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Alcohol & Drugs in Security Clearance

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Security clearance is the privilege of having access to sensitive information and matters affecting national security.  Evidence of alcohol and/or drug abuse in your history or a drug test with a positive result could cause you to have difficulties with your security clearance application process. With effective legal representation, however, you could possibly succeed in obtaining or maintaining your  security clearance. The key to this having a professional, specialized attorney in your corner. The nationwide security clearance specialists at The Lawscape Law Firm can navigate you through this process and assist you in getting through all the requirements and roadblocks.

Use of Drugs

Some potentially disqualifying actions related to drug use include:

  • Use of or contact with any drugs or other controlled substances listed in the Controlled Substance Act of 1970
  • History of drug abuse
  • Drug test with positive result
  • Drug offense convictions on your record such as sale, possession, distribution, cultivation or manufacture
  • Expression of intent to continue drug use
  • Failure to complete a substance abuse treatment program

Authorities may deny your security clearance due to the fact that drug use could be evidence of untrustworthiness. Alcoholism and other substance abuse problems can cause lapses in judgment and lack of self-control, which is enough to disqualify an applicant from security clearance. 

Use of Alcohol & Security Clearance

Although alcohol is legal, proof of alcoholism can be disqualifying nonetheless; for example:

  • Convictions for Driving Under the influence (DUI)
  • Alcohol-related incidents on the job
  • History/reputation of habitual drinking or binge drinking
  • Arrests or incidents such as child abuse, spouse abuse, or disturbing the peace
  • Diagnosis from a qualified medical professional of alcohol abuse or dependency

Although DUI crime on your record could disqualify you, there are other factors that could reduce your likelihood of a security clearance denial related to your DUI include:

  1. Your ability to demonstrate that the behavior that resulted in the DUI is not an accurate representation of your present patterns of behavior
  2. How long ago the  incident occurred
  3. What steps you have since taken to move beyond any substance abuse issues

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Going through a treatment program and completing it, submitting to rehabilitation, or otherwise proving intent and effort to overcome any alcohol-related problems may make a big difference in your case. You have the right to request an appeal in the event that you were denied security clearance for any reason. It is not uncommon for applications to get denied, especially on the first attempt.

Denials that are related to alcohol and drug use can be difficult. We utilize thorough preparation, evidence submission, testimonies, and more. The security clearance specialists on our team have an incredible track record in both first applications and appeals. We are well versed on how to do the work to make certain that your application is as strong as possible and your case for clearance is well presented. We urge you to talk to our attorney who specializes in security clearance about your options as soon as you can. The Lawscape Law Firm is grateful to be able to represent clients all across America.


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