Driver's License Restoration Case Results

2019
September

Client’s license was revoked for two DUI convictions. She had been granted a restricted license before, but lost it due to alcohol readings on her ignition interlock device. She admitted that she had relapsed. This time she has made the necessary changes in her life in order to maintain a sober life. She has not consumed any alcohol since November 2016.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client’s license was revoked in 2014 after her 2nd DUI. In addition to the drinking and driving convictions she has 3 minor in possession charges. She has been sober since July 2014.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client’s license was revoked in 1995. He had three DUI convictions. He has been sober since 2004.

Result: Client was granted a full license.

August

Client’s restricted license was revoked after a power loss in April 2019. She took the car to a mechanic that contacted the interlock company and advised them that the battery would be disconnected that day for repair work. However, it was still sent to the Secretary of State as a violation. Client had the tow receipt, the receipt from the mechanic, and time card showing she was at work at the time of the power loss.

Result: Restricted license was reinstated.

Client’s restricted license was revoked after his 9th start-up failure in a reporting period. He actually had 10 start up failures in that period. Each start-up failure was the only reading given for the day. In addition, he failed to provide a PBT or an EtG to provide alternative proof of his sobriety.

Result: The revocation was affirmed. The hearing officer stated in the order “In failing to provide any additional samples or an independent test, Petitioner acted in the same manner as one would expect that an individual would act had they consumed alcohol.” Following the directions for the proper use of ignition interlock device is key to winning a violation case – that means whenever there is an alcohol reading getting a PBT test down within an hour or an EtG test within 24 hours.

Client has been on a restricted license with an ignition interlock device for over a year. He had some issues on his annual report but those had been previously addressed at a violation hearing. He has been sober since 2015.

Result: Client was granted a full license.

Client has been on a restricted license with an ignition interlock device for over a year. He has 3 DUI convcitons and a reckless driving conviction that involved alcohol. He has been sober since his last arrest in 2014. He attends AA at least once a month. He had a power loss on his ignition interlock report but supplied a receipt for a new battery.

Result: Client was granted a full license.

Client had been on a restricted license with an ignition interlock device for over a year. He has 2 DUI convictions. His last one was in 2011, but he continued to drink until 2012 when he had to serve weekends in jail due to a probation violation. That made him accept that he had a problem with alcohol and he has been sober since. He presented a perfect ignition interlock report.

Result: Client was granted a full license.

Client had been driving on a restricted license with an ignition interlock device for over a year. He had no unaddressed ignition interlock violations on his report. He has been sober since 2011 when he was arrested for his last DUI.

Result: Client was granted a full license.

Client’s revocation was reinstated due to skipped retest. He had the ignition interlock device install mid-march and between his installation date and March 31 he had 5 skipped tests. He provided a test with a .000 before the missed test and then provided another sample 8-15 minute after the missed test. He did not provide any PBT or EtG tests. He changed to a different ingnition interlock company in April. He had not issues with the new device,

Result: Client was granted a restricted license. The fact that he tested so soon after his skipped test provided proof that he was not drinking and therefore the Hearing Officer reinstated the restricted license even though he failed to provide a PBT or an EtG. Other Hearing Officers would still expect the additional tests, so it is always better to go get one done and have it if needed.

Client’s license was revoked in 2007 after her 2nd DUI. In addition to her 2 drinking and driving convictions, she has 4 open intoxicants convictions. She has been sober since 2015. She also stopped using marijuana at that time.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client’s revocation was reinstated due to a skipped rolling retest. He also had a tamper/circumvent. He had a total of 4 skipped rolling retests. He never received any lock out notices and was unaware that he had missed any tests. Therefore, he did not get any follow-up tests like a PBT or an EtG to prove that he was not drinking. All the missed tests occurred right as the engine was being shut off. The tamper/circumvent he believes was due to the handset accidently getting disconnected.

Result: Client’s restricted license was reinstated. He was advised, on the record, that he should wait 2 minutes before exiting the vehicle, to be sure the device is no requesting a retest.

Client has 2 drinking and driving convcitions. He last used marijuana in 2017 and last drank in 2015.

Result: Client was granted a clearance.

