Due to a DWI plea I entered back in August 2009, I was convicted of DWI and sentenced to a fine, alcohol treatment, 7 weekends in jail & probation (ending Aug. 2012). I have an interest pursueing employment with Federal & local Governments. In addition, I'm waiting to hear back from a Government contractor after signing a Letter of Intent for hire until contractor seals their deal with the Government. I was never asked of my criminal background & my Letter of Intent isn't "contingent upon". This company hasn't been returning my emails nor phones calls after they expressed for me to reach out to them weekly to establish dialog, salary & plan of action. It's been 5 weeks & no responses. This same company was denied a contract with State Dept. due to inability to obtain clearances.
Depending on the level of clearance and the seriousness of the DUI charge, yes.
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As the above attorney stated, you can still obtain a security clearance with a DUI, especially if you don't have additional issues that cause concern during your investigation. I can tell you first hand that one of the biggest reasons people are denied clearances is that they falsify information on their initial application or during the interview process. It is extremely important to be completely honest with both your employer and during the investigation process about any past arrests as they definately will come up at some point whether you disclose them or not. The fact that you are still on probation will be an issue and you will need to show that you haven't had any additional issues since the incident, that you don't have a current problem with alcohol and some evidence of a successful rehabilitation since your arrest. I can almost guarantee that if you haven't even started the application process yet you will be off probation by the time the investigation ends so as long as you successfully complete your probation and don't have any other issues you should be in good shape.
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