Will my Reckless Driving Ticket affect my Security Clearance?

Will my Reckless Driving Ticket affect my Security Clearance?

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Whether your Reckless Driving ticket will cause you to lose or otherwise negatively affect your security clearance is a question we receive often here at Weiland Upton, Attorneys at Law.  Whether you have a Top Secret clearance, TS/SCI clearance, Secret clearance, or any other clearance level, you should realize that a Reckless Driving ticket can have a significant impact on your employment and your ability to maintain the required clearance.

A Reckless Driving ticket can have a significant impact on your employment and your ability to maintain the required clearance.

So will your Reckless Driving ticket affect your clearance? It depends.  One isolated conviction for a relatively minor instance of Reckless Driving (where jail is not part of the punishment) could but probably will not affect your security clearance, although a pattern of traffic-related convictions, especially misdemeanor offenses, could cause your clearance to be flagged or questioned.  Also, you are generally required to self-report misdemeanor convictions which includes Reckless Driving – even if you only received a fine.

Just one Reckless Driving conviction where jail is part of the punishment is a different story, however.  When you go to jail you are “processed” whereby your photo (mugshot) and fingerprints are taken.  This information is entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and will show up on government criminal background checks which are accessible by government agencies and used for security clearances.

A Reckless Driving ticket that results in Jail time, will effect your Security Clearance because it will show up on any Background Check

If you have a security clearance of any level and you received a Reckless Driving ticket, it is important that you contact an attorney that understands Virginia’s Reckless Driving laws and can guide you accordingly.  John Weiland and Samantha Upton of Weiland Upton, Attorneys at Law focus their practice on defending clients charged with serious traffic offenses such as Reckless Driving and are ready to help you win your case. Call us at 804-355-8037

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