Client was awarded a restricted license back in August 2017. His revocation was reinstated due to a skipped rolling retest. This is his 2nd major ignition interlock violation. On the dates of the skipped rolling retest he provided a start-up sample but the car would not start so he had to have the car jumped, he thinks that is when the device requested a retest. He ultimately had to replace the battery and he provide a recipt.

Result: Client’s restricted license was reinstated.

Client’s license was revoked after his 4th DUI conviction in 2012. He had originally lost his license after his 3rd DUI and convinced the Secretary of State that he was sober and would remain sober in 2010. He has been sober since his last DUI arrest. He is active in Smart Recovery and did attend AA in the past.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license, with the caveat that he is effectively on zero tolerance and the Hearing Officer will expect him to follow the proper use of ignition interlock instructions to the letter.

Client’s license was revoked after his 2nd DUI in 2011. He continued to drink until 2016, that was when he moved back to Virginia. Once there, he realized that his drinking was not normal and people didn’t want to be around him because he would get so drunk.

Result: Client was granted a clearance.

July

Client’s license was revoked in 1999. He has 5 drinking and driving convictions. He also had a careless driving that resulted from an accident which involved alcohol as well. In addition to alcohol, he also has a history of marijuana use. He has been sober since 2004, his last arrest.

Result: Client no longer lives in Michigan and was granted a clearance.

Client’s license was revoked in 2015, after his 2nd DUI. He continued to drink until October 2017. Client had told the office and counselor that no prior period of sobriety though he did comply with probation. At the hearing he admitted that he remained sober for 3-4 months after probation and at the time did not plan to go back to drinking.

Result: Client’s appeal was denied due to the inconsistencies between the testimony and the substance use evaluation and for the fact that his current period of sobriety is the same as his prior.

Client’s license was revoked in 2015, after his 2nd DUI. He continued to drink until October 2017. Client had told the office and counselor that no prior period of sobriety though he did comply with probation. At the hearing he admitted that he remained sober for 3-4 months after probation and at the time did not plan to go back to drinking.

Result: Client’s appeal was denied due to the inconsistencies between the testimony and the substance use evaluation and for the fact that his current period of sobriety is the same as his prior.

June

Client’s restricted license was revoked due to unauthorized removal of the ignition interlock device. He had a device installed on two vehicles. He removed it from one vehicle after it was in an accident and was undrivable. There was still a device in his 2nd vehicle.

When he received the notice of reinstatement of revocation he had mistakenly piled it with his junk mail and did not open it until 5 months after the revocation was reinstated. This was well outside of the appeal period. However, the Secretary of State granted a hearing.

Result: Client’s restricted license was reinstated.

Client was granted a restricted license in 2018, it was revoked due to a skipped re-test in January of 2019 and two power disconnects in March. The day of the skipped re-test was the day he had the device installed on a new vehicle. He had the vehicle towed to a service station where it stated until March. In March he had it towed to a different mechanic. Multiple attempts were made to get the car running with a new battery but all failed. Ultimately, Client switched the device to another vehicle. Client provided a PBT showing .000 that was done within an hour of the skipped rolling re-test. Client also submitted invoices from the mechanics.

Result: Client’s restricted license was reinstated.

Client had been driving on a restricted license with an ignition interlock device for over a year. His annual report showed 3 skipped re-tests, however, he was able to provide documentation that showed the car was in the shop at those times. He also had 3 power losses, again, he was able to establish that the car was being worked on at the time. He had one alcohol reading over .025. He had a .000 reading 1 minute later and provided an EtG report for a sample that was collected 3 hours after the positive breath test.

Result: Client was granted a full license.

Client’s license was revoked in September 2010. He has 3 DUI convictions. He also has a careless driving conviction that involved being high on marijuana. He used opiates and benzodiazepines as well. He has been clean and sober since 2011. He does not attend AA but is in counseling.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license. He is expected to remain in counseling. If he ceases counseling, he will need to attend group therapy or support groups.

Client’s license was revoked in 10/2008. He has 4 DUI conviction, the last one involved a crash which caused a death. He has been sober since the night of the accident. He has some history of drug use but no drug use after December 2007. He was released from parole Febrauary 2018.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client’s license was revoked August 2004. He has 4 DUI convictions. His first 2 were in the 1980’s and the last two were in the early 2000’s. He has been sober since 2008. He had no drug use in his history.

Result: Client was granted a clearance.

