Flint, MI Driver's License Attorney
In today's fast-paced society such as Flint, MI, a driver's license is a must. Without the ability to easily get from one place to another, getting or keeping a good job, attending school, getting medical care, or getting your children to and from school and important functions is very difficult. When you cannot drive, it not only affects you, it affects your whole family - and often your friends and neighbors who have to take you where you need to go. But if you've had your license suspended, there is hope. In most cases, there are ways to get your driver's license back – especially if you have help from an experienced Flint, MI driver's license attorney, such as those at Grabel & Associates. We have a 97% success rate helping people just like you regain their licenses and get their life back to normal. Regardless of the reason you lost your license, give us a call to discuss the situation and see how we can help you get back on the road.
Reasons for License Suspension or Revocation
The process of getting your license back depends in part on why it was suspended or revoked in the first place. You may lose your license for any of the following reasons:
- Failure to respond to a traffic citation (FAC)
- Failure to comply with a court judgment (FCJ)
- Driving without proper car insurance
- Driving without proper registration
- Accumulation of more than 12 points on your license
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Refusing to take a BAC test
- Using your vehicle in the commission of a felony
If you lose your license for a civil infraction, such as failure to pay a ticket (FAC/FCJ), you will simply need to pay a fine at traffic court, which is a division of the 67th District Court located at 630 Saginaw Street here in Flint. If you received the ticket outside of Genesee County, you will need to call or appear before the appropriate court to settle the citation so you can get a termination statement that removes the suspension.
If, however, you lose your license due to an accumulation of points, a DWI conviction, or felony use of a vehicle, the process is much more complicated and requires a hearing before the DMV's Administrative Hearings Section (AHS), formerly known as the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD). You only have one opportunity to persuade them that you deserve your license back, and if you fail to do so, you will have to wait for another year to apply again. That's why it's important to contact a driver's license attorney with a stellar record to help you prepare for this hearing so you can regain your license the first time.
Preparing For Your AHS Hearing In Flint
At your AHS hearing, the judge will not only consider your argument and the evidence you offer in as support that you are a responsible driver, but will also look at the records from any past hearings to see why your request was denied the first time. The more times you fail to get back your license, the more difficult it becomes to do so. That's why it's important to hire an experienced Flint, MI driver's license attorney who can help you get your license back on your first try.
Our attorneys will help you prepare for the questions you are likely to be asked at the hearing, advise you on how to avoid common pitfalls that could bias the judge against you, and gather the documents you'll need to present, such as evidence of sobriety, letters of recommendation, your ignition interlock report, or drug treatment records, as needed for your specific circumstance.
Obtaining A Restricted License
In some cases where a full restoration of your license is not yet possible, you may be eligible for a restricted license. This is another area where a good attorney can be an invaluable asset. A driver's license attorney can help you present evidence of your hardship before the judge and request a restricted license, which allows you to drive to work, to school (if you were already a student when your license was suspended), and to court-appointed counseling or therapy.
These licenses are granted on a case-by-case basis and driving for any reason during your suspension period without a restricted license – even for a good cause like employment or a medical emergency – could get you an additional misdemeanor charge along with a longer suspension period and possible jail time and fines.
Contact Grabel & Associates To Get Driving Again
Driving in Michigan is a privilege, not a right. But the mistakes you've made in the past don't have to define your future. The attorneys at Grabel & Associates help you get your life back on track, starting with the right to drive again. If your license has been suspended or revoked for any reason, give us a call. We're available 24/7 to talk about your case at 1-800-342-7896 or you can set up free consultation through our online contact form.