What canI do if I want to join the army but there is a bench warrant stemming from a DUI I received 5 years ago?

UPDATED: Aug 1, 2011

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What canI do if I want to join the army but there is a bench warrant stemming from a DUI I received 5 years ago?

This is my only offense in my life. Never went to my classes, that is why there is a bench warrant. I just want to finally be responsible and take care of this so I can get my licence back and join the Army. The Army also said when I do get this taken care of, the paperwork cannot mention I want to join the Army. What do they mean by this?

Asked on August 1, 2011 California


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If you want to join the United States Army you need to clear the bench warrant as a condtion for enlistment. To do so, you should hire a criminal defense attorney to have the warrant recalled after you do what you were supposed to do as a condition of your presumed drunk drive conviction by taking the required classes.

If you have a certificate showing that you took and completed the required classes as part of your sentence for the prior conviction, the criminal defense attorney will have a better chance of success in getting the bench warrant cleared.

If the bench warrant gets cleared, potentially the criminal defense attorney can be hired to have your prior criminal conviction expunged, meaning removed. If that happens, then you have a much better chance of joining our armed forces.

What the army representative probably meant when you paperwork to have the bench warrant recalled cannot mention the army is that he or she does not want the reason for the bench warrant recall to be your desire to join our armed forces.

Good luck.

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