DUI in the Military
The military has many rewards such as the GI Bill, tuition benefits, advanced technical and specialty training, tax-free housing, world travel, a military pension, healthcare, and of course the pride and honor of serving our country to name a few.
When you serve in the military, you learn self-discipline, respect, and you demonstrate your honor and devotion to duty. The experience, training and leadership skills you gain in the military are second to none, and exactly what employers are looking for.
As the benefits of serving in the military are enormous, can they be taken away if a momentary lapse in judgment causes you to be convicted of driving under the influence (DUI)? Yes, a discharge is possible, however, it’s an unlikely punishment.
Every branch in the military has their own way of handling DUIs, and if you’re an officer or an NCO, you have a greater chance of getting the boot. Essentially, when the nation’s in the middle of a war, you’re less likely to be kicked out, but during peacetime, your job and your military career are more at risk.
Here’s what could happen:
- Loss of pay grade
- You could be demoted
- You could be barred from future promotions
- You could be allowed to complete your term, but not be allowed to complete another one
- If you have many years of service under your belt, you may be pressured to retire in lieu of an adverse administration action.
As you’re probably aware, the military frowns upon any type of criminal behavior, and DUIs are no exception. Thus, anything that can be done to get your DUI reduced or dismissed will improve the outcome, and help shield a hard-earned reputation and career.
Are you stationed in Florida?
Are you stationed at Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, MacDill AFB, NAS Key West, NAS Pensacola, NAS Whiting Field, NS Mayport, Patrick AFB, or Tyndall AFB, and facing DUI charges in Miami-Dade County? If so, I urge you to contact my firm, Jonathan Blecher, P.A. immediately for a hard-hitting defense!