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How does a DUI affect your military career?

For the average person, a drunk driving charge is already serious. A conviction carries the possibility of fines, increased insurance costs, the mandatory use of an ignition interlock device, and more.

However, if you’re in the military, a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) carries even greater risks.

Service members facing military and civilian penalties

On the civilian side, a DUI conviction of driving under the influence comes with a considerable financial impact. These include the cost of legal representation, as well as having to pay fines, court costs, program fees, and other expenses.

Colorado has some of the strictest DUI laws in the nation, so even a first-time offense can be punished with probation or jail, a nine-month license suspension, enrollment in alcohol education classes, and up to $1,000 in fines.

If you’re in the military, however, that’s just the start of your problems. At a minimum, a conviction has the potential to negatively affect your ability to obtain security clearances. That will, in turn, limit your career options inside the service.

You may also face other punishments, including a court-martial. A DUI is covered under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, so other possible penalties include the loss of privileges or even a reduction in rank or pay.

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