Aren't we in the country where every one is supposed to be "innocent until proven guilty"? What happened to that??
For as long you have not (yet?) been found guilty and convicted, you are not a "felon", but only have pending charges against you. Your public defender couldn't give you an answer, simply because it'll be up to the base security personnel and their call of whether to let you in to base or not... citing "security" and "safety" concerns, but maybe not. Try and you'll see.
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I have no idea either ... this is a US Immigration Law forum, not a military law forum. I've changed your category.
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Someone will sponsor you onto the base whether that is your employer or a DoD employee. If you have not been convicted yet, you are not a felon. I have never seen them do a background check at the gate, but more likely if and when you are convicted, your sponsor would likely be responsible for terminating your access.
If you are asked whether you have any pending felonies, you need to be honest with Security Forces because you do not want to be accused of attempting to gain access to a military installation under false pretenses.
The gate guards not know of your pending charges. Unlikely the security office will have been notified unless by your employer.
You can certainly anticipate your employer, if a contractor service provider, will take steps to pull you off the job once they find out.
Of course if convicted, your employer should immediately pull you and will likey terminate.
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