This blog contains a rather large volume of articles about Driver's License Restoration. Because such a large share of my Practice involves License Restorations, I have tried to cover this subject from every possible angle. My previous articles explain both the process of winning back a Michigan Driver's License, and the ins and outs of having a Michigan Driver's License Hold cleared so that a person can be Licensed in another state.
Because almost every one of those situations involves the loss of Driving Privileges occasioned by multiple DUI's, I have yet to examine the role of Drugs in a License Appeal. In this article, we'll begin an inquiry into the role of Drugs in a License Appeal. Because this is such an in-depth subject, we'll break this article into 4 parts. I will end each at a logical stopping point in order to keep each of these installments flowing into the next. This first entry will be the shortest of the bunch, as we'll be more or less just defining the terms we'll be discussing later.
Let's begin by defining what is meant by the phrase "role of Drugs." We'll be looking at "Drugs" within the context of both illegal use, as in Substance Abuse, and the role of legitimate, legal prescriptions for the person filing the Appeal. In other words, if there is any Drug Crime on a person's Record, or if they've ever had Counseling or Treatment for Drug issues, and/or even if they are on any Prescription Medication of almost any kind, then the subject of "Drugs" must at least be examined as part of the overall process of preparing for a License Appeal.
To be completely and technically accurate, although the vast majority of License Revocations are the result of multiple DUI convictions, the law applies equally to "Alcohol or Drug-Related Driving Convictions." This means that any combination of 2 DUI's and/or Substance Abuse, Driving-Related Convictions within 7 years, or any combination of 3 such Convictions within 10 years will result in either a 1-year, or 5-year Revocation, respectively.
This, however, does not explain why the Secretary of State's Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) will so closely scrutinize a person who has a valid prescription for Xanax, but whose License was Revoked for 2 DUI's. To understand this whole concern better, we need to understand the prevailing view of Alcoholism, Addiction, Cross-Addiction, and Recovery, and the roles they play in a License Restoration Appeal. We will NOT be undertaking an instructional analysis of those concepts. That would take years. Instead, we'll establish a working definition of those terms and see how they figure into this whole process. And make no mistake about it, they figure prominently into the License Restoration Process.