Oklahoma Criminal Charges and Global Entry/TSA PreCheck

Since September 11, 2001, security protocols at airports both in the U.S. and abroad have been heightened significantly. A side effect of this has been substantially increased wait times for passengers trying to make their way through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints.

Over the past few years, TSA has introduced the Global Entry and PreCheck programs, which allow pre-screened passengers the chance to bypass long security lines and procedures. However, applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements, and pending criminal charges or convictions for certain criminal offenses may negatively impact your application or your status if already enrolled in the program/s.

Global Entry Eligibility

The Global Entry program, which allows easier check-in at U.S. airports for international fliers, has very strict eligibility requirements when it comes to criminal charges.

Any conviction for a criminal offense or any pending criminal charge—including driving under the influence (DUI)—can leave you ineligible for the program. If you are already a Global Entry program member, a criminal charge can jeopardize your continued eligibility.

TSA PreCheck Eligibility

A criminal record or pending criminal charge can also affect eligibility for the PreCheck program, which allows expedited security processing for domestic passengers.

This program designates certain criminal offenses that are “permanently disqualifying,” including:

  • Espionage
  • Treason
  • Terrorism
  • Unlawful possession of an explosive device

The PreCheck program also designates certain crimes as “interim disqualifying” offenses, meaning that you will be ineligible for the program if you have been convicted of a qualifying crime within seven years of the application. These offenses include:

  • Robbery
  • Assault with intent to kill
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Rape or aggravated sexual abuse
  • Distribution, possession with intent to distribute, or importation of a controlled substance
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm

Saving Your Status

Being charged with a crime doesn’t mean you will automatically lose your PreCheck or Global Entry status. An experienced defense attorney can advise you on the potential impacts of a criminal charge as well as the legal options available to you.

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