By Attorney Daryl Wood
In Michigan, keeping your job is hard enough without having the additional handicap of your driver’s license being suspended or revoked. Having to depend on friends, family, co-workers or public transportation to get to work is not a recipe for promotion.
A driver’s license may be revoked for many reasons under Michigan law:
§ repeat drunk driving or substance abuse convictions
§ refusal of a breathalyzer test (automatic suspension)
§ points related suspensions or revocations (12 points within 2 years)
If your license has been revoked you must apply for the return of your license and you must jump through several “hoops” to have a chance for its restoration.
The majority of license restoration cases in Michigan involve an application and hearing through the Michigan Secretary of State, not through the courts. This means you are subject to all of Lansing’s “red tape” and complex regulations.
Unfortunately, many people whose licenses are revoked are not prepared to request a hearing when they become eligible to get it back, and they are therefore unsuccessful in restoring their license. Speaking with an experienced driver’s license attorney well before the eligibility date will ensure that you are doing everything necessary to assure the best chances of success at restoring your license.
Ideally, you want an attorney who will review all of your paperwork before submitting it to the Secretary of State, and who will conduct a practice interview to prepare you for your hearing to ensure you are properly prepared.
If you attempt the hearing on your own, there is a much greater likelihood of denial. If you are denied after your initial hearing, your appeal must usually be handled through the County Circuit Court for your county of residence.
When attempting an appeal on your own, you should know that any mistakes you make in the process will haunt you in every future hearing until you get your license fully restored. Most times, the mistakes made will cost you an additional year of eligibility before you can request a new hearing.
Only an experienced Michigan license restoration attorney can evaluate your situation and advise you as to the proper steps and restoration procedures that apply to your specific case.
When choosing an attorney to help you restore your driver’s license, you need someone who knows the process, knows the hearing officers, and understands your likelihood of success, before you walk into the hearing
You will find highly experienced Michigan license restoration attorneys at the Law Offices of Raymond A. Cassar, P.L.C. We have helped literally hundreds of Michigan residents get their licenses restored. We can help you. Visit www.crimlawattorney.com or www.drunkdrivingmichiganlawyer.com or call (248) 855-0911 or (313) 278-8811.