Q & A Session – Proposed Removal for Drugs/DUI


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


My security clearance has been revoked for possession of marijuana and a DUI. My position requires a clearance. Are there any options to combat my removal?


Illegal drug use while possessing a security clearance is a very serious matter likely to lead to a loss of clearance. It is not automatic, but it will take some very strong mitigating circumstances to keep the clearance. See the Ask the Lawyer column on November 15, 2010.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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