The 10 Panel Drug Screen

At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan driver's license restoration attorneys understand that the process of having your license restored is one that is complex, and that Michigan Secretary of State hearing examiners are looking for any reason to deny restoring your driving privilege. This is why it is essential that you choose a lawyer who is experienced and knowledgeable in this process, who will work vigorously to ensure that every "t" is crossed and every "i" dotted, so that you have the best chance of having your driver's license restored.

There are many things required in the process, one of them being a 10 panel drug screen. Other evidentiary requirements include:

  • Substance abuse evaluation
  • Evidence that you have attended a support group
  • Sobriety documentation via letters written by family and friends
  • Additional evidence mandated from a previous hearing

Unfortunately, many attorneys take the client's word that they have taken a 10 panel drug screen, when in fact they have not. This will ruin any chance of having your license restored, which is why you must have a Michigan attorney who will make certain that no detail is missed, and that every requirement has been met.

What is a 10 Panel Drug Screen?

This is a test usually performed by a laboratory for the purpose of measuring any illicit or illegal substance in the body, usually through the testing of urine. Some of the drugs that may be detected in the urine include amphetamine, cocaine, barbiturates, methadone, methamphetamine, PCP, benzodiazepines and marijuana. The 10 panel drug screen is also capable of measuring pH level and other characteristics of urine; this can reveal if an individual has attempted to cheat on the test by altering urine.

Once urine has been tested, the 10 panel drug screen will be read by the laboratory that performed the test. These laboratories are capable of detecting any illegal drugs or substances in the urine, and the exact concentration of any specific drug as well. Additionally, the original copy of the laboratory result will include such variables as creatinine levels, which can reveal whether a urine sample has been diluted or otherwise altered.

This test is a portion of the process of collecting convincing evidence which will provide proof to the hearing examiner that an individual is not using illegal drugs or consuming alcohol.

It is essential that you obtain the services of a Michigan driver's license restoration lawyer who understands that a 10 panel drug screen is essential. There are evaluators who perform 7 panel screens, but this will not fly with hearing examiners.

Why It's Important to Consult with a Skilled Attorney

Attempting to have your driver's license reinstated without benefit of a lawyer is not a good idea. Many individuals have a difficult time completing all of the requirements, which means their chances of having their licenses restored is zero. Even when an individual has completed all of the evidentiary requirements, there is no guarantee that hearing examiners will restore your driving privilege.

There are issues that may arise during the hearing which further the need for a qualified attorney. For example, your driver's license may have been revoked or suspended due to repeated drunk driving offenses. You may abstain from alcohol prior to the 10 panel drug screen, however even though your license was revoked for reasons related to alcohol, the Secretary of State will NOT restore your license if illegal drugs are detected in your urine. To the hearing examiners, substance abuse includes alcohol and illicit drugs; they make no distinction, so your 10 panel drug screen must be negative in all respects.

Contact Our Office Immediately

If your driver's license has been revoked and you wish to have your driving privilege restored, it is imperative that you obtain the support and guidance of a skilled Michigan driver's license restoration lawyer who will work to ensure that all bases are covered, and that you have the best possible chance of proving to the Secretary of State that you deserve another chance.

At Grabel & Associates, we have a proven track record across the state for helping our clients have their driving rights restored; we provide unmatched legal guidance across all 83 counties for clients with driver's license issues. Contact us 24/7 at 1-800-677-9795, or fill out and submit our "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.