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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.

 



Security Clearance Lawyers

Our lawyers who specialize in security clearance regularly help employees and contractors of the federal government with all stages of the security clearance process. We assist you in obtaining confidential, secret, or top secret security clearance.

Gaining security clearance at any level is a true sign that the government trusts you. Over the last decade, the federal government has added many to the number and type of positions that require security clearances, making it harder for people to get or keep a job in federal agencies.

The application process as well as the clearance renewal process includes an extensive and thorough background investigation into your personal life and financial history. Anything from traffic offenses to credit card debt can be questioned.  Also, your security clearance can get taken away due to factors that call your ability to work in a sensitive position into question. 

Federal employees, contractors and military personnel can count on us in all phases of the security clearance process.  We’ve helped hundreds retain their clearances. Each of our security clearance specialists once had security clearances – meaning they comprehend the process from the inside. Our attorneys provide counsel during the whole security clearance application, revocation and appeals process, including:

  1. SF-86 and DD Form 1879 Pre-Clearance Counseling
  2. Help you prepare for interrogatories and investigative interviews
  3. Preparation of response to the Statement of Reasons and Denial Letters
  4. Preparation and representation throughout further appeals
  5. Representation at post-denial hearings in front of the DoD, FBI, CIA, DHS, Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA), federal courts and agencies
  6. Document and witness preparation for hearings

If you are soon to file for your own security clearance or recently received denial or revocation, our lawyers can give you the counsel necessary to gain and maintain your clearance and your position.

A lawyer with experience reviewing records and preparing written appeals will help you as long as you are not a security threat and should be granted the security clearance.

Use of Drugs | Security Clearance Lawyers

Some potentially disqualifying actions related to drug use include:

  • Use of or contact with any drugs or other controlled substances listed in the Controlled Substance Act of 1970
  • History of drug abuse
  • Drug test with positive result
  • Drug offense convictions on your record such as sale, possession, distribution, cultivation or manufacture
  • Expression of intent to continue drug use
  • Failure to complete a substance abuse treatment program

Authorities may deny your security clearance due to the fact that drug use could be evidence of untrustworthiness. Alcoholism and other substance abuse problems can cause lapses in judgment and lack of self-control, which is enough to disqualify an applicant from security clearance. 

Use of Alcohol & Security Clearance

Although alcohol is legal, proof of alcoholism can be disqualifying nonetheless; for example:

  • Convictions for Driving Under the influence (DUI)
  • Alcohol-related incidents on the job
  • History/reputation of habitual drinking or binge drinking
  • Arrests or incidents such as child abuse, spouse abuse, or disturbing the peace
  • Diagnosis from a qualified medical professional of alcohol abuse or dependency

Although DUI crime on your record could disqualify you, there are other factors that could reduce your likelihood of a security clearance denial related to your DUI include:

  1. Your ability to demonstrate that the behavior that resulted in the DUI is not an accurate representation of your present patterns of behavior
  2. How long ago the  incident occurred
  3. What steps you have since taken to move beyond any substance abuse issues

RESPONDING TO INTERROGATORIES IN THE SECURITY CLEARANCE INVESTIGATION PROCESS

How to Respond to Interrogatories

The Defense Security Service (DSS) will issue you a security clearance only if a proper investigation has been executed. The reason for this investigation is to determine that granting you security clearance is in indeed the country’s best interest. If specific matters turn out to be unresolved by the investigator, your file gets dispatched to the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), whereby an adjudicator might send you a set of questions they want you to answer. This list of questions is referred to as interrogatories.

Under what circumstances would I receive interrogatories?

Contractors are customarily asked to reply to interrogatories as a formality of the interview process. In a small number of cases, full-time government employees may also get this list of questions. They would need to answer them before they can be granted a security clearance.

Responding to these questions is paramount if you wish to get clearance from the DoD.

How You Should Answer Interrogatories in the Course of the Security Clearance

During the process of investigation, you should know that your entire life is examined like an open book. Investigators will delve deep into your personal, financial and criminal histories to paint a clearer picture of who you are, the content of your character, and to figure out whether or not you are a security risk.

Interrogatories are dispatched as a normal step in the process to further assess your security clearance eligibility when specific factors turn up, such as family members who lives in a foreign country (Foreign Influence), unsettled debts (Financial), past use of drugs (Personal Conduct), and minor convictions (Criminal Conduct).

In your response to interrogatories, it is crucial for you to:

Be Completely Honest

This is the worst time for you to “forget” to mention a questionable detail about your past, nor is it a good idea to mislead investigators in any fashion. For example, if you have a history of drug use in your college days, every occurrence of that drug use, including what drugs you took,where you took them, who you took them with, and other specifics need to be detailed in full or else a red flag could go up if a discrepancy in your account is later revealed.

