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Treatment and Relapse History

If you have relapsed in the past, the examiner at your Michigan dirv'er license hearing may consider you a poor candidate for driver's license reinstatement. You can overcome any relapse issues with advice from an experienced attorney. At the law office of Grabel & Associates, our lawyers have been able to help many clients with histories of relapse win reinstatement of their Michigan driver's licenses.

Your Driver's License Hearing After A Relapse - The Deck Is Stacked Against You

At your driver's license hearing, you will need to demonstrate that your alcohol problem is now controlled and that you are unlikely to be charged with a DUI in the future. If you have relapsed in the past, your hearing examiner's biggest concern will be that you will relapse again and be charged with another DUI. Because your license was originally suspended because of multiple drunk driving convictions, the examiner will assume that you are an alcoholic and likely to be unable to control your drinking. Our team of dedicated lawyers are experienced in demonstrating that relapse is part of the recovery process, and you are a strong candidate for license reinstatement.

Give Yourself An Advantage - Consult A Knowledgeable Attorney

Fortunately, our lawyers have a strategy for proving that you are a low risk and unlikely to relapse in the future. The first step is to prepare you for your driver's license hearing. We undertake to do the following for clients whose past history of relapse may make recovering their licenses more difficult:

  • Prepare witnesses who will testify that you have a support system (family and friends) who will help you stay sober day in and day out
  • Prepare you to answer truthfully and in the best light the difficult questions your hearing examiner will ask you
  • Prepare you for the pitfalls you will face during your hearing so you can avoid them, including skepticism by the hearing officer, the need to acknowledge your problem and doubt about your willingness to address the matter
  • Collect documentation of your attendance at a formal support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous. In some instances, it may help to have your AA sponsor appear at your hearing
  • Prepare you for demonstrating that you need your license for work or family reasons

You don't need to be in AA to win reinstatement of your driver's license following a relapse. However, you do need to be prepared to assure your hearing examiner that you are at low risk of another relapse.

Contact Our Michigan Law Firm For A Free Consultation - We Accept All Credit Cards, Call 24/7

Don't give up on your driver's license appeal if you have relapsed in the past. Contact our law firm to guide you at your next driver's license hearing. With attorneys across the state, our lawyers represent clients at driver's license hearings throughout Michigan.

Learn More: What you need to prove at a driver's license hearing


Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.

Client Reviews

If you are reading these reviews you are about to make a decision that will have a large impact on the rest of your life. I choose Grabel and Associates to represent me in my case and I could not have been more satisfied with the level of professionalism and dedication to their clients. I had the opportunity to meet and work with multiple lawyers in the practice all of which showcased a vast knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the legal system. When you choose Scott Grabel to represent you will open yourself up to all of his resources. Depending on your case Grabel knows experts in all fields. I worked with polygraph examiners, investigators, and forensics experts. Grabel and Associates will defend without prejudice of innocence or guilt. Scott Grabel was able to lead me through every step of the process with great communication the whole way. I would recommend Scott Grabel and Associates to my friends, family and anyone who is in need of representation. B. A.
Best attorney in state of Michigan. Caring and a true friend. Scott was with us every step of the way. He fought for a great injustice for our son and was able to provide an outcome that gave his life back. L. A.
Scott and his firm did an awesome job representing a family member of mine, I would highly recommend him and his firm! They were extremely reliable, trustworthy and very informative and did a great job with the case. I couldn't be happier with the results that we received, I can't speak highly enough about the great job he did. If you are thinking about using his firm, I would highly recommend, I would definitely use his firm again if needed, he is an a great attorney with a great firm, you won't be disappointed! M. F.