Helping Clients Restore Their License in Michigan
One of the more debilitating penalties that can come with a criminal conviction is the revocation or suspension of your driver’s license and loss of your mobility. This can threaten your job, your finances, and thus your future.
At White Law PLLC, our team recognizes what is at stake for you, and we bring more than 60 years of collective, award-winning experience to help you regain the driving privileges you need and deserve. Whether you need to restore your driver’s license in Okemos, Lansing, Ingham County, or anywhere in Michigan, we’re here to help you.
How can our Michigan driver’s license lawyers help you? We can:
How Can I Get My Drivers License Reinstated After Revocation?
To reinstate your license after a revocation, matters can get much more complicated. In addition to the requirements related to driver’s licenses suspension, a revocation will require you schedule a Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) hearing with the Michigan SOS.
At your DAAD hearing, you will need to prove to an examiner that:
- You are not abusing or addicted to drugs or alcohol.
- You understand the rules and laws of the road.
- You intend to follow the laws of the road.
- You are not likely to relapse into substance use.
You can only request one DAAD hearing each year. If you are not approved at your hearing to regain your driver’s license, you must wait an entire year to try again. For this reason, it is crucial that you do all you can to thoroughly prepare for your DAAD hearing. Our Okemos lawyers can provide you with the insight and information you need to succeed.
If you don’t win your driver’s license restoration hearing in Michigan, then you cannot apply for another hearing until a full year has passed. When you need driving privileges restored now, you can rely on our trial-tested defense attorneys to handle every aspect of your case to give you your best chance of winning. Find out how our Michigan driver’s license attorneys can help you protect your rights, your career, and your future.
How Can I Prepare for a Court Hearing?
Before you request a hearing, you must submit all paperwork—a substance abuse evaluation by a State Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, 10-panel drug screen, evidence to support sobriety (AA meeting attendance or drug counseling), and references letters that document sobriety—to the Secretary of State. Once you send those documents in—after thoroughly proofreading for errors—you will be notified of your hearing date, which is typically scheduled two to three months after your paperwork has been submitted.
On your court hearing date, you must wear formal and professional attire:
- Men should wear suits or a combination of dress pants, a dress shirt, and a tie
- Women should wear either a conservative dress, a pantsuit, or a combination of a formal blouse and a pair of slacks
- Avoid wearing t-shirts, tank tops, jeans, shorts, and sandals
When you appear for your hearing, make sure you arrive about 15 minutes before your court appearance to give yourself time to find parking and to further prepare. Only answer the questions that are asked by the hearing officer and speak slowly and deliberately.
Having our experienced attorneys on your side can help you gather the necessary paperwork, make sure everything is correct, and prepare you for your court appearance.
What is the Difference Between a Suspended and Revoked License?
A driver’s license suspension is the typical means the state uses to remove someone’s driving privileges. It can be enacted after a variety of traffic violations or an average, nonviolent DUI arrest. A revocation is reserved for when it appears that the driver has serious substance abuse issues. Revocation may even require a driver to retake driver’s education courses or the driver’s test before a DAAD hearing can be scheduled.