Secretary of State Informal Administrative Hearing Level II – Significant Risk In the Matter of the Revocation of the Driver’s License and Driving Privileges of A.M.
Our client came to us after receiving two DUI's over the course of two and one-half years, the first DUI registering a BAC of 0.15 and the second one registering a 0.17. Our office also represented him on a driving while revoked charge in Cook County, Illinois. On the criminal case, our client served zero days in jail and got Court supervision on his driving while revoked case, which allowed him to go to an informal hearing through the Secretary of State. At the time, our client testified as to his drinking pattern prior to the arrests, as well as his lack of use since the last arrest on his DUI. Our client indicated that he had symptoms of hangovers and increased tolerance, but no alcohol-related blackouts, no loss of control, no binge use, no withdrawal symptoms when he stopped drinking and no significant other concerns or complaints relative to his drinking. He also had no history of drug abuse at all.
After proceeding to the hearing, our client testified of the treatment that he attended and indicated to the Secretary of State that he no longer associated with his old drinking friends and that he has stopped going to bars. He made that decision by choice. He was not dependent on alcohol at all and he realized that his relationship with alcohol was negative. In addition, the second arrest almost cost him his job, and he knew that he was abusing alcohol.
After the hearing, the Secretary of State found that out client would be a safe and responsible driver in the state of Illinois due to the fact that he is abstaining alcohol and the fact that he had complied with his treatment and given a very favorable prognosis. The Secretary of State reinstated his license after an informal hearing.