If you have lost your Michigan driver’s license due to multiple drunk driving convictions, getting it back is very difficult. If you have two or more OWIs in a seven-year period you must wait at least one year before petitioning the Secretary of State. If you have had three OWIs in a 10-year period, you must wait at least five years before petitioning to have your driver’s license reinstated. The process is quite tedious. If you make the slightest misstep, it could be fatal. In your petition you must include copies of all your driving records, your abstinence history, support group (AA) attendance, letters of community support (testimonial letters) attesting to your sobriety, substance abuse evaluation, and a 10-panel drug screen.
10 Panel Drug Screen
The Secretary of State (SOS) will not accept just any drug screen or drug test, it specifically must be a 10-panel drug screen with two integrity variables. Many substance abuse evaluators do seven-panel drug screens but this will not suffice. It is also crucial that the drug screen has the proper integrity variables or else the SOS will not accept it. It is important to retain an experienced Michigan driver’s license restoration attorney to not only navigate you through the cumbersome and extensive process, prepare you for and represent you at the hearing, but to make sure you get the proper 10-panel drug screen done at a licensed facility. A lawyer who is familiar with the driver’s license restoration process will be able to make recommendations as to which substance abuse evaluators and drug testing facilities you can use.
What is a 10 Panel Drug Screen?
A 10 panel drug screen is a test performed by a laboratory for the purpose of determining the amounts, if any, of any illicit or illegal substances in your body. It is usually done by a urinalysis. It’s 10 panels because it detects for 10 different types of drugs including: alcohol (ethanol), opiates, amphetamines, benzoylecgaine (cocaine), barbiturates, methadone, phencyclidine (PCP), benzodiazepines, marijuana (THC), propoxyphene. The results also include readings for the integrity variables creatinine, pH and specific gravity of the urine test.
Preparing for the Test
Creatinine is a breakdown of the product of creatine. It is removed completely from the body by the kidneys. Certain medications can effect the outcome of the drug screen and you may have to temporarily refrain from taking them. The most common are antibiotics (cefoxitin, trimethoprim), cimetidine, and cisplatin. However, never stop taking medications, even for a little while, without consulting your doctor. If you fear your medications may negatively impact your drug screen you can always have your doctor write a letter to the hearing officer explaining the situation.
The creatinine level determines if the urine sample has been diluted or otherwise altered. One should refrain from drinking an excess of water or coffee before the urinalysis because it can reduce the amount of creatinine and make the test appears suspicious to a hearing officer. Many people have unwittingly failed a drug screen because of drinking too much water beforehand.
Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Lawyer
Attempting to gain back your driving privileges without an experience attorney guiding you through the process is not a good idea. One wrong step and you will be denied. Not only does that mean you have to wait another year before re-applying, but your case is now harder because now you have to show why the reason you were denied the last time is no longer an issue on top of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that your drinking is under control, your drinking is likely to remain under control, and there are no other medical problems that would prevent you from driving safely. A lawyer with experience in representing clients before the Driver’s License Appeals and Assessment Division (DAAD) hearing officers will help you prepare for your hearing, properly fill out the petition and accompanying documents, as well as the 10 panel drug screen.
If you have lost your license due to multiple DUI convictions contact Austin Legal Services, PLC today at (517) 614-1983 to speak to a Michigan Driver’s License Appeals attorney to discuss your eligibility.
Representing clients at Secretary of State driver’s license restoration hearings throughout Michigan in the counties of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Gratiot, Shiawassee, Washtenaw, Livingston, Calhoun, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Barry, Kent, Genesee in the cities of Lansing, Howell, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ithaca, Cadillac, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Grand Rapids, Flint, Hastings.