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Will I lose my security clearance after a DUI?

On Behalf of | Nov 26, 2023 | Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is taken very seriously in the state of Maryland. If you have been accused of this crime in this state, you should consider the possible consequences. In addition to the penalties you can receive, drunk driving can have a huge effect on your ability to obtain a security clearance.

Penalties for drunk driving in Maryland

If you are convicted of driving while under the influence in Maryland, you can expect to receive some stiff penalties. These can include:

  • Criminal record that comes up in background checks
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Enrollment in a substance abuse program
  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle
  • Possible loss of security clearance

You should also be aware of the fact that these penalties can increase for each additional DUI charge. For example, the fine for a first time DUI arrest can be $1,000. However, for a third time arrest, the fine can be as large as $5,000.

The impact on your security clearance

While there are many penalties from a drunk driving conviction, the stakes can be much higher for those who currently hold security clearances or are looking to obtain them. Your first DUI arrest may not result in the loss of your clearance. Multiple DUIs, on the other hand, may ensure you can no longer obtain the needed security clearances for your work.

Obtaining a security clearance after losing one can also be quite difficult. Attempting to hide a DUI from a potential employer can also result in serious consequences.

Since a drunk driving conviction carries such significant penalties, it’s best to never get into a driver’s seat after having too many drinks. If you do have too much to drink, arrange to ride home with a friend or use ride sharing services.