Secretary of State Formal Administrative Hearing Level III – Dependent Risk In the Matter of the Revocation of the Driver’s License and Driving Privileges of B.L.
Our client came to us after receiving three DUI's over the span of more than a decade and having major problems with his driver's license as it was revoked in the state of Illinois. Despite the fact that our client was classified as a Level III Dependent Risk, he had also gone to formal administrative hearings with other attorneys who failed to obtain clearance or a restricted permit for our client. We worked for several months. Another interesting factor with this client was that he did not believe in AA and wanted to go to an alternative route of completing his dependent treatment. He did complete the dependent treatment and after taking several months to go through the process of how his alternative support/recovery program worked, we were able to proceed to the Hearing.
Our client testified credibly as to his treatment and to the fact that he had not consumed alcohol, that his medications were under control and would not affect his driving and also indicated that he taught several classes and met several times weekly in his group sessions and on line, as well as in small sessions at his behavioral group therapy location. The Secretary of State found that our client had successfully controlled his drinking due to the fact that he is abstaining and found that the proof of his treatment and favorable prognosis from his treatment provider was credible. I think the Secretary of State found important the fact that he was so actively involved with his alternative support recovery program and found it easy to believe his testimony when our client provided written proof, several times over, from several people indicating to his abstinence over the past several years. After that, the Secretary of State found that our client did carry his burden of proving that he would be a safe and responsible driver and that his problem with drinking had been resolved and therefore granted him a restricted driving permit with a BAIID (breath alcohol ignition interlock device) in the state of Illinois.