Every day, pretty much everything I do is DUI and driver's license related. In some DUI cases, I meet with people who are in the middle of a troubled relationship to alcohol. A man called my office the other day regarding his 7th DUI and insisted that his drinking was not a problem. On the other hand, I have clients for whom the last DUI is an "a-ha" moment; whether that produces lasting sobriety or not is the big question. For anyone even thinking about filing a Michigan driver's license restoration appeal, this is a starting point; you must have really quit drinking and accepted that you cannot drink again. That's a first and a must. Beyond that, however, there are some things you should know. This article is not going to be a simple rehash of my recent article about the essentials of Michigan driver's license restoration appeals, but rather a more pedestrian look at some of the things you may not have known.
If you have lost your license for multiple DUI's, then you have to wait until your period of revocation is over; either 1 year if you've had 2 DUI's within a 7-year period, or 5 years if you've had 3 DUI's within a 5-year period. There is absolutely nothing you can do to shorten this period. I make my living handling license matters, so if there were anything that could be done, I'd do it. There is nothing we can do like "go to court" to get a license. In fact, beyond just not being possible, the law specifically forbids it.
Of course you need a license. Everyone needs a license; the Michigan Secretary of State Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) hears that all day long. You win back a license because you prove that you're zero risk to ever drink again. Needing a license has nothing to do with being able to win yours back.
In order to win a Michigan driver's license appeal, you have to file, amongst other things, a current substance abuse evaluation and at least 3 notarized letters of support. These things have to come together to prove your current period of abstinence and support the proposition that you are likely to remain abstinent forever. You have to understand how this works, and the context in which it has to work to have any chance of winning.
If you live in Michigan, you will only first win back a restricted license with an interlock unit. Some people call this a "blow and go." Whatever else, there is no go without it. These things cost money; my understanding is that they run about $80 per month. As a driver's license restoration lawyer, I can't really get into the finery of pricing. I cost money, too. I charge $3600 to win your license back, but I did say win. I guarantee I will win every case I take, but I don't take every case that comes my way. Here, we circle back to that sobriety thing. I only take cases for people who have really and truly quit drinking. Curiously, no matter how many times or how many ways I say this, people will call my office and say that they can have a glass of wine or a drink every now and then. The main purpose of a license appeal is to make sure that you have separated yourself completely from alcohol. Given my guarantee, I have absolutely no interest in messing around with anyone who hasn't; after all, he whole point of the license appeal process is to precisely to weed those people out.