Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Lawyers
MICHIGAN DRIVER’S LICENSE RESTORATION
If your Michigan driver’s license is taken away, so is your personal freedom. We understand how hard it is to deal with this blow, and the urgency with which you need your license back. That’s why our experienced Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyers are here to help win your license reinstatement case.
Even if your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked due to an accumulation of driver’s license points or criminal charges—such as multiple drunk driving convictions—there is still hope. An experienced driver’s license restoration lawyer from the Friedman Law Firm can walk you through every step of the process to reinstate your Michigan driver’s license.
We Can Still Work on Your License Restoration Case While the Courts Are Closed Due to COVID-19
We can represent anyone anywhere throughout the state of Michigan. We simply need to request a hearing via video conference—an easy process for everyone involved.
Although some Michigan courts are not fully operational right now, we can still file a petition to appeal a judgment and request a hearing to have your Michigan driver’s license reinstated. If a court is closed, then we can mail in the request so it is filed the moment the court opens.
It takes approximately three months to get a Michigan driver’s license restoration hearing date, so let us start the process as soon as possible. If you are eligible now or anytime within the next three months, then we can begin working on the matter even if the courts are closed.
Our Michigan Driver’s License Lawyers Can Help
Convictions for reckless driving, operating while under the influence, or charges for substance abuse can lead to a revoked Michigan driver’s license. Once your license is revoked, it’s up to you to prove that you are once again able to drive safely and in accordance with Michigan laws.
According to Michigan vehicle code law 257.323, you can petition to appeal the judgment and request a driver’s license reinstatement. However, requesting a Michigan driver’s license reinstatement can be daunting and confusing for an individual unfamiliar with the process.
Your appeal must be submitted to the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) of the Michigan Secretary of State. The process for license reinstatement involves collecting and submitting several documents, many of which must be filed within specific timelines. If you do not submit the required documents on time, your petition of appeal will most likely fail. If your appeal is denied, then you will need to wait a full year before you can launch a new appeal. This is not what you want to happen and neither do we.
Luckily, you don’t have to do this on our own. Our experienced Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyers can guide you through the entire process. We’ll assist you in filing your request for your Michigan driver’s license reinstatement. We’ll work with you to make sure that all relevant documents are prepared and submitted in a timely manner to give you the best chance at getting your license back.
Don’t make the mistake of trying to do this yourself, or even of letting an inexperienced lawyer handle your situation. It’s not worth the risk of having your appeal refused. Instead, hire a skilled Michigan driver’s license reinstatement lawyer from the get-go.
Requesting a Driver’s License Reinstatement Hearing
To get a Michigan driver’s license reinstatement hearing, you must file your request with the Michigan Secretary of State’s Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD). While this may appear to be the first step in restoring your Michigan Driver’s License, don’t be fooled: putting together correct and thorough paperwork is a huge, multipart task, and it’s critical to your success. Experienced driver’s license restoration lawyers from Friedman Law Firm can get this done right, setting you up for the best chance of winning reinstatement.
Here are some of the key documents you’ll need at a Michigan driver’s license reinstatement hearing:
- Current substance abuse evaluation (dated within three months of appeal submission date)
- 10-panel drug screen
- Three to six community support letters
- Proof of attendance at support meetings
- Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) report from your vendor (required only when seeking full restoration of your driver’s license)
What Constitutes a “Current Substance Abuse Evaluation”?
A substance abuse evaluation is a report prepared by a qualified professional that details if and to what extent a person may have a drug or alcohol problem. A current report must be dated within three months of the date we submit your appeal and it must include aspects such as:
- A statement of testing instruments used (i.e., MAST test, SASSI test, Addiction Severity Index
- Test results
- Complete treatment and support group history
- Diagnoses, prognoses, relapse histories (including relapses that predate the start of the most recent treatment program)
- Descriptions of any life changes (including work environment and relevant lifestyle changes)
- Description of the support you intend to use to maintain sobriety.
We can recommend several different therapists who understand this process and the requirements of the Secretary of State. At Friedman Law Firm, our Michigan driver’s license reinstatement lawyers can provide more information or answer any questions you may have.
What Is Needed for Community Support Letters?
Our Michigan driver’s license reinstatement team at Friedman Law Firm can assist you with obtaining community support letters. These are testimonial letters from community members who know you well. They serve as “community proofs” and vouch that you abstain from alcohol and/or illegal drugs. They also state confidence in your rehabilitation as well as your ability to soberly drive and operate a vehicle.
These letters can be from family members, friends, co-workers, sobriety sponsors, or respected community members. We will help ensure that the proper points are being presented in these letters, such as discussing your history and/or habits as pertaining to drinking and/or use of drugs, both past and present. These letters must be notarized. Our Michigan driver’s license reinstatement attorneys can help you with this and every step of the process to getting your Michigan driver’s license reinstated.
Appeal Process for Reinstatement of a Revoked Michigan Driver’s License
Our capable Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyers will start by submitting a request for a hearing through the Driver’s License Appeal Division (DAAD) of the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS). If you lost your license because of drug offenses, you cannot get your license back without attending a hearing and providing satisfactory evidence that you are remaining sober.
We can guide you in collecting the necessary documents to present in your hearing. Documents like these are absolutely critical to arguing your case:
- Details of programs you have successfully completed
- Statements from reputable character witnesses
- Inpatient treatment you have received to address your alcohol or drug abuse
If the revocation of your license is not related to alcohol or drug abuse, then our skilled attorneys will prepare a strong case for reinstating your Michigan driver’s license. To assist in preparing the case, we may request:
- Documentation of driving classes
- Letters of support from your employer
- Statements from other credible members of the community
The DAAD will provide guidelines on the process, information and specific documents you’ll need, and what is expected of you during your hearing. Our accomplished attorneys will help you understand the process. We’ll explain what questions to expect during the hearing to help you feel prepared and at ease. Then, we’ll make sure the information presented at your hearing is clear and concise, supporting your competency as a driver and your commitment to lawful behavior.
Preparing for a Michigan Driver’s License Reinstatement Hearing
Once you are eligible for a driver’s license reinstatement hearing, it is vitally important to provide sufficient proof that you are no longer a danger on the road—especially if you lost your driver’s license due to driving under the influence.
The skilled driver’s license restoration attorneys at Friedman Law Firm have learned from experience that each hearing officer is different, approaching each reinstatement hearing in his or her own way. While one officer may see a piece of information or evidence as important, another may see it as having little to no significance. Our familiarity with local courts and hearing officers always works to our clients’ advantage.
Michigan driver’s license reinstatement hearings are won or lost during questioning. While many questions may seem straightforward, the hearing officer is really probing for information that will determine whether you are fit to operate a motor vehicle. As your legal counsel, we’ll assist you in preparing well-thought-out answers that establish your credibility and commitment to change.
With years of experience representing Michigan drivers in driver’s license reinstatement hearings, we are well versed in the types of questions the hearing officer will ask you. By practicing your testimony with your attorney, you’ll build confidence and be ready for your hearing.
Reinstating Your Driver’s License
For driver’s license reinstatement cases, it’s crucial to prove that you can now be trusted as a safe driver. You must provide clear and convincing evidence that any and all substance abuse issues have been resolved. The DAAD officer assigned to review your file will be looking to identify reasons to deny reinstatement. If you are denied, you will not be able to reapply for another hearing for at least one year.
Those who try to navigate the appeal process on their own often end up wishing that they had hired qualified legal counsel from the start. Our skilled driver’s license reinstatement lawyers will guide the process of collecting relevant documentation and testimony, and use their experience to represent you in court, so you can get back in the driver’s seat.
Experience Gives Us a Winning Edge in Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Cases
The consequences of losing your Michigan driver’s license are life-changing. Your very livelihood could be at stake, not to mention your lifestyle and freedom. Too much is at risk for you to allow just any lawyer to handle your case or, worse, try to do it yourself. You want your Michigan driver’s license reinstatement case handled professionally and thoroughly from the start. Our team of lawyers at the Friedman Law Firm has the experience and knowledge to help resolve your case and get your Michigan driver’s license reinstated. We are your Michigan driver’s license reinstatement lawyers of choice.
Nothing but the Best Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Lawyers
With driver’s license attorneys from Friedman Law Firm, you will always receive our full attention, our hardest work, and our complete dedication to your case. Our seasoned license reinstatement attorneys are thorough professionals who know the law and know how to make it work for you. With each step in your case, our team will put to use decades of legal experience in representing clients regarding Michigan driver’s license issues.
All too often, laws that govern driver’s license issues are misunderstood or overlooked by novice or overworked attorneys. However, our team works with driver’s license reinstatement laws day in and day out. Not only do we take pride in that depth of knowledge, but we’ve learned from past cases what is effective and what is not. You will benefit from every ounce of our know-how as we work to ensure your final outcome is the best outcome possible. When you need a Michigan driver’s license reinstatement attorney, refuse to choose less than the best.
Schedule a No-Cost Consultation
A revoked driver’s license is a serious matter. Contact Friedman Law Firm today for help from our experienced Michigan driver’s license reinstatement lawyers. We have the expertise to navigate the complicated application and driver’s license reinstatement hearing process. With our guidance and representation, you will have all the tools you need to successfully fight your case.
Restoring Your Michigan Driver’s License
This fact cannot be overstressed: Individuals who do not retain qualified legal counsel to manage their Michigan driver’s license restoration cases face much more severe and life-alternating consequences. Our experienced attorneys at the Friedman Law Firm not only understand how to make a difference, we also understand why you may hesitate to even retain an attorney for a driver’s license reinstatement case. After all, aren’t the laws pertaining to violations and driving privileges simple and straightforward?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. We have worked with a number of clients who believed their case to be so small and straightforward that a professional lawyer was simply not needed. We’ve worked with even more individuals who knew they needed a professional attorney, but assumed the costs would be too high. Seasoned lawyers at the Friedman Law Firm understand your concerns. And we have handled and witnessed enough Michigan driver’s license reinstatement cases that we can tell you unequivocally, you do need professional legal counsel on your side, and we’re happy to help.
Our Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Lawyers Can Help
Call 248-932-0900 today – or use our contact form – to learn what Friedman Law Firm attorneys can do to help reinstate your Michigan driver’s license and regain your independence. We will be glad to explain our services, and talk about potential costs, proven benefits, and vital next steps with your case.