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DUI and Your Air Force and Military Career

Air Force Airmen DUI

The Air Force and other branches of the military have strict policies against drinking and driving. For any active duty member of the military arrested for DUI either on or off base, the military will take action.

Your commanding officer might take action, regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, including:

  • suspended driving privileges both on and off base;
  • a reprimand;
  • loss of rank;
  • six months of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team meetings; and/or
  • suspended pay.

In some cases, your commanding officer in the Air Force might make a request for the prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office to drop the criminal charges being prosecuted in state court so that Article 15 or nonjudicial penalties can be imposed.

Attorneys for a DUI involving an Air Force Airmen

At the Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, FL, our DUI Attorneys understand the direct and indirect consequences that come with a first DUI arrest. The best protection against the most severe consequences to your military career is pursuing an aggressive defense.

By fighting the administrative suspension of your driver's license and by fighting the criminal case in court, you can protect your career. Many military members take the attitude that if they did the crime they should do the time. However, every person accused of a crime deserves an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for the best possible result.

Members of the military have even more to lose and should seek an attorney focused on criminal and DUI defense in the Tampa Bay area. Read more about the consequences for a pilot's license after a DUI arrest.

We represent members of the military after an arrest for any felony or misdemeanor being prosecuted in state court. Over the years, our attorneys have represented clients stationed at MacDill Air Force Based in Tampa, FL.

Call us at 813-250-0500.


Airmen Against Drunk Driving (AADD)

The surprising number of airmen getting arrested for DUI both on base and off base has lead to the creation of the Air Force Airmen Against Drunk Driving (AADD) which exists at several air force bases throughout the country. Officials have discussed the possibility of bringing back the AADD at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

The goal of the AADD is to decrease DUI arrests and DUI accidents involving airmen. On many Air Force bases, the Airmen Against Drunk Driving program is staffed by airmen volunteers and offers free rides home to airmen on weekend nights. The AADD also accepts donations which can be used to fund certain programs that reduce drunk driving cases among Airmen.

Any member of the military or contractor that works on base should be careful to avoid an allegation of drunk driving. The allegation can severely impact your military career. Members of the military should plan ahead to avoid any chance of drinking and driving. The stakes are too high. Don't drink and drive.


This article was last updated on Friday, September 7, 2018.