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Michigan Driver's License Restoration Lawyer

Knowledgeable and experienced Michigan Driver's License Restoration Lawyers know that getting a license restored in Michigan is no simple feat. One mistake in the documentation or the improperly prepared client testimony can mean twelve additional months without a driving privilege.  Extensive preparation is critical.  Call me today so that we can begin the path towards license restoration for you.

Do I Need A Michigan Drivers License Restoration Lawyer?

Without a doubt there are many individuals that decide to take on the license restoration process on their own.  Likely, some of these individuals are successful. I’m confident though, that my experience will increase the likelihood that you will be successful.  The extensive experience I’ve had with every hearing officer in the state allows me to help you prepare the documentation and your own testimony in such a way that gives you the best chance at success.

How Successful Are You?

I hear a lot of Michigan License Restoration Lawyers talk about their success rates at Secretary of State hearings.  I personally find that to be a disservice to clients.  Drivers license restoration hearings do not fit nicely into a cut and paste legal practice.  Each client brings a unique set of facts and circumstances that must be fully understood by your attorney before the hearing.  The individualized nature of these hearings makes any prediction of success based on past success rates essentially meaningless.

While it is true that the required documentation must be analyzed for possible errors and omissions before submission, I have found that the most critical aspect to a successful restoration is the client’s own personal testimony.  Through our work together, you will enter the hearing room as prepared as possible and therefore as likely to succeed as possible.

I No Longer Attend Substance Abuse Group Meetings Or Group Counseling, Will I Ever Get My Michigan License Back?

The short answer is yes.  As a Michigan License Restoration Lawyer I understand that everyone’s path to sobriety is unique.  Additionally, every individual is going to maintain sobriety in there own way.  The most important part of the process is recognizing how you got there and how you will keep going.  Through our consultations together we can identify the key steps in your story and adequately explain that to the Hearing Officer.

I Moved From Michigan Years Ago, Why Can’t I Get A License In My New State?

If you left the State of Michigan with a revocation/denial status on your Michigan driving privilege, it is possible and probably even likely that your now home state will insist that you first clear the Michigan “hold” before they will license you.  Non-Michigan residents may be eligible to clear up licensing issues quickly without travel back to Michigan.  Call me today to discuss your options with a Michigan License Restoration Lawyer.

Michigan Secretary Of State Laws And Regulations

Under Michigan law, the Secretary of State must revoke your driving privilege if when they are notified of certain convictions.  A revocation will occur for several convictions listed under Michigan Motor Vehicle Code (MCL 27.625).  One of the most common revocations occurs when a person is convicted for multiple DUI / OWI incidents within a certain period of time.

If a driver’s license has been revoked and/or denied as a result of multiple DUI / OWI convictions, then the person must go through the DAAD (Driver Assessment and Appeal Division) with the Michigan Secretary of State in order to restore the driving privileges.

The application process requires documentation and testimony that complies with stringent department guidelines.  When applying for driving privileges after a revocation, it is important to consult with an experienced Michigan License Restoration Attorney in order to increase your chances of success. Unlike the presumption of innocence you are afforded when charged with a crime, the Secretary of State hearing officer will only restore, or re-instate, driving privileges if certain conditions are met or “proved” by the petitioner.

Specifically, the petitioner must meet certain detailed criteria laid out in what is referred to as “Rule 13.”

Rule 13 provides:

(a) The hearing officer shall not order that a license be issued to the petitioner unless the petitioner proves, by clear and convincing evidence, all of the following:
(b) Before ordering that a license be issued to the petitioner, the hearing officer shall require that the petitioner prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that he or she has completely abstained from the use of alcohol and controlled substances, except for controlled substances prescribed by a licensed health care professional, for a period of not less than 6 consecutive months, or has abstained for a period of not less than 12 consecutive months if the evidence considered at the hearing establishes that a longer period of abstinence is necessary. The evidence may include the following:
(i) That the petitioner has ever submitted to a chemical test which revealed a bodily alcohol content that is not less than 2 times the level indicated in section 625a(9)(c) of the act.
(ii) That the petitioner has 3 or more convictions for alcohol or controlled substance related offenses.
(iii) That the petitioner has attempted to bring his or her alcohol or controlled substance abuse problems, if any, under control, but suffered a relapse by using, on at least 1 occasion, alcohol or controlled substance, or both, except for a controlled substance prescribed for the petitioner by a licensed health professional.
(iv) That a substance abuse evaluation of the petitioner reveals a diagnosis of past or present alcohol or controlled substance dependency.
(v) That the petitioner’s license was previously revoked or denied under section 303 of the act because of alcohol or controlled substance convictions.
(vi) Other showings that are relevant to the issues identified in paragraphs (i) through (v) of this subdivision.


Serving Metro Detroit, the following cities, as well as many other cities throughout Michigan

Allen Park Hamtramck Ray Center
Anchor Bay Gardens Harper Woods Redford
Anchor Bay Harbor Hazel Park Richmond
Anchor Bay Shores Highland River Rouge
Ann Arbor Highland Park Riverview
Armada Holly Rochester
Auburn Hills Huntington Woods Rochester Hills
Augusta Independence Rockwood
Barton Hills Inkster Romeo
Belleville Keego Harbor Romulus
Berkley Lake Angelus Rose
Beverly Hills Lake Orion Roseville
Bingham Farms Lakeside Royal Oak
Birmingham Lathrup Village Saint Clair Haven
Bloomfield Leonard Saint Clair Shores
Bloomfield Hills Lima Salem
Brandon Lincoln Park Saline
Bridgewater Livonia Scio
Broad Acres Lodi Sebille Manor
Brownstown Township Lottivue Sharon
Cady Lyndon Shelby
Canton Lyon South Lyon
Center Line Macomb Southfield
Chelsea Madison Heights Southgate
Chesterfield Manchester Springfield
Chesterfield Shores Meade Sterling Heights
Clarkston Melvindale Superior
Clawson Memphis Sylvan
Clifton Mill Milan Sylvan Lake
Clinton Milford Taylor
Commerce Milton Township
Davis Mount Clemens Trenton
Dearborn Mount Vernon Troy
Dearborn Heights New Baltimore Utica
Detroit New Boston Van Buren Township
Dexter New Haven Walled Lake
Disco Northfield Warren
Eastpointe Northville Washington
Ecorse Novi Waterford
Farmington Oak Park Wayne
Farmington Hills Oakland Webster
Fenton Orchard Lake West Bloomfield
Ferndale Orion Westland
Flat Rock Ortonville White Lake
Franklin Oxford Wixom
Fraser Pittsfield Wolcott Mills
Freedom Pleasant Ridge Wolverine Lake
Garden City Plymouth Woodhaven
Grosse Ile Point Lakeview Wyandotte
Grosse Pointe Pontiac York
Groveland Preston Corners Ypsilanti

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