For branches like the Air Force and the Marines, recruitment is often highly competitive and there are stringent requirements for interested candidates. A DUI conviction can easily keep a potential recruit from being allowed into these branches. Even for branches with a wider recruiting base, including the Army and Navy, a DUI can end a candidate’s enlistment opportunities.
#3: Did you know that you can improve your chances of recruitment after a DUI conviction?
After a DUI conviction, not all hope is lost. If a candidate can show that they have learned from their previous mistakes and even work with the court to improve their standing with the law, they may increase their chances of being recruited. While expungement is not available in Arizona, positive comments from a judge can have a serious impact on possible recruitment.
If you have been charged with intoxicated driving, you may face difficulties pursuing a career in the United States military if you are convicted on these charges. To learn more about your legal options, contact an Arizona DUI lawyer of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., by calling 602-510-9999 today.