So, in the preliminary stages of gaining employment as a contractor. I will have to complete a sf-86 form, and had just started to look through the questions but now have some concerns.
When I was 17, i had a lapse of judgement that resulted in an arrest for possession of a firearm by a minor and unlawful possession of a firearm. To clarify, my friends and I found an old gun in my garage and took it out to an undeveloped area of town to shoot at bottles and such. Unfortunately, a police officer was in the area and heard the shots. I was arrested and released to my parents. At family court, I was adjudicated a juvenile delinquent and sentenced to 9 months probation.
I have since had the records expunged, and have not had any other run-ins in more than 30 years.
So, 2 questions for the good members of this forum:
- I am assuming that this would not affect a final clearance (based on initial research into the process), but does it make a interim clearance unattainable?
- I plan on hiring an attorney regardless to help me complete the application and make sure I use the right wording. Are there any recommendations to lawyers that have experience in these applications?
Thank-you in advance for any suggestions!