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How to Appeal a Driver’s License Hearing Decision

When you attempt to face a driver’s license appeal hearing with the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight alone or without the best possible Michigan attorney, you can lose and be forced to wait for another attempt to win back your license. Fortunately, if you have lost your driver's license license hearing, it may not be too late to hire a skilled driver’s license restoration team to help you appeal the decision to deny you a Michigan driver’s license. Anyone who has had their license suspended or revoked and has attempted to get back on the road through a driver's license hearing has the right to appeal the decision, and by working with better representation you can ensure the best outcome in your case. Grabel & Associates can take over your DL restoration fight and work to win back your license.

Let Our Michigan Driver's License Hearing Appeal Lawyer Take Over Your Driver’s License Case in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, or Anywhere else in Michigan

Not every loss should be appealed, and it is crucial that you work with an experienced driver’s license reinstatement lawyer in Michigan to determine if a driver's license hearing decision appeal is right for you. If you appeal the hearing officer’s decision to deny the restoration of your driving privileges, your