Will a Reckless Driving Conviction Affect My Security Clearance?

Many of my clients are in the military or work for the government directly or in a contractual capacity and a have security clearance.  Obviously, these clients are concerned about what affect a reckless driving conviction would have on their security clearance. Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question.  Reckless driving is a class 1 misdemeanor that can affect your security clearance; however, how a reckless driving conviction will affect your clearance depends on a number of factors including your position, level of security clearance, as well as your prior record.  A reckless driving conviction is likely to raise red flags for an individual with a security clearance.  Of course the higher the security clearance the greater the likelihood that such a conviction will affect your clearance.  My understanding is that a single traffic misdemeanor conviction will not necessarily negate a security clearance, but it certainly may raise questions about your judgment.  

In many instances, my clients security clearance is the reason they are able to hold an elevated position in their field.  If you have a security clearance, you want to ensure you are doing everything you can to protect it. I would highly recommend talking with your clearance officer and contacting an attorney, immediately. I handle reckless driving cases on a daily basis and I have a tremendous record of keeping my clients security clearances from being affected. Please give me a call at (804)-451-6033 or email for a free consultation.