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How to Succeed in Michigan Driver’s License Restoration

December 10th, 2013 5:11 am

Think about an Experienced Driver’s License Attorney

With a confusing and difficult bureaucracy of the Driver’s License Appeal Division (DLAD) of MI Secretary of State, If a person is unfamiliar with the rules and regulations of DLAD, he/she might miss a deadline, fail to submit requisite forms, or submit incorrect information. Lawyers who specialize in MI DLAD cases are somewhat rare, and themselves must keep abreast of the constant changing of the rules and regulations. A license restoration lawyer can help you navigate the process, submit proper documents, and prepare you for the hearing.

Substance Abuse Evaluation (SAE)

Obtaining a SAE from a qualified therapist is the first, and perhaps most important, step of successful license restoration for habitual substance abuse offenders. This SAE will document your history with alcohol/narcotics, your treatment/counseling, your background and your current abstinence tools. You can find a therapist by looking online, in the phone book, or through your current treatment providers. If you retain an attorney, he/she should have a referral network as well. During the SAE, you will likely submit to a drug screen, as well as a standardized test. How you fare in terms of prognosis will go a long way towards your success at the DLAD hearing, and without question, a reputable evaluator helps your case even more.

Submit Solid Letters of Support

Petitioners must obtain between 3-6 character letters which attest to your sobriety. These letters should come from a cross-section of the community (i.e., friends, family, colleagues, treatment providers, etc.) and must address your length of abstinence, tools used for sobriety, and treatment efforts. Also, they must be signed, dated and notarized. The letters must be thorough and well-written, as they often take the place of live testimony and should “stand on their own” to DLAD. In short, you should gather a maximum number of support letters to bolster your testimony and help your chances of getting back a license.

Become, Stay and Document Your Sobriety

You will have zero chance of success at restoring your license unless you are 100% abstinent from alcohol and all controlled substances. Michigan requires a minimum abstinence period of at least 6 months, and often 12 months if there are “aggravating factors” such as a relapse history, high blood alcohol levels, etc. You cannot have an occasional beer or wine. You must commit totally and completely to your sobriety, and have tools in place to keep you sober. You must document your sobriety with people, and document your treatment efforts. If you’re involved in AA, get sign-in sheets. In short, you must be able to prove that you are sober and likely to remain so.

Prepare, prepare, prepare

The hearing at DLAD will be in front of an Administrative Judge, called a Hearing Officer, at a local Secretary of State Branch. These hearings are not easy. You will be placed under oath and questioned extensively by the Hearing Judge about your background, your current status and your sobriety. If you are not prepared, you will lose. A lawyer familiar and experienced in DLAD hearings will know exactly how these hearings, and should spend a lot of time preparing you for the hearing. How you dress, speak and address the hearing officer will affect the ultimate decision.

Scrutinize the Final Decision

If you prevail, you might only receive a restricted driver’s license enabling you to drive for educational/employment purposes only, and may be ordered to install an ignition interlock (breath tube). You may be required to submit proof of specific treatment at your next hearing, so pay attention to the Order. If you lose, may have to wait an additional year to try again. There are various appeal avenues available, ranging from a motion for reconsideration to a Circuit Court Appeal which may overturn DLAD’s decision.

5 Detroit Restaurants Vegetarians Should Try

September 20th, 2013 11:11 pm

Inn Season Cafe

One of metro Detroit’s most well-known veggie restaurants, Inn Season is slightly off the beaten path of downtown Royal Oak — but well worth the extra few steps. From classic soups and stir frys to inventive salads and pizzas, veggie burgers and daily specials, this restaurant promises “always fresh, always healthy, always in season.” In the summer, a kitchen garden takes over the small plot of property so the chef doesn’t have to leave to grab the freshest ingredients. There’s no liquor license, but it offers fresh juices and smoothies, and desserts you won’t even know are guiltless. Location: 500 E. Fourth St Royal Oak, Michigan 48067.

Seva

Located between the campus of the University of Michigan and downtown Ann Arbor, Seva Restaurant has been Ann Arbor’s stop for great vegetarian cuisine since 1973. They offer a completely vegetarian, award-winning menu, as well as a full bar and a fresh juice bar. The meals are so flavorful and well-prepared that even the most die-hard meat eater could become a convert. Location: 314 East Liberty St Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104.

Sze-Chuan Restaurant

People come from all over town to dine at this exceptional Chinese restaurant. Sze-Chuan offers a complete menu of classic tasty and spicy dishes, with plenty to choose from for vegetarians. The ginger garlic eggplant and moo shu vegetables are delicious. All meals can be ordered as spicy or as mild as you like. Location: 45188 Ford Rd Canton, Michigan 48187-2910.

Sheesh Mediterranean Cuisine

Tucked away in a small strip mall at the corner of Five Mile and Newburgh, Sheesh features the finest in Middle Eastern cuisine. Exceptional vegetarian choices include wonderful vegetarian grape leaves, falafel, and warm and hearty crushed lentil soup. The salads are enormous and can be easily shared. Try their rice almond salad. It’s a fresh Mediterranean salad with a large portion of homemade almond rice. Location: 37240 5 Mile Rd Livonia, Michigan 48154-1848.

Rebecca’s Restaurant

Rebecca’s is not a vegetarian restaurant, but still offers a wonderful array of choices to satisfy any appetite. This is a classic small town eatery with all the homemade touches you could hope for. The veggie quesadilla is the best in town, and their fresh vegetarian burger is a winner. Other vegetarian choices include great salads, soups, sandwiches and breakfast items. Location: 134 North Center St Northville, Michigan 48167-1414.