When a person considers their future options, some young Americans may consider joining the armed forces to gain life experience, technical skills, or even just as a means to serve their country. However, before any of the risks or benefits can even be weighed, a potential recruit must first determine whether they are even permitted to join or not. For some, a DUI may make this process significantly more difficult. There are a few options, many requiring legal action, in order to put individuals in the position of even being considered for soldiering.
There is no single recruitment process for the military. While one branch may use a certain sort of criteria to determine what candidates are selected, another may use a significantly different process. As a result, would-be recruits should ask about their potential options and gather information from multiple sources if possible. Although working through a troubled record can prove extremely useful for many situations, a branch may not allow an individual to enter with a DUI regardless of their follow-up responsibility.
However, for others, addressing the court may be a valid option. In order to reduce the seriousness of a criminal record, it may be sufficient for an individual to prove to the court that their past charges will obstruct a productive future. Largely, this is dependent upon the attitude of the judge as well as the circumstances of the case and the amount of injury or damage done. While a record may not be removed, it may be reduced, increasing an applicant’s chances of being successfully recruited.
In addition to making changes to a permanent record, a potential recruit may work through the military’s waiver system to prove their strong moral character, despite a past mistake.
To learn more about how a lawyer can help you make yourself more acceptable for military duty, contact a DUI attorney.