Michigan Driver License Restoration Attorney
How bad is it to live in the state of Michigan without a VALID driver’s license? It’s very bad. Public transportation in the tri-county area alone is difficult and cumbersome for many people. Getting around to do even basic, everyday things becomes complicated and unfortunate – especially when it comes to trying to earn a living as well as the stigma that comes from not being able to drive. Driving is a privilege, not a right, and people that have lost their licenses well understand and appreciate the value of being free to move around. Are you tired of asking everyone and anyone for rides? Walking and riding a bicycle is great for outdoor activity and exercise but is a serious problem if they are your actual means of getting around.
The State of Michigan imposes licensing sanctions on those who have driving convictions, especially drunk driving. If you have two convictions within seven years or three within ten years, then the state can and will revoke your driver’s license. It’s gone and you will be stuck with the nonsense mentioned above. In order to get it back, you will want an attorney who knows how to handle appeals hearings. It is unwise to attend a license restoration hearing alone.
The initials above refer to the branch of the Michigan Secretary of State known as the:
- Administrative Hearing Section (AHS)
- Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD)
- Driver’s License Appeal Division (DLAD)
Though these titles are different and the names have changed recently, the AHS / DAAD are comprised of several Administrative Law Judges who decide on petitioners’ claims of appeal to have their Michigan drivers’ licenses restored. Please understand, that this is not an easy process to go through. The State of Michigan assumes / presumes that you are NOT getting your license back. The burden of proof is on you to demonstrate to them that after a history of civil infractions and criminal convictions that you are safe to be allowed once again to drive on Michigan’s roads, that you are considered low-risk of having any future problems driving, and most importantly, that any drug or alcohol problems (most often the cause of these convictions) have been addressed and that sobriety and recovery issues are taken seriously.
In fact, one of the biggest considerations at DAAD / AHS hearings is proving with clear and convincing evidence to the hearing officer that drinking and substance abuse problems are and likely to remain under control – that your sobriety is real and that you are not going to drink again – ever. Lots of people claim it. Few actually achieve it. We will have to have an extended and candid conversation with you before we begin your license restoration process in terms of what you are willing to do to be successful at your hearing as well as making good and healthy lifestyle choices long into the future. After all, you want to drive again – let us help you get there.
Alcohol and Drug Related Driving Offenses Are On My Conviction Record – What About Probation or Parole?
So you are eligible to request an administrative hearing. First, please be aware that you should be off of parole or probation. And likely for some time. While it is possible that you can be granted a license while on probation, odds are you will be denied by your hearing officer. Administrative hearing officers consider being on parole or probation a mandatory and therefore, an involuntary period of sobriety. Regardless of the length of time of your probation (oftentimes anywhere from 6 months to over two years for driving offenses, depending upon how many prior convictions you have) the courts most likely will impose random testing requirements and treatment programming for alcohol and drug related driving convictions. Therefore, you are expected to be and remain ‘sober’ for the court’s purposes during this period of time, otherwise, you’ll be in violation of your terms of probation. The hearing officers have a legitimate and grounded interest in knowing and believing that driver’s license petitioners are and have been well on their way toward authentic and lifelong sobriety as opposed to doing what is necessary to get through the process. Especially for habitual offenders. Long-term and voluntary sobriety is one of the ideals questioned about and sought after at these hearings.
What Materials Do I Need To Get Together To Request A Hearing?
There are certain documents that you must have prepared in a timely matter in order to request a hearing. Please note, that most of the documents are time-sensitive. They only have so long of a shelf-life before they are no longer valid, thus making you go back and have them redone – a waste of both your time and money, and adding further and unnecessary delay to our goal – getting your hearing scheduled. There are different types of administrative hearings depending upon where you are in the process (are you revoked, restricted, or in violation?). Here is a list of the primary materials that you will need to have completed and ready assuming you were seeking a restricted driver’s license, the first step in the process:
- Substance Abuse Evaluation (SAE)
- 10 Panel Drug Screen
- Affidavit Of Substance Abuse And Treatment / Recovery Programming
- Four (4) Character Reference Letters – Testimonial In Support Of Recovery
- Request For An Administrative Review Form
- SASSI – Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory
In preparing for your hearing, our staff of experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will work with you in understanding the specifics of these documents and why they are of such critical importance to having a successful outcome. Let us work with you to prove that you are a good, safe driver and intend to be so indefinitely into the future. Give yourself an opportunity to have the BEST POSSIBLE CHANCE OF SUCCESS THE FIRST TIME YOU GO THROUGH IT! To go through this process alone or with an inexperienced attorney, you run the risk of being denied. Every time you are denied, not only do you have to wait another year to reapply for a hearing, but you now have to reconcile past denials with your current petition. How difficult is it to answer the question that begs to be asked: “Why is this time any different?” Call the Law Office of Barton Morris at (248) 541-2600 and let us help you get safely back on the road.
The Law Office of Barton W. Morris, Jr. Has Tried And Successfully Restored Several Drivers’ Licenses For His Clients.
Attorney Barton Morris and his staff have represented numerous license restoration clients to great success. Whether you are going for a restricted license, a fully restored license, or have a violation hearing, Mr. Morris can help customize a plan that is particular to your situation and create a strategy that best helps you have a good administrative hearing experience with a positive result as the end goal.
An attorney that knows what the restoration process entails and who understands the difficult burden of proof that you must overcome in order to be granted a license is worth your time and investment. Having your driver’s license is one of the best assets and freedoms in life that you can have. Why take a chance in delaying getting it back, if at all? In almost all cases the facts and circumstances regarding your petition are rather particular and unique in nature, so you will want the very best license restoration lawyer available. The Law Office of Barton W. Morris, Jr, is available 24/7 to discuss the facts of your case and provide you with specialized, comprehensive representation from the beginning of your case to its conclusion. Contact his office today at (248) 541-2600 to begin working on your federal criminal matter.