Bear in mind that security clearance is not your right. Just the fact that you got clearance doesn’t say that it can’t be revoked down the line if a current or past security problem should arise. Examples of this include a past arrest, unreported drug use, and employee misconduct. Telling the full truth on your interrogatory questions and putting your entire past before the DoD is always the best way to go.

Be Clear

Vagueness will just raise red flags that might lead to your clearance being denied or later revoked. For instance, if you have siblings in foreign countries, be crystal clear about your connections and interactions with those relatives so that you successfully put to rest any questions regarding foreign influence. Better you provide more details than less, as the latter tactic will only cause greater scrutiny on your character and history.

Be Thorough

The burden of proof is on you to demonstrate that you are qualified for security clearance. In addition to being honest and completely clear about all security clearance issues, you could support your claims by providing documentation, including as bank statements to demonstrate that you are handling your financial difficulties with integrity. The more proof you can furnish, the higher the chances are of you obtaining the security clearance you need.

Enlist Qualified Help

When you are capable of answering their questions fully and honestly, you could get a security clearance without being required to submit to a DOHA hearing.

If your responses are deemed insufficient, and the problems with your application are still not resolved, they will send you a Statement of Reasons (SOR).

These cases are complex.  They call for the services of experienced security clearance attorneys. Security Clearance Law Group can be there for you.  We respond to your interrogatory questions and all other problems that might come along in the investigation process. Contact us right away to review your case.

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RESPONDING TO INTERROGATORIES IN THE SECURITY CLEARANCE INVESTIGATION PROCESS

 

How to Respond to Interrogatories

The Defense Security Service (DSS) will issue you a security clearance only if a proper investigation has been executed. The reason for this investigation is to determine that granting you security clearance is in indeed the country’s best interest. If specific matters turn out to be unresolved by the investigator, your file gets dispatched to the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), whereby an adjudicator might send you a set of questions they want you to answer. This list of questions is referred to as interrogatories.

 

Under what circumstances would I receive interrogatories?

Contractors are customarily asked to reply to interrogatories as a formality of the interview process. In a small number of cases, full-time government employees may also get this list of questions. They would need to answer them before they can be granted a security clearance.

 

Responding to these questions is paramount if you wish to get clearance from the DoD.

 

How You Should Answer Interrogatories in the Course of the Security Clearance

During the process of investigation, you should know that your entire life is examined like an open book. Investigators will delve deep into your personal, financial and criminal histories to paint a clearer picture of who you are, the content of your character, and to figure out whether or not you are a security risk.

 

Interrogatories are dispatched as a normal step in the process to further assess your security clearance eligibility when specific factors turn up, such as family members who lives in a foreign country (Foreign Influence), unsettled debts (Financial), past use of drugs (Personal Conduct), and minor convictions (Criminal Conduct).

 

In your response to interrogatories, it is crucial for you to:

 

Be Completely Honest

 

This is the worst time for you to “forget” to mention a questionable detail about your past, nor is it a good idea to mislead investigators in any fashion. For example, if you have a history of drug use in your college days, every occurrence of that drug use, including what drugs you took, where you took them, who you took them with, and other specifics need to be detailed in full or else a red flag could go up if a discrepancy in your account is later revealed.

 

Bear in mind that security clearance is not your right. Just the fact that you got clearance doesn’t say that it can’t be revoked down the line if a current or past security problem should arise. Examples of this include a past arrest, unreported drug use, and employee misconduct. Telling the full truth on your interrogatory questions and putting your entire past before the DoD is always the best way to go.

 

Be Clear

 

Vagueness will just raise red flags that might lead to your clearance being denied or later revoked. For instance, if you have siblings in foreign countries, be crystal clear about your connections and interactions with those relatives so that you successfully put to rest any questions regarding foreign influence. Better you provide more details than less, as the latter tactic will only cause greater scrutiny on your character and history.

 

Be Thorough

 

The burden of proof is on you to demonstrate that you are qualified for security clearance. In addition to being honest and completely clear about all security clearance issues, you could support your claims by providing documentation, including as bank statements to demonstrate that you are handling your financial difficulties with integrity. The more proof you can furnish, the higher the chances are of you obtaining the security clearance you need.

 

Enlist Qualified Help

 

When you are capable of answering their questions fully and honestly, you could get a security clearance without being required to submit to a DOHA hearing.

 

If your responses are deemed insufficient, and the problems with your application are still not resolved, they will send you a Statement of Reasons (SOR).

 

These cases are complex.  They call for the services of experienced security clearance attorneys. Security Clearance Law Group can be there for you.  We respond to your interrogatory questions and all other problems that might come along in the investigation process. Contact us right away to review your case.

 

Give us a Call Today!

 


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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