Good afternoon everyone & Happy Holidays!
If anyone could give me their thoughts, it would be much appreciated!
I started working in a Moderate Risk Public Trust position in 2010.
Summer of 2015 I was at a bbq, got drunk, had an emotional conversation about some health issues, made a fool of myself and proceeded to leave. A friend’s friend offered weed and said it may help. I took it, put in my car and left. On way home, realized I was too drunk, pulled over, and sometime later a police officer came by to make sure things were ok. I was arrested for a DUI and a possession of marijuana. The very next day after leaving jail I called my boss and told her everything that happened and about both charges. She said thanked me for telling her the truth.
Soon after, I learn through my attorney that the marijuana charge was going to be dismissed but I will get a DUI on my record. I also relayed this to my boss.
About ~6months later my manager’s manager (chief) emails me a pdf from the agency, tells me to read it and give him a call. The letter was from our agency summarizing the information that they received about the arrest & charges. It stated it was aware of the arrest, and that the use of marijuana was not allowed. Any further incidents could possibly remove me from the position. From my understanding, the letter wasnt initiated by my boss or anything but came from top down.
Anyway, the summary was accurate of course and my manager asked me to tell him what happened. I told him what I told my immediate manager (she already was in another position, but still in the same org/agency). The letter from the agency stated that my manager would keep the letter for 3yrs and then dispose after that time. I also told him that my marijuana charge was dismissed and that the DUI was on my record.
March of 2018 my regular re-investigation started (all my co-workers, etc had to do one) and I told my investigator everything. That I had gotten the DUI, the marijuana charge was dismissed, both managers knew about the arrests, I had gotten the letter from our agency, and that 3yrs were past -I still had a copy of the letter and offered it to the investigator also. I asked her will the investigation trigger a possible removal from service? She said she didnt think it would since it had been 3.5yrs at that point and if the agency was going to do anything that they would have.
For what its worth, I’ve also received a promotion since the incident (and the letter from the agency).
So with all that said…here I am today with the case finally with the adjudication stage. I think it took a while because of course researching the arrest, but also since I’m an immigrant, probably had to verify my status, etc (though they would have done that when I was first hired).
What do you guys think will happen with the final determination? Should I be ok since the agency has known about it since 2015 (now over 4yrs)? Think they’ll ask me to do anything else, or do anything further like drug/alcohol abuse classes, tests, or worse like suspense or fire me? I was 100% honest about my stupid actions. No other criminal, credit, legal issues. Just the arrest, 1 misdemeanor DUI, and 1 dismissed marijuana charge.
Either way, good or bad, I’ll let you guys know how it gets resolved.
Many thanks for reading my long story and any guidance that can be offered…or condolences haha.