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Five Questions to Ask Your Michigan License Restoration Lawyer

One of the most inconvenient and frightening penalties for those arrested for DUI or other traffic violations is the loss of driving privileges. Not only does losing your license make things difficult for you, not being able to drive can also interfere with other areas of your life.

If you have lost your license, you need to work with an attorney who can help you manage your situation and lessen the impact of the penalties you face. Knowing what to ask and how to evaluate the way in which an attorney can help you is a great way to “get the ball rolling” toward restoration. Here are a few important things to ask a license restoration attorney during your initial consultation:

Is it possible to get my license restored?

Most attorneys will tell you “yes,” but it’s important they also explain the process. There are a number of things that might be required of you before your license is restored. An experienced attorney will walk you through the process and explain what is needed based on the specific details of your case.

Is my case similar to other cases you’ve handled? How were they resolved?

It’s important to know whether or not the attorney you are considering has experience dealing with cases similar to yours. No two license suspension cases are the same, so if an attorney leads you to believe the process of restoration is “no big deal” or the same for everyone, consider getting a second opinion. Cases are similar, but it’s important you be treated as an individual.

How do I request a hearing?

Your attorney will help you with the paperwork and other obligations you must meet in order to be granted a hearing for license restoration in Michigan. Assistance with the process and the hearing is one of the most important reasons to work with an experienced legal professional.

For general information on how the hearing process works, visit Michigan.govisit Michigan.gov.

How is license revocation different in Michigan? If I move will my license be restored?

Laws vary from state to state, but if your Michigan license is revoked in Michigan, you should not assume it will be restored if you move elsewhere. Furthermore, you will likely still be required to meet certain obligations in-state before your driving privileges are restored – something that can be challenging if you are living far away. Your attorney can help you stay organized and meet your obligations, even if you are no longer in Michigan. And he or she can explain how the process is Michigan differs from other states.

What are my responsibilities/obligations concerning the restoration of my license?

In many instances, you will have one or more things you must accomplish in order to have your driving privileges restored. In addition to the process that is directly related to your license restoration, you might also need to enroll in classes, pay fines, or show proof of attendance in a substance abuse program.

It’s important you understand your responsibilities in the license restoration process and that you not assume everything will work out if you simply show up at your hearing and state your case. Your attorney can help you gain access to the resources needed to meet your obligations and help you prove you met these obligations during your hearing.

For more information or to discuss how you can get your license restored in Michigan, Andrew W. Kowalkowski, PLLC at 248.974.9594.

 

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