If you have lost your driving privileges in Michigan due to multiple alcohol or drug related driving convictions, you need an attorney more than ever. The Law Offices of Barton Morris has experienced drivers license reinstatement lawyers, who have handled hundreds of license restoration hearings with a 98% success rate.
However, just in case you are thinking about tackling your hearing alone, below are five reasons why you should rethink your decision and hire an experienced attorney to reinstate your Michigan driver’s license:
1. The Law on Driver’s License Restoration is Complicated
Hearings with the Michigan Department of State Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight (MI Office of Hearing and Admin) within the Michigan Secretary of State are governed by complex administrative rules and procedures.
One misstep, such as going to your hearing and without knowing the applicable standard of proof, could result in the continued loss of your driving privileges for an additional year. We know you don’t have the time to lose, as restoring your driver’s license is vastly important for your career, family and personal success.
2. Not Having a Drivers License Reinstatement Attorney May Cost You More
Attempting to handle your driver license restoration hearing without a Michigan driver’s license reinstatement lawyer will most likely result in a denial. The hearing officers know the applicable rules and laws inside and out, and will use your lack of representation against you.
The expense and hassle of having to wait yet another year before reapplying for Michigan license reinstatement is just not worth it.
3. Filing the Wrong Document or Following the Wrong Procedure Could Ruin Your Chance of Restoring Your Driver’s License
Before requesting a hearing, you will need to file a petition, along with numerous documents such as Michigan’s reinstatement letters (i.e. character reference letters, letters of character for licensing, etc.). One misstep in the filing process, or with any of the necessary documents, will result in an automatic denial without the need for a hearing.
Then, you must wait one (1) full year before requesting a hearing to restore your driver license. Our staff and attorneys will assist with the preparation of all of your paperwork, such as the substance abuse evaluation, and securing your letter writers.
4. A Lawyer Can Present Your Strongest Case
It is very important that you are prepared for your hearing. All of your statements at the hearing will be recorded. If your request is denied and you reapply at a later date, all of your statements from the previous hearing can (and will) be used against you.
Our experienced attorneys know what Michigan driver’s license appeal hearing questions to anticipate, and will ensure that you are prepared for your hearing.
5. Free Consultation
Rather than avoiding getting your license back, our office will initially discuss your case with you for free. After our initial visit, you will be at ease and ready to get back behind the wheel after we run your driving record.
How to Get Your Driver’s License Back in Michigan
Getting your license back after your 2nd DUI in Michigan (or subsequent DUI charge) is a complex process. It requires extreme attention to details in both Michigan laws and administrative rules, resources, and time. However, hiring a Michigan drivers license reinstatement lawyers to restore your suspended or revoked license is an important (and vital) step in restoring your driver’s license.
If this pertains to you or someone you know, contact our experienced team of driver’s license restoration attorneys today. We greatly value our attorney client relationship and promise to guide you through this process. After all, we proudly hold a 98% driver’s license restoration success rate and can restore your license in as little as 10 weeks.
We guarantee* your results and do not stop working until you are successful. Based on our office’s lower exposure risk as defined by OSHA, we are now taking in-person consultations** at our office in Royal Oak.
*The guarantee does not include license violation hearings. While we are skilled at violation hearings as well, violations happen and sometimes given the circumstances, we cannot win every one. We cannot guarantee a situation when a client relapses or does not follow our advice. Circuit court appeals are not included.
**While we are now taking in-person consultations, we will still conduct Skype, Zoom or phone consultations if that is what the client prefers.
Stephanie Achenbach received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University is 1996. As a political science major, she focused on world politics and studied abroad at the University of London, London, England. Ms. Achenbach her Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University – Detroit College of Law in 2000. Admitted to practice by the State Bar of Michigan in 2000, she is also admitted to the Federal District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Ms. Achenbach began her legal career at a large firm and then returned to the Michigan Attorney General’s office, where she had clerked throughout law school. During her 10-year tenure as an Assistant Attorney General, she practiced in both the Criminal and Labor Bureaus as a trial litigator and appellate attorney. Ms. Achenbach has successfully tried hundreds of cases and drafted over 50 appellate briefs. Her appellate achievements also include an appeal from 2010 that resulted in a published Michigan Court of Appeals opinion. Today, Ms. Achenbach is a member of the Law Offices of Barton Morris, a criminal boutique law firm. As a Senior Associate, Ms. Achenbach handles state and federal criminal cases, including appeals. She also handles alcohol related driving offenses and license restitution matters.