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Will you lose a security clearance if charged with DUI?

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2023 | Criminal Defense

There are a number of potential consequences for being charged with DUI. For instance, you may lose your Mississippi driver’s license, pay a fine or have your car impounded. However, in addition, you might also lose any security clearances that you had prior to the charge or conviction.

Your chances of losing a security clearance

Your chances of losing a security clearance depend largely on the facts of your case. For example, if you had a blood alcohol level of .09% and were cooperative with the police, you may be shown leniency. However, if you were significantly over the limit, hurt somebody or tried to flee from the authorities, you may lose your clearance even if you had an otherwise spotless criminal record prior to the incident. You may also help your cause by showing remorse or offering a plan to minimize your risk of reoffending.

The case could be dismissed

It’s possible that you’ll keep your security clearance if the case is dismissed or the charge is reduced in a plea deal. A case may be dismissed if you cast enough doubt on the evidence used to charge you with this crime. For example, your criminal defense strategy may revolve around proving that there was no reason for the traffic stop that led to being taken into custody.

A DUI can have a serious impact on your personal or professional life regardless of what you do for a living. If you violate the state’s implied consent laws, you may still be at risk of losing your license or facing other penalties even if you’re cleared of the DUI charge. Implied consent laws state that you must take a chemical test when asked to do so by an officer.