Getting your driving privileges back after a DUI or OWI arrest can be a long and arduous process. It is critical to have a good understanding of the proceedings necessary to get you back on the road. Additionally, you need to be aware of the common missteps people often take to avoid prolonging driver’s license restoration.
The following are the four most common mistakes when getting your license restored:
- Not being prepared. The most common mistake made when attempting to regain driving privileges is not planning in advance. License restoration requires an ample amount of documentation. If you do not have everything necessary to move forward with your case, the process can be delayed substantially.
- Not completing required treatment plans. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you will be given certain plans for treatment and for probation which need to be followed closely. In Michigan, it is mandatory for anyone convicted of an alcohol-related offense to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings. You must show documentation of attendance and evidence of working through the “twelve steps” process.
- No providing evidence of sobriety. In addition to attending AA, most offenders need to demonstrate that they have maintained at least six months of sobriety from alcohol or drugs prior to their scheduled hearing. Evidence includes submission of notarized letters from those who can attest to your sobriety. You also need to submit to a 10-panel urine drug test.
- Driving without a license. There are many people who continue to operate their vehicles despite having their license suspended or revoked. If you are caught and charged with DWLS, additional time will be added to your suspension period.
Our Okemos criminal defense attorneys at White Law PLLC can walk you through all the paperwork and procedures to help you avoid common mistakes made in the driver’s license restoration process. Michigan laws constantly change, so it is important to have experienced legal assistance to help you get you back on the road as soon as possible.
Contact us at (517) 316-1195 and request a free consultation today.