Client’s restricted license was revoked due to a missed rolling retest. She also had over 20 alcohol readings between late July 2018 and October 2018. However, every reading was followed by a negative sample within 5 minutes of the positive reading. Client was using perfume in her vehicle during that period. After October, when she stopped using the perfume, the alcohol readings stopped.

Result: Client’s restricted license was reinstated and she was given credit for the time she had both a restricted license and the BAIID installed.

Client’s license was revoked in 2012 after his 2nd DUI. He also has a minor in possession of alcohol conviction. He last conviction was a driving while license revoked in 2017. He has been sober since October 2012 when he was sentenced to jail due to a probation violation. He moved out of state in 2017.

Result: Client was granted a clearance.

Client’s license was revoked in 2013 after her 2nd DUI. She had a no operators license on person in 2017. She has been sober since her last arrest in 2013. She has no history of drug use.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client’s license was revoked in 2012. She has 3 DUI convictions. She has been sober since 2013. She had previously been granted a restricted license in 2004 after her first 2 DUI convictions. She had the ignition interlock device installed on a vehicle for 18 months and had multiple alcohol readings during that time period. She lost her restriced license due to those alcohol readings. At this hearing she was honest with the hearing officer and admitted that she started drinking again 6 months after the 2004 hearing.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

May

Client’s driver’s license has been revoked since 2010. He has 2 DUI convictions and 3 drug convictions. He has been sober since 12/20/2012. He was essentially living on other people’s couches and wasn’t going anywhere.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license. The hearing officer wants him to begin attending AA, Smart Recovery or a relapse prevention course before his next hearing.

Client has two DUI convictions. Her license has been revoked since his last one in 2009. The 2nd DUI was an OUI causing serious injury. She had a restricted license with an ignition interlock device back in 2013, however, it was revoked due to a power loss. She never provided proof to the Secretary of State that it had been a battery issue and that she had replaced the battery. Outside of that issue, she had been compliant with the ignition interlock device. She has been sober since her last DUI in 2013.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client’s revocation was reinstated for a missed rolling re-test in December of 2018. The system kept requesting a sample but would not accept one. It kept resetting the countdown clock instead. He was able to go to his service center right away and the device was switched out. Client was able to provide documentation to prove his version of events. Also the device had registered several .000 breath samples shortly before the device malfunctioned. He also provided .000 breath samples on the new device.

Result: Client’s restricted license was reinstated.

Client’s license was revoked after his 2nd DUI in 2013. He had a history of marijuana and Xanax use. He last used drugs in 2010, after his 1st DUI. He last consumed alcohol in 2016. He realized he was not going to go anywhere in life if he kept doing what he was doing.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client has 2 DUI convictions, both with high BAC. He tried marijuana a handful of times with his last use of it being in 2013 or 2014. He has been sober since his last arrest in 2016.

Result: Client lives out of state and was granted a clearance.

Client’s revocation was reinstated due to a skipped rolling retest. There was a passing test shortly before the violation. Client had turned off the vehicle and got out of the car.

Result: Restricted license was reinstated. Client was advised to wait two minutes before exiting the car because the device can ask for a test within that period of time.

Client has 5 DUI convictions. He last drank in August 2013, when he was arrested for his 5th DUI. He has two prior periods of sobriety, one was 9 years and the other was 4 years. Both times he relapsed because he thought he could control his drinking. This time he knows that he can never return to drinking. He used marijuana until 1997.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

April

Client has been driving on a restricted license with an ignition interlock device installed in the vehicle for over 1 year. He has a total of 4 DUI convictions, his last one was in 2006. He has been sober since June 2010. He hasn’t used drugs since the 1980s.

Result: Client was granted a full license.

Client’s license was revoked since June 2006. He has three DUI convictions. He has been sober since his last DUI in 2006. He had no prior drug use.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client has been on a restricted license with an ignition interlock device for over a year. Client has been sober since his 3rd and last dui in April 2011. He started his own business and he has gotten married. He stated that his life is excellent now and there is nothing that he misses about his life from when he was drinking. He presented a perfect BAIID report.

Result: Client was granted a full license.

Client was on a restricted license with an ignition interlock device and received a violation. His revocation was reinstated due to failed rolling retest. He had consumed a concentrated energy drink shortly before blowing in the device. He provided a negative PBT that was taken within an hour of the failed reading.

Result: Client’s restricted license was reinstated.

Client’s license was revoked in 2012 after his 2nd DUI. He has been completely clean and sober since he was sentenced on the 2nd DUI. He does not attend AA.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client has been driving with a restricted license and ignition interlock device for over a year. She was on the device because of her participation with a sobriety court program. She has 2 DUI convictions and has been sober since her last arrest in 2016. She was a daily drinker, often 4-5 drinks a day.

Result: Client was granted a full license.

Client has 2 DUI convictions. Her license has been revoked since her 2nd one in 2008. She has been sober since 2012. That is when she realized how much she had lost because of drinking. She moved out of Michigan in 2011 for a fresh start.

Result: Client was granted a clearance.

Client has 3 DUI convictions, a MIP conviction, and an open intoxicant conviction. Client has been clean and sober since 2012. It took him a long time to accept that he was an alcoholic and could never drink again.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client was requesting a full license. He has been on an ignition interlock device for over five years. He had 22 tamper/circumvent violations and alcohol readings on his annual reports. All of the issues were discussed at his two prior violation hearings.

Result: Client was granted a full license.

Client was requesting a restricted license. She had previously had a restricted license with an ignition interlock device that she lost due to alcohol readings. At the time the device did not have a camera. Her ex provided a letter stating that any alcohol readings belonged to the ex and not our client. She has 2 DUI convictions. She has been sober since her last conviction in 2012

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client was issued a restricted license with an ignition interlock device via sobriety court. He successfully completed sobriety court and has used the device for over the minimum year requirement. He has been sober since 2016, a little after his 2nd DUI arrest. His last use of marijuana was also in 2016.

Result: Full license granted.

Client has 4 DUI convictions, his last conviction was in 2006. He continued to drink until 2017. He abused Vicodin, Soma, Suboxone, and Xanax. He has also been clean from all substances since 2017. He attends AA but lost contact with his old sponsor, due to his old sponsor’s relapse.

Result: Client was a granted a restricted license. The order stated that he is to find a new sponsor prior to being considered for full driving privileges.

March

Client’s license was revoked in 2007 after his 2nd DUI. In addition to alcohol, he also smoked marijuana regularly. He has been clean and sober since 2008. He had a valid Florida Driver’s License from 2004 to 2018. However, in 2018 Florida would not renew the license due to the Michigan hold.

Result: Clearance granted.

Client’s license was revoked in November 2009. He has 2 DUI convictions. He has been sober since 2016. His only drug use was marijuana, decades ago, when he was in high school. Client takes Ambien at night to sleep and he has a prescription for Xanax which he takes only when he flies.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client’s license was revoked after her 2nd DUI in 2003, her 3rd and last DUI was also in 2003. Her last DUI involved marijuana rather than alcohol. She stopped smoking marijuana after that arrest. Alcohol took her awhile longer to quit, but she finally managed to give it up in 2015.

Result: Clearance granted.

Client’s license has been revoked since November 1997. Client has been sober since June 2008. He does not attend AA but was able to articulate triggers and relapse prevention strategies at the hearing.

Result: Restricted license granted.

Client’s license has been revoked since 2013. He has 3 DUI convictions. He has been sober since July 2013, a couple of weeks after his 3rd DUI arrest. He explained to the hearing officer that he had tried to drink a beer and ended up dumping it out because it just made him realize where drinking had taken him. He had tried to file an appeal on his own while he was still on probation. In that appeal, he had stated that he had been sober since the last arrest and it failed to mention his prior marijuana use (which was about 10 times in his life about 25-30 years ago). We were able to explain that, while the prior paperwork was inaccurate, he was not trying to intentionally mislead the Secretary of State.

Result: Restricted license granted.

February

Client’s license has been revoked since 1996. He has 4 DUI convictions. He has been sober since his last arrest in April 2010.

Result: Restricted license granted February 2019.

Client’s license has been revoked since May 2002. He has 3 DUI convictions. He had a couple of drug convictions and 4 convictions for driving while license suspended. He has been sober since 2002, his last DUI offense.

Result: Restricted license granted.

Client’s revocation was reinstated after he picked up a new DUI in 2009. He has 6 DUI convictions. He has been sober since his last arrest in 2012. He was struck by a drunk driver, and that really forced him to see the risk of drinking and driving. He attends AA weekly.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client’s license was revoked in 2010. He has 3 DUI convictions and 4 drug crimes. He has been sober from alcohol since 2013. He was able to get clean from drugs for 2 years before suffering a significant relapse of about 11 months. He went back into rehab and has been drug free since 2016. He attends AA once a week.

Result: Client lives out of state and was granted a clearance.

Client’s license was revoked for multiple DUI’s. He no long lives in Michigan. He has been sober since 2010. He has been clean from marijuana since 2006. He had no other drug use.

Result: Client was granted a clearance in February 2019.

Client’s revocation was reinstated October 2018 due to a 10 day period of power loss to the device. Client had last driven the vehicle 15 days before the power loss. When he discovered the battery was dead he replaced the battery and provided the proof to the hearing officer.

Result: Client’s restricted license was reinstated.

Client completed a sobriety court program and drove on an ignition interlock device for at least a year. Client has been sober since October 2016, which was when he was arrested for his 3rd drunk-driving arrest. His last use of marijuana was in 2008. He continues to attend AA.

Result: Client was granted a full license.

Client’s license was revoked after her 2nd DUI in 2013. She last drank in June 2015. In addition to alcohol, she abused prescription medication, and heroin. She last used heroin in 2013 and she stopped abusing prescription medication in 2014. She did have a medical marijuana card, which expired, and her last use of marijuana was in 2016. She is active in AA and attends counseling.

Result: Restricted license granted.

Client’s license was revoked in 2004 after her 2nd DUI. She continued to drink until the summer of 2007. She is enjoying living a sober life and has surrounded herself with sober people.

Result: Client lives out of state and was granted a clearance.

Client was applying for a full license. He had been driving on a restricted license with an ignition interlock device on his vehicle for over a year. Less than 10 days before his hearing he had multiple positive alcohol readings on the device. He did take an ETG test and he provided the results to the Secretary of State. The problem was that he submitted the ETG results even though the test was positive for alcohol.

Result: Client’s revocation was reinstated due to his violation of his restricted license. A restricted license is only granted when an individual proves my clear and convincing evidence that he or she is sober know and has the tools in place to stay sober for the rest of his or her life. Whenever there is evidence of drinking it is a major concern for the hearing officer. In this case the hearing officer felt that the evidence of drinking was overwhelming and reinstated the client’s revocation.

January

Client was convicted of operating while intoxicated causing death in November 2012. He successfully completed his sentence and has been off of all supervision for over a year. Client has been sober since the accident.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license

Client’s license revocation was reinstated March 2014. He was originally revoked after his 2nd DUI in 2009. He was granted a restricted license in 2012, but lost it due to multiple alcohol readings on the ignition interlock device. He admitted that he relapsed sometime in 2013. He only used marijuana occasionally in college. He has been completely clean and sober since March 2014. This case was fairly close as the Hearing Officer had some concern over Client’s credibility.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license

Client’s license has been revoked since 2000. He has a total of 7 DUI convictions. In addition to his DUI convictions he has a terrible driving record. He has multiple convictions for driving while license suspended and leaving the scene of an accident. He had alcohol and opiate addictions. He has continuous alcohol abstinence since 2003. He has been clean from opiated since 2008. Client is a Michigan resident.

Result: Client was granted a full license. Normally an individual is granted a restricted license and has to drive with an ignition interlock device for a minimum of 365 days. The hearing officer did not require that this time. While hearing officers have the authority to grant a full license, it almost never happens.

Client’s license was revoked in 2012 after his 2nd DUI conviction. Both of his conviction were related to prescription medication. He was clean and sober for 3 years before relapsing for almost a year in 2015. Since December 2015 he has been clean from all substances.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client’s license was revoked after her second DUI in 2008. She has been sober since the 2nd arrest. Her only drug use was marijuana in the mid-90s.

Result: Client was granted a restricted license.

Client revocation was reinstated due to a tamper/circumvent violation. His ignition interlock device showed power loss on 9/13/2018 and 10/13/2018. He has been sober since June 2015. He returned home from work shortly before the power loss and parked the car for the evening. The next day the car started no problem. Because he did not know there was a power loss, he did not get a PBT or EtG test.

Result: Client’s restricted license was reinstated.

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