Michigan Drivers License Restoration Attorney
Having a valid driver’s license is vital for individuals to be functioning members of society. This is especially true in Michigan which historically has placed automobiles as the top form of transportation, with roadway planning in metro areas being heavily vehicle-centric with little public transit or pedestrian accommodations. If an individual cannot legally drive, they are effectively excluded from being able to do normal everyday activities such as going to work, shopping, having a social life, etc.
Losing a driver’s license can make an individual feel trapped, and can have serious lasting consequences. However there are options for those who find themselves in this situation. This involves an administrative process through which an individual can have their license reinstated. While this process has resulted in many individuals successfully getting their licenses back, it can be a complex and daunting task for a person to handle on their own.
Because of this, it is strongly recommended that individuals who are seeking to have their license reinstated work with an experienced criminal defense attorney specializing in license restoration. Our team of experienced DUI attorneys have decades of combined experience working with clients to restore their license and driving freedoms. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact our office today to see how we can help.
How an Attorney Can Help
Working with an attorney is critical for ensuring the successful navigation of the drivers license reinstatement process. There are several steps in this process, all of which need to be completed properly in order to ensure the best chances of a successful outcome. A skilled attorney can prepare an individual for this process by guiding them through each of these steps and work to create the best case possible to present before an appeals court.
This goes beyond simply ensuring documentation is set up correctly. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the driver’s license suspension, an attorney may advise individuals to voluntarily participate in programs such as alcohol rehabilitation to prove that they are making positive changes to their lives. This can set things off on the right foot before the official reinstatement process even starts.
Steps to Get Drivers License Back
As mentioned before, the process for getting a driver’s license suspension lifted and the license restored is complex. There are several stages this can go through, the first of which is filing a request for an Administrative Hearing with the Michigan Secretary of State Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD). Formally known as the Department of State Driver’s License and Appeal Division (DLAD), this hearing will give the individual the opportunity to present their best case in front of DAAD.
If they are denied, they can then file an appeal to that determination with the circuit court requesting a hearing with a circuit court judge as well as a representative from the Secretary of State in order to challenge DAADs determination. These appeals must be submitted in writing to the State of Michigan, along with multiple additional documents in order for the request to be processed.
The state is extraordinarily picky when it comes to paperwork and it is important to be aware that even the smallest error will likely result in a denial of an appeal. It also should be noted that some DAAD decisions cannot be appealed to the circuit court. For these reasons, it is vital to work with a drunk driving attorney experienced in the driver’s license reinstatement process who can advise on how to best navigate the process.