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Asked in Warren, MI Oct. 11, 2018 ,  3 answers Visitors: 97
My 2nd duo was over 10 years ago. Do I still require a blow & go?
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Anonymous
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Posted on / Oct. 11, 2018 17:55:23

You will need to have a hearing before an administrative law Judge in Livonia hearing office. Prior to that hearing, you will:
1. Complete a secretary of State sos257 questionarre with detailed questions about your alcohol abuse and recovery .
2. You need to prove at least one year of sobriety and a support system to maintain lifetime abstinence.
3. You will undergo a substance use evaluation with a therapist and submit a 10 panel drug screen and be tested for alcohol.
4. You will submit testamentary letters from people that know you well that need to address 10 specific topics.
This is a very complicated process with many "unwritten" rules that apply.
Each of the hearing officers at the Livonia hearing office are unique individuals and each requires a different approach.
I, fortunately, have never lost a case and I have handled 100's.
This process requires preparation galore and talent to survive the process.
If successful, you will be granted a restricted license that requires an ignition interlock device for one year.
After that, you go through the process again to regain full driving privileges.

Make sure to hire a qualified license appeal attorney to help you have a successful outcome

Anonymous
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Posted on / Oct. 11, 2018 16:30:19

Mr. Ford is correct on all points and current practice. You should also be aware that the law has also evolved since your last conviction, and now there is no longer a statute of limitations regarding the lookback for enhancing a third drinking and driving infraction, it is now a thrid offense in a lifetime which enhances the third to a felony and potential 5 years in prison.

Anonymous
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Posted on / Oct. 11, 2018 16:15:22

In a word, Yes. To get your license back you will have to go through a demanding process. You must have long term abstinence from alcohol, and a commitment to lifetime abstinence. That means no drinking or illicit drugs, whatsoever. You must have letters of support from your friends and family that must include certain topics, you must have a professional substance abuse evaluation, do a ten panel urine test for substances, complete the Form SOS 257, and testify at a hearing. There are instructions on the Secretary of State's website, but they do not tell the whole story. It is very risky to try to do this on your own. You should locate an attorney in your area who has extensive experience in license restoration cases. If you fail, in most cases you will have to wait a year to try again. If you are successful, you will be given a restricted license, with a requirement of having a breath interlock in any vehicle you drive, for at least a year, before you have another hearing to try to get back a full license. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford

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