DUI Convictions & Security Clearance
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A prior DUI conviction can significantly hurt a candidate's qualifications for a national security clearance. To federal agencies, this type of conviction can communicate a lack of judgment or reliability. It is, however, possible to overcome this kind of determination and put forth a security clearance candidacy that clearly shows that a prior DUI is not indicative of an applicant's qualifications.
If you have a DUI in your past and are concerned about your security clearance application, then Claery & Hammond, LLP is ready to hear from you. Our national security clearance attorneys have been navigating this practice area for nearly three decades. We understand the challenges applicants face during this process and know what it takes to compellingly put forth their qualifications for the appropriate clearance.
It can be possible to overcome a prior DUI conviction.
Contact our team today to start exploring your options.
Asserting Your Qualifications in Light of a DUI
There's nothing an applicant can legally do to hide a prior DUI conviction, but there are things that your application can include that can offset it. Often, federal agencies will look for evidence that the applicant understood the serious nature of the DUI and then acted appropriately to ensure that it would never happen again.
Candidates can minimize the effect of DUI conviction by demonstrating that:
- They have completed a treatment program or rehabilitation
- The incident was isolated
- The drinking was/is not habitual
- Their behavior has been adjusted to avoid alcohol abuse
- Their work has never been affected by drinking
- They have never been diagnosed with alcohol dependency
If you have a prior DUI conviction and are either preparing to apply for a national security clearance or have just received a rejection, it is highly advised that you seek legal counsel. At Claery & Hammond, LLP we know what it takes to assert an applicant's candidacy and ensure that any past conviction is evaluated in the appropriate light.
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