SRS Dealing with forced AA, Minnesota laws suck, small towns suck.

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  1. sunkster

    sunkster corn on the cock

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    Not sure if this belongs here.

    How do you deal with forced AA?

    Anyone from Minnesota have to go through the 3rd offense DUI rules to get their license back? If so what was actually involved?

    I have heard if you miss one week out of your "weekly attendance in a generally recognized, ongoing abstinence-based support group" the clock resets when you come back basicly fucking you out of what you have put in.

    I am looking at somewhere between 90 days and 1 year of AA.

    I live in a remote area on a res so the one "local" AA meeting would be coworkers, neighbors and relatives not so anonymous .... Compounding the familiarity matter is my job in surveillance at the casino that contains the only bar for 35 miles so I see a portion of these people walk out of the room they use for AA and right into the bar as soon as the group "leader" leaves the property, hell its a fifty foot walk. Attending those meetings is pure hell or was back when I went.

    My other option is to find a ride to the next closest meeting and thats 35 miles away and the last time I tried that I got thumped with a bible, not lying here a comment was made to me about Atheist not being an A in AA.

    I have been sober over 5 years, after bad experiences in both treatment and AA I stuck it out alone and its working for me. I have no options for the most part its hypocrites on one hand or jesus in the other and lack of a DL will probably keep me in the local one.


    I'm scared as hell to go down this road, my method has been to distance myself from drinking out of sight out of mind, dont talk about it etc.. I'm not sure hanging with my "peers" will be easy and now I'm more concerned about relapse than I have been in years. I used to drink with these people and the majority of them still do. I got out of it by cutting myself off from them now I have to go back them.



    About me:

    I got my 3rd DUI over 6 years ago.
    I made it through all the court imposed treatment etc.. back then and I was still looking at a chunk of the 1 year no license bit when we moved into a city. In the city I had no need to drive and taxi/bus/wife/biked my way every where so I never bothered perusing my license at that time. Two years later we moved back into the middle of nowhere and went to atv/snowmobile/wife/bike set up for transportation, no need to go through the hassle of steep insurance reinstatement fees etc..


    Now the time has come where we are talking about moving out of state so I need to get this crap done once and for all so I pop an email to the Minnesota dmv and get this reply:
    I cant find anything relating to time needed in AA etc.. and they have yet to reply, also spent a few hours on the phone with people passing the buck and made a nice circle of numbers that ended when the last guy told me to call the first guy I called .
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  2. Colonel Panic

    Colonel Panic New Member

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    Since you mention that you made it through the court imposed treatment, it seems that all you need to do is take a test and pay the reinstatement fee.

    But why do you want a license from a state you are moving out of?
     
  3. sunkster

    sunkster corn on the cock

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    Minnesota laws etc.. I have 5 or 6 year old bit of paper stating treatment, wait a year, pay fee, drive, win .... but the laws changed. It now appears that AFTER you go through all the court imposed B.S. etc.. you get to jump through new and exciting hoops.

    I'm not sure how it works in other states but once you have lost your DL at least with MN you cant go get a new one in say wisconsin. My wifes brother did that then moved to cali, when he hit the DMV there they ran his info and it traced back to his no insurance ticket in MN and promptly voided his Wisconsin one and told him to gtfo. This trick worked back in the paper days but it appears to no longer be a option.


    Update: I got an email back ---

    Three months doesn't seem as bad as the one year I was quoted, still better than not missing one 7 day stretch for a year with my current group options. The "minimum" part is what gets you from what I hear they have the option of raising it as they please.
     
  4. Colonel Panic

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    I'm surprised that new laws would affect a 5 year prior.

    When I got a DUI in '94, I was able to get my license back without a reinstatement fee because of a quirky chain of events that went in my favor. Never would happen today.

    Good luck.
     
  5. sunkster

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    I am really hoping that if and when I find that slip of paper it will grandfather me in.
     
  6. Rolledsho

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    Call a freakin DUI lawyer and get this cleared up.

    You aint gonna get the right answer out of some deskbound bureacrat.

    You already said you made a bunch of calls and went in a circle.
     

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