License Restoration: Your Full Driving Privileges Restored

Michigan Drivers License Restoration Lawyer

You’ve had your license revoked, you’ve successfully endured a year with the ignition interlock device (BAIID) on your vehicle, and now you are ready to have your full driving privileges restored.  It is important that this license appeal is prepared and submitted properly to ensure success the first time. 

A person who’s license was revoked due to multiple DUI’s, then gets a restricted license can petition the secretory of state for a full restoration only after you have successful completion of a year with the breath alcohol interlock device in the vehicle.  After that time frame has past, you will then be able to ask the Driver’s License Appeal Division for a hearing, where a hearing officer will determine whether you meet the specific criteria to have your driver’s license restored.

I already had a hearing to get my restricted license, is this hearing the same?

This hearing is almost identical to the hearing you had when you sought a restricted license.  The entire point of the hearing is to convince the hearing officer that the driver’s drinking and drug use habits have been eliminated thereby ensuring safe driving.  This is an extremely important step in the license restoration process because the burden is entirely on the driver to prove his or her case by clear and convincing evidence.

The first step is to complete another substance abuse evaluation (SAE). These evaluations must be current and expire after 90 days, which is why you will not be able to submit a previous one.  The driver will also need to turn in letters from people in the community that know something about the driver’s past and present drinking and drug use habits.  There are two new items that you will need to submit at this final hearing that you didn’t have to submit before.  The hearing officer will want a final report from the ignition interlock company to ensure compliance. At the hearing, the hearing officer will review all of the documents that have been submitted and will ask you many questions to make sure your verbal answers are the same as all of the responses in the SAE and letters.

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What happens if I’m denied full driving privileges at the hearing?

It is the responsibility of the driver to provide “clear and convincing” proof of sobriety and that any substance abuse problem will remain under control.  You are only entitled to one hearing per year, so if the hearing officer isn’t convinced your request will be denied and you must wait another full year before re-applying for your license.

It is for these reasons that you should take Driver’s License Restoration seriously.  It’s your life and your driving privileges that will be affected, and not hiring an experienced attorney could cause more harm than it’s worth.

Attorney Morris has enjoyed a very successful and distinguished career as a trial lawyer providing high quality legal representation in the area of state and federal criminal defense for 19 years. He is known for his trial preparation by fellow attorneys, judges and clients alike. As a trial attorney, he is dedicated to attaining justice in every case, and is prepared to take on complex legal issues with success. Barton and his law firm pride themselves on obtaining results for their clients that other attorneys cannot.

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Not only does Barton Morris have extensive experience, he also engages in continuing legal education to provide the highest quality legal services. Barton has received specialized scientific training through the American Chemical Society. He attended the prestigious Trial Lawyers College and serves on its Alumni Association Board of Directors. Barton Morris is also a board member of several distinguished legal associations including the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, and the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association Justice Foundation. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and has also graduated from their National Criminal Defense Trial College in Macon, Georgia.

Barton Morris was chosen as a Top Lawyer of Metro Detroit for 2012, 2013 & 2014 for DUI/DWI and criminal defense by DBusiness Magazine and Hour Magazine. Barton Morris was also chosen as a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense for 2014-2017 and Barton Morris is the only Lawyer in Michigan designated by the American Chemical Society as a “Forensic Lawyer-Scientist”

April 16th, 2014|