The federal government is careful about who it gives access to classified
information and facilities. Before the government gives a “security
clearance,” to an individual, that person must pass a thorough background
check which examines virtually every detail of the person’s life,
including their relatives, credit situation, financial history, foreign-ties,
criminal history, and even their roommates.
Most federal agencies require that applicants undergo a security check
before they can be hired. However, state or local officials whose duties
require that they have access to classified information may also need
to apply for a security clearance.
Background Checks to Protect National security
The background check is to ensure that the candidate is trustworthy enough
to be granted access to classified information, and doesn’t pose
a threat to national security.
An applicant must meet certain criteria in regards to their honesty, moral
character, integrity, judgement, and association with questionable characters
and foreign nationals.
Criminal behavior, drug use, defaulted student loans, neglected financial
obligations, the failure to pay taxes, and even antidepressant use are
all key issues of concern during a background check.
Could a DUI raise a concern?
Could habitual drunkenness or a
DUI raise a concern? In a word, yes. If an applicant has a drinking problem,
it could cause concerns about “questionable judgement.” The
reason is because drinking can increase the risk of leaking classified
Alcohol-related concerns that could lead to disqualification:
- Drinking on the job.
- A conviction of driving under the influence (DUI).
- Reporting for duty while impaired or intoxicated.
- Diagnosis of alcohol dependence or abuse.
- An evaluation of alcohol dependence by a licensed clinical social worker.
- Drinking alcohol after completing a rehabilitation program.
There are several factors that can help mitigate security concerns; for
example, proof that the DUI was an isolated incident, proof that it was
an old DUI, the successful completion of a rehabilitation program, and
positive changes that indicate sobriety to name a few.
Call the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.
If you are concerned about how a DUI arrest might affect your application
for a security clearance,
Orange County DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. at once!