Treatment and Relapse History

If you have relapsed in the past, the examiner at your Michigan DAAD/DLAD 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 DAAD/DLAD Hearing After A Relapse - The Deck Is Stacked Against You

At your DAAD/DLAD 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 DAAD/DLAD 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.

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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 DAAD/DLAD hearing. With attorneys across the state, our lawyers represent clients at DAAD/DLAD hearings throughout Michigan.

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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.