I am Ryan Glanville. I handle driver's license restoration cases for our firm. One of the most important rights a citizen has in a modern society is the right to drive. Unless you live in a big city with good public transportation, it is hard to earn a living without a license. The Secretary of State is taking away more driver licenses now than ever before. Many people lose their licenses due to multiple drinking and driving offenses, refusal of breathalyzer tests, too many points, physical or mental disabilities, or simply neglecting to pay a ticket.
The good news is that the Secretary of State is also returning more licenses than ever before. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing the relief on my client's face when they get their license back.
If your license has been suspended due to multiple drunk driving convictions, you will not get your license back until you can prove to the Secretary of State that you no longer drink. The Secretary of State does not give licenses back to people who are occasional or social drinkers. They demand absolute sobriety. I strongly encourage people to attend support groups like AA or NA and keep documentation of attendance. You will also need to provide the Secretary of State with letters from friends, family members, and co-workers that testify to your sobriety. Finally, you will need an alcohol evaluation performed by a certified alcohol counselor to file with your petition. It is crucial to have an attorney review evaluations and your supporting letters of sobriety before sending your petition to the Secretary of State. At a minimum, the letters and evaluation need to address the length of your sobriety and prognosis for continued sobriety. After I send the letters and alcohol evaluation, I help get you ready for questions related to your prior drug and/or alcohol use, prior relapses, and prescription drugs that are typically asked at your hearing by the Secretary of State Administrative Judges. It is your burden to prove that you are now safe to get behind the wheel. In many cases, you are only entitled to one hearing per year, so it is important to put on the best case possible.