Arrested for first DUI earlier this year for operating a parked vehicle (did not drive). Reported to my FSO the next work day. FSO filed an incident report in JPAS. Fast forward a few months and received direction to resubmit SF-86. While filling out SF-86 realized there was another alcohol incident from two years prior. Reported in SF-86 immediately.
Old incident involved 1 night stay in hospital after a night out. Dealt with matter personally and significant changes to drinking habits were made (i.e., drink in moderation, and be careful and monitor intake). Normally drink once a month or every few months in social setting. Honestly, was not aware the old incident needed to be reported until seeing the SF-86 question.
Going back to DUI the case is moving along. Received deferred judgement so charge will be dismissed after completing education class and community service. Have been making strides in completing court requirements.
Will be going to an independent counselor for voluntary alcohol evaluation and following any requirements they deem necessary. Have drank responsibly since DUI arrest and have not had a drink in a few weeks and plan to remain sober as this investigation progresses.
I have had some poor judgement in these instances and I recognize that. I am trying to document counseling, responsible use/abstinence while the investigation is ongoing to show that I have made changes. Alcohol incidents are a serious thing, and I am trying to be proactive and as forthcoming as possible. Other than two alcohol incidents, no other issues.
Do you think I can keep my clearance? When should I hire legal council and how much do they cost? What is a general rule of thumb for time passed since an incident has occurred that can be used as a mitigating factor?