Georgia Criminal Defense for Military Personnel
When you are in the military you have a reputation to uphold. When you are away, either in training or in war, then it is a completely different circumstance to when you are at home, relaxing with friends. When you do arrive home, you may want to celebrate with a few drinks and may even think you are okay to drive home. Police officers do not care if you are in the military – if you are caught with a blood level of .08 or higher (.02 or higher if under the age of 21), then you will be looking at a DUI arrest
There are a number of consequences to a DUI conviction. First of all, you will lose your license for one year. This can make it hard for you to continue to serve your position in some instances. However, there is a way to fight back against these charges and to clear your name. Contacting an experienced DUI attorney as soon as you have been arrested if your best defense against this criminal accusation.
Military DUI Penalties
If you are faced with a DUI while serving in the military, whether on duty or back at home, you could be looking at serious consequences to your employment. When you are serving your country this is not only your pride but it is also your livelihood. You could be at risk at:
- Being denied or revoked security clearance at military bases or other businesses
- Being denied the ability to travel to some countries
- Being denied privileges on the base
- Being left behind or put on restricted duties
- Being unable to return to combat duty
- Being discharged from military services entirely, either by general discharge or dishonorable discharge
Unfortunately, what happens in the past doesn’t always stay in the past. If your military career is over due to a DUI, then you will need to return home and start again. However, this can also be problematic if you have a DUI conviction as many employment companies, educational facilities and even rental landlords will check your criminal record as part of their screening process.
Attorney Tom Barton has more than twenty years of experience defending cases like yours within the entire state of Georgia including Clayton County, Fayette County, Coweta County, DeKalb County, Henry County, Newton County, Rockdale County, Spalding County, Butts County, Henry County, Fulton County, Walton County and surrounding areas.