DUIs and Security Clearances

DUI Security Clearance

It is possible for you to have a DUI (driving under the influence) on your record and still get a security clearance. Much depends upon your individual situation such as:

  • How long ago your infraction was
  • If you have sought help to overcome alcoholism
  • If this behavior is representative of how you behave now

Whether you receive a security clearance also depends upon the skill of the security clearance lawyer who represents you through an adjudicative process. We at the Edmunds Law Firm are renowned across the nation as attorneys dedicated to helping individuals gain or keep their national security clearance. We practice throughout the country and will travel to you to help you with your case.

The fact that you have a DUI on your record is not in itself a reason to deny you security clearance. Much depends upon what you have done after that experience and how long ago it was.

The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations as of Oct. 27, 2011, says in § 147.9, Guideline G — Alcohol Consumption: the concern is that “excessive alcohol consumption often leads to the exercise of questionable judgment, unreliability, failure to control impulses and increases the risk of unauthorized disclosure of classified information.”

According to these guidelines, conditions that make it more difficult to gain a security clearance include:

  • Alcohol-related incidents away from work, including driving while under the influence, fighting, child or spousal abuse and other criminal behavior because of alcohol abuse
  • Alcohol-related incidents at work, including coming to work drunk and/or drinking on the job
  • Diagnosis by a licensed medical professional of alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence
  • Habitual or binge drinking causing your judgment to be impaired
  • Drinking after being diagnosed as an alcoholic by a licensed medical professional and completing an alcohol rehabilitation program

Conditions that might lessen these security concerns include:

  • The drinking was not part of a pattern
  • The incident(s) occurred years ago without any intervening problems
  • Positive behavior changes that support not using alcohol
  • After being diagnosed with alcohol abuse or dependence you have succeeded in finishing a treatment program whether as an inpatient or outpatient, been participating often in Alcoholics Anonymous or a similar program, haven’t had a drink for at least a year and received a positive prognosis by a licensed medical professional or social worker who works for a known alcohol treatment program

Contact a Security Clearance Attorney

Lawyers at the Edmunds Law Firm will review your behavior in light of these guidelines and other aspects of your conduct that will indicate your earnestness in responsibly overcoming the DUI or other alcoholic behavior. Be sure not to give up on getting your security clearance. Contact us to schedule a consultation with a qualified security clearance attorney today.