I moved to Michigan from Illinois, incurred DUIs in the state of Illinois. Illinois reported the DUI to Michigan and Michigan took action on my driver license. The issue here, Illinois also took action on my previous Illinois driver licenses. Now I need to have to address the same actions my driver license in Illinois and Michigan. I now reside in Georgia since the late 1999 and can't get either cleared.
You will most likely need to hire attorneys in Michigan and Illinois to get these issues resolved. Until you have reinstated your license in these states Georgia is not going to let you get a license here, or if you were able to get a Georgia license you will have problems renewing it.
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It will likely take time, money, counseling, and classes and patience to get your license cleared up. And if you have a life-time suspension for numerous DUI's in a certain state, then you may need to find a state that is not part of the compact that the first state belongs to.
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The MI and GA lawyers are incorrect. If you have 4 DUI convictions, in Illinois or any other state, regardless of how long ago, regardless if any were expunged, Illinois will not give you a hearing so you can lift the hold. Without that hearing and hold release, it's highly unlikely those states will license you.
You will need a clearance from Michigan as well as Illinois. As hard as it is to do so in MI, I hear IL is harder.
In Michigan, they won't give you a clearance unless you can prove total sobriety for 5 to 10 years. They don't count the years you were in prison, or on probation. You should still be in AA or start. Sometimes you have to lose, in order to win the next time. It is a very hard process, letters in support of sobriety, an alcohol and drug assessment, long petitioner's affidavit, 10 panel urine test. You must admit to any other alcohol offense on your driving record, even an old MIP which could have been discharged after probation.
You really need a Michigan lawyer and an Illinois lawyer. It will be expensive. If you can't prove total sobriety for at least 5 years, your chances are not good. You can't even admit you go to bars, parties where alcohol is served. They want to hear that you now do activities for stress relief and recreation that are physical, hobbies that are interesting and more.
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