Michigan Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer
MICHIGAN DRIVER’S LICENSE REINSTATEMENT ATTORNEY
A Michigan driver’s license may be revoked when it is determined that the driver does not possess the physical, mental or other qualifications required to safely operate a motor vehicle. However, even if the driver’s license has been suspended or revoked due an accumulation of driver’s license points or criminal charges such as multiple drunk driving convictions, there is still hope.
By following the Michigan vehicle code law 257.323, you may file a petition to appeal the judgment. However, handling and navigating the appeal procedure can be daunting and confusing. Understanding where, when, and how to appeal is critical to success; navigating through a myriad of time-sensitive documentation requirements can be stressful and confusing without the assistance of an attorney experienced in the realm of license restoration. Also, if you are refused your appeal, you must wait a full year before you can file an appeal again. Don’t make the mistake of trying to do this yourself, or even letting an inexperienced lawyer handle your situation.
Requesting a Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Hearing
To obtain a hearing, you must file your request with the Michigan Secretary of State’s Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DADD). 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, multi-part task, and is critical to any success. Expert help from Friedman Law can ensure you set yourself up for the best chances of success. In briefest terms, the documents that may be needed to request a hearing are:
- a current substance abuse evaluation (dated within three months of appeal submission date)
- three to six community support letters
- proof of attendance at support meetings
- a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device report from your BAIID vendor
Having a lawyer experienced in License Restoration will help you address these four components.
What Constitutes a “Current Substance Abuse Evaluation”?
In order to reach this step, you will have had to conclude a substance abuse evaluation. This entails a report prepared by a qualified professional. Aspects that must be covered in this report include a statement of the testing instruments used, any test results, and a complete treatment and support group history. Any diagnoses, prognoses, and relapse histories, including any relapses that predate the start of the most recent treatment program, should also be included. There should also be a description of any changes to your life, including work environment, relevant lifestyle changes, and a description of the support you intend to use to maintain sobriety.
Examples of testing instruments that are commonly accepted are the MAST test, the SASSI test, and the Addiction Severity Index, although there may be others. Testing instruments are written tests used by therapists to determine if and to what extent a person may have a drug or alcohol problem.
What is Needed for Community Support Letters?
Our team at Friedman Law Firm can assist you with obtaining community support letters. These may be requested at the hearing itself. Community support letters are testimonial letters from community members that know you well. These letters will serve as “community proofs” that vouch that you have abstained from alcohol and/or illegal drugs, and that they have confidence in your rehabilitation as well as 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.
Restoring Your Michigan Driver’s License
For driver’s license restoration cases, proving that the person in question can now be trusted as a safe driver is crucial to success. Clear and convincing evidence that any and all substance abuse issues have been resolved must be provided. The DAAD officer assigned to review your file will be looking to identify reasons to deny restoration. 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 themselves often end up wishing that they had hired qualified legal counsel from the start. The Friedman Law Firm 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.
We Can Help With Your Michigan Driver’s License Reinstatement Situation
Call 248-932-0900 today – or use our contact form – to learn what the Friedman Law Firm can do to help you regain your independence and reinstate your Michigan driver’s license.