Can I Join the Military While on a First Offender Program?

It seems like almost every day I’m answering questions about joining the military while facing a misdemeanor charge. A lot of clients and potential clients have this common problem. The good news is that we have options.

No branch of the military wants to be known as an easy way out of a crime, so we can’t use joining the military as a defense to a charge; however, most prosecutors are reasonable and don’t want a youthful indiscretion to keep people from pursuing a career in the military. That’s where we may have some leverage.

To answer the question about being on a first offender program: No, you cannot normally join the military while you’re encumbered by any type of community service requirements, good behavior, probation, or even unsupervised probation. The military normally will not take you if you have any kind of court requirements like that over your head. A first offender program for possession of marijuana or underage possession of alcohol would certainly count as a requirement over your head.

What do we do? That’s why you need to call me, so we can explore the best options for your case if you’re trying to join the military and you have a misdemeanor charge. We can see about what options we may have to minimize the damage to your record, but also to try to minimize the damage to your future military career. We can try to end any requirements with the court as soon as we can, so you could hopefully be free to still join the military. If you’re facing this issue, definitely give me a call today so we can discuss your options.

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Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then, I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.

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