The problem that you are not allowed by law to expunge a DUI. When you say "collateral attack" - you are really talking about wiping the conviction off of your record for purposes of it enhancing a new charge to a more serious crime/penalty. Your work at rehabilitation is COMMENDABLE - but without compelling facts that include actual innocence - there is not much hope.
If the car is uninsured it really muddles things up. I am not sure if you mean PL/PD coverage (the legal minimum) or no insurance at all. I am going to infer the former because your partner would have been charged with an uninsured vehicle.
There are a lot of things to watch for but obviously the primary wrongdoer is the actual driver. Your partner can bring him or her in on a claim. The problem is that the Plaintiff is going to claim that your partner allowed the main wrongdoer to drive....
You are in an unenviable position. You say "this will probably cost a Grand maybe more." On what do you base that claim? Are you an attorney? You run the risk of a lawyer who is not motivated to spend the extra time needed to prepare you and be prepared for a hearing - as you observed you have had 2 failed hearings already. If it were me - I would find a way to come up with the money to retain good counsel with whom I am comfortable.
Anyone can get arrested for almost anything. However, the key is whether your lawyer is willing to stand by you in court and help you assert your defense - whether that means a trial or successfully conviincing the prosecutor that you had nothing ot do with the crime being committed. Remember, under Michigan and Federal law, presence during the commission of a crime is not enough to make you a conspirator in the criminal act.
It is possible but only if you fall on the sword and are eligible to and successfully complete a "sobriety court." I realize that the number is probably high with respect to the breath alcohol or blood alcohol estimate - but that is all that it is -- an estimate. Why not take a hard look at what the government can prove before you start thinking about the worst case scenario? Once you are convicted of a dui it is a lifetime conviction. 2 convictions has you one arrest away from a felony charge....
You will face a serious risk of denial with respect to entry. Zero tolerance is still a drunk driving arrest. A drunk driving is considered "indictable" in Canada. That means a person with such a conviction will not be allowed in until 10 years have passed and you are considered "rehabilitated."
Because Mothers Against Drunk Driving is big business and that institutional belief sends a lot of people into counselling where insurance dollars are used to line the pockets of agencies closely aligned with and often funded by MADD