If you are convicted of a DUI, then your chances of getting any kind of job are reduced, at least for a certain length of time. This could be a few months or a few years depending on where you live. The military is one of those jobs where your chances of enlisting are slim. If the DUI charge happened recently, then it is less likely that you will be able to enlist. Some recruiters think that those who drink and drive are irresponsible, and you could fall into this category if you get a DUI.
There are several reasons why someone would join the military. Some join because they want to have more responsibility, and some join because they want to receive an education in a military setting instead of going to college. With only one DUI, these reasons could become mute. Aside from enlisting in the military, you probably won’t be able to pass security clearances with a DUI charge. However, if you only have one, possibly two, charges, then you might be able to enlist under certain circumstances. There could be random drug tests to see if you have alcohol in your system, and you might not be able to drive while on duty. Higher branches of the military such as the Marines and Army have stricter guidelines. One misdemeanor DUI or a citation could keep you from completing any type of paperwork to get into the military. Some branches have programs that you can take part in if you want to join, and after successful completion, you can enlist.
An attorney can help by explaining your rights and what you can and can’t do with a DUI conviction if you want to get into the military. The attorney can also help point you in the right direction to get your life on track and help with the court case after you get the ticket.