Is self-reporting required for criminal offenses that lead to arrest?

In 2021, over 4.53 million arrests occurred in the United States. An arrest can be a horrible experience and an even more nightmarish event when required to report it to your security office. But do you have to disclose your arrest? Yes, you should when required under the Security Executive Agent Directive 3 and tailored agency guidelines. You may also be required to report an arrest within a certain number of days after the occurrence.

Although the case may be eventually dropped or dismissed, an arrest is still considered an arrest. It may seem unfair for an arrest to report an arrest when the criminal case is in the preliminary stages. However, it is always important to follow the directive or agency guidelines to ensure compliance. Lastly, determine how much information is shared with the security office. It is crucial to be candid and provide sufficient information to satisfy your agency's requirements for self-reporting. It is imperative not to reveal too much information, which may cause issues in your criminal case.

Revealing your arrest does not guarantee a revoked security clearance, but being forthcoming will assist with mitigating factors. Self-reporting shows candor and responsibility. If you withhold your arrest, you may face allegations of untruthfulness which is harder to mitigate.

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