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The Legal Implications Of A DUI For Military Members

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If you're currently active in any of the branches of the Unites States military, it's important to understand the serious implications that being charged with a DUI can have on your personal criminal record as well as your military career. Several things can happen to you pertaining to both the local courts and the military office under which you serve that can have a major impact on your life. If you've been charged with a DUI either on or off a military installation, here's what you need to know.

The Civilian Implications

Just like a regular civilian, you'll be faced with a myriad of penalties ranging from a suspended or revoked driver's license to hefty fines and even possible jail time. Each state has its own mandated sentences, and the severity of your sentence may also depend on whether or not this is your first DUI. You will most likely be required to attend alcohol treatment classes or therapy and serve several hours of community service in addition to your other punishment. 

For repeat DUI offenders, your local jurisdiction may even confiscate your vehicle. A device called an ignition interlock may be required to be installed on your vehicle. This device forces you to blow into it before your car's ignition will turn over so you can begin driving. If you've been ordered to have this installed, you'll also be responsible for monthly fees and the installation cost. If your blood alcohol content is over a set limit after you blow into the device, the car will not turn on and you won't be able to drive.

The Military Implications

Since you're a current military member, you should also be prepared to face penalties relating to this aspect as well. A commanding officer will review your case and determine what kind of military disciplinary action you should receive.  If you're found guilty at your hearing, you may face extra duty time, an officially filed written reprimand, reductions in pay grade, and possible limitations on how often or far you'll be allowed to leave the military installation. If you happen to be charged with a DUI while on installation, you could be faced with dismissal from the military.

The US military has their own alcohol substance abuse treatment programs, and your officer will most likely request that you attend if you're convicted of DUI. You could also be prohibited from going on leave and have your pass revoked. Depending on your current rank, your commanding officer may reduce that as well. Some convictions for military members also include a reenlistment ban, which means after you've completed your current time in the military, you will be unable to reenlist in the future. Driving while under the influence is a very serious offense and should not be taken lightly whether you're a civilian or in the military. Consult with an attorney who can help you navigate the local courts as well as the military trial so your rights are protected. Contact a professional like H Edward Andrews III for more information.


15 April 2016