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Can Recovery Groups Like AA Help Me Reinstate My Driver’s License After a DUI?

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

McHenry County license reinstatement lawyerDrunk driving leads to thousands of accidents each year. In an effort to reduce the incidence of drunk driving accidents, Illinois has instituted strict penalties for those who drive while intoxicated. One such penalty is the loss of driving privileges.

If your driver’s license was suspended or revoked due to a DUI offense, you may be eager to get your license back and get back on the road legally. Read on to learn about how alcohol addiction recovery groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) may help you reinstate your driver’s license.

License Reinstatement Hearings in Illinois

To get your license back after it was revoked, you will need to a attend a hearing with a hearing officer and/or Secretary of State (SOS) representative. Formal hearings are, as the name suggests, much more formal in nature. Informal hearings are more casual. However, the purpose of these meetings is the same: The hearing officer and SOS representative are evaluating you to determine if you should get your license back. You will need to prove to them that you are not a threat to the public and that you will not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Participation in support groups like AA is a great way to demonstrate that you are serious about avoiding drunk driving in the future. In some cases, participation in a group like this is required.

Support Groups for Alcohol-Dependent Individuals

DUI offenders are asked to undergo an evaluation to determine whether they have an alcohol or drug dependency. The results of the evaluation largely determine the steps you will need to take to qualify for license reinstatement. Some people are required to complete ten hours of DUI Risk Education classes. Others may need to attend an early intervention program or substance abuse treatment. Those classified as “high-risk” will also need to show that they have established an ongoing support network to aid them in recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is one of the most popular support groups for people who want to quit drinking. However, there are other options as well. Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery is a secular self-help support group that focuses on positive coping strategies and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. There are also groups that are specific to certain demographics, like Women for Sobriety (WFS).

Contact an Algonquin Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer

If you want to get your license back after a DUI, contact a Crystal Lake DUI defense attorney from Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers for assistance. Call our office at 779-800-2250 for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you.

 

Sources:

https://www.ilsos.gov/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_dc88.pdf

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/therapy-treatment/12-step-alternatives

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