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PRE-INVESTIGATION GUIDANCE ($995)
In many cases, applicants who would otherwise sail through the security clearance process end up creating problems for themselves because they misinterpret questions on the SF-86 or fail to answer them appropriately. Even where potential issues do exist, there are ways to present the applicant in the best possible light while remaining honest and ethical.
Your attorney will:
All of this helps avoid problems before they occur. It also often expedites the processing of your security clearance. Price assumes usual 2 hours for Attorney document review/preparation and up to 1 hour telephonic consultation. We also offer an enhanced service for political appointees, which includes assistance with the expanded SF-86 and security/suitability portion of White House vetting paperwork, at additional cost.
RESPONSE TO STATEMENT OF REASONS (STARTING AT $ 2,500)
Receiving a Statement of Reasons (SOR) should not be interpreted as the death knell of your security clearance. Often times, the government’s concerns about you can be mitigated with a well-written, legally sound response. We can obtain the government’s case file on you, identify mitigating circumstances, and move for a favorable clearance adjudication without the need for a formal hearing. Our firm has an exceptional track record of winning cases solely off a written SOR response. We strive to win cases early in the process, saving our clients time, money, and headaches in the long run. Even if a hearing is ultimately still required, strong responses to your SOR set the stage for a higher likelihood of success before the judge.
REPRESENTATION AT HEARINGS – ALL AGENCIES (STARTING AT $ 3,995)
There is a reason why we win so many cases: preparation. Depending upon the complexity of your matter, your attorney will typically spend between 10-40 hours conducting research, drafting motions, reviewing evidence, and ensuring that both you and any witnesses are well prepared to testify. At the hearing, your experienced trial attorney will advocate aggressively on your behalf. Although the Federal Rules of Evidence are not strictly followed in security clearance hearings, they can still be leveraged in your favor to limit the introduction of derogatory evidence against you. Avoid getting blind-sided by unexpected surprises; present a polished, professional case to the judge; and, side-step common government traps and tricks designed to deny you your security clearance.
APPEAL BRIEFS TO BOARDS OF APPEAL (STARTING AT $ 3,500)
Should an appeal of the hearing judge’s decision be necessary, your attorney will highlight legal and/or procedural errors made by the judge, as well as identify any due process concerns that prevented you from receiving a fair hearing. Although the Supreme Court has said that a security clearance is a privilege, not a right, you DO have a right to fair application of the rules. Not sure if an appeal is worth your time and money? We can review your hearing transcript, case file, and denial decision for just $500 and provide you with a realistic assessment. If you decide to move forward with an appeal, we’ll apply that amount to your overall cost.
DOHA RE-APPLICATION PACKAGE (STARTING AT $ 2,500)
Applicants who were denied a clearance by the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) must wait at least 1 year before re-applying. Even then, the applicant must first obtain permission from the DOHA Director. A permission denial means that the applicant must wait yet another year before attempting again. Don’t let that happen to you! We have extensive experience preparing successful re-application packages and will strive to ensure that yours is a winner.
ALL FLAT FEES ARE QUOTED UP-FRONT BASED ON THE COMPLEXITY OF YOUR CASE AND THE ANTICIPATED AMOUNT OF ATTORNEY TIME.