Substance Abuse Evaluation


When seeking to have their driver's license restored, Michigan drivers must submit a substance abuse evaluation to the office of the Michigan Secretary of State. The substance abuse evaluation must meet certain specifications and must be completed before the driver requests a hearing with the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD).

If your driver's license has been suspended or revoked, the experienced Michigan attorneys of Grabel & Associates are ready to guide you through the substance abuse evaluation. We can help you find a well-respected evaluator with credibility in front of DAAD officers, help you fill out the necessary forms, ensure that the resulting evaluation includes all the components required by law, and advise you of your rights if the evaluation is not entirely positive, and seek a second opinion if necessary.

97% Success Rate, Free Consultation, And A Written Guarantee

The lawyers of Grabel & Associates have a 97% success rate in their efforts to get their clients' driving privileges reinstated. We offer a free initial consultation, accept all credit cards, and are accessible 24/7. Moreover, we provide our clients a written guarantee: If we don't succeed in getting their driver's license restored at the first hearing, we will represent them at no charge in any future hearings, until their driving privileges are restored. So we do our utmost to achieve success the first time around!

Don't Allow An Incomplete Evaluation Or An Unfavorable Prognosis Derail You

Because we have represented clients in hundreds of Michigan DAAD hearings, the attorneys at Grabel & Associates know what to do. We know, for example, that evaluation forms submitted to the DAAD must include:

  • the results of any testing or examination performed by the evaluator
  • a history of treatment and (if relevant) relapse
  • a record of any substance abuse charges and convictions
  • a record of any support group attendance
  • a diagnosis and favorable prognosis from the evaluator
  • a description of the client's current living and work environment, lifestyle changes since the suspension, and other relevant information about the client's present circumstances
  • a description of the support that the driver intends to use in maintaining sobriety.

If the evaluation you receive is not sufficiently positive, we will guide you through the process of seeking a second opinion. A lawyer is always available 24/7 to discuss your options of how to properly get a substance abuse evaluation that meets all the necessary requirements for drivers license reinstatement.

Additional Preparation For Your DAAD/DLAD Hearing

The substance abuse evaluation is a requirement for license restoration, but it is not the only one. Grabel & Associates attorneys also help clients obtain strong letters of reference and other necessary documentation, and thoroughly prepare them and other witnesses for their testimony at the DAAD hearing. For more details, please see "Preparing for Your DAAD/DLAD Hearing."

The experienced Michigan attorneys at Grabel & Associates serve clients throughout the state. For a free consultation, please contact an attorney by calling 1-800-677-9795 (toll free) or filling out and submitting our online "Contact Us" form.

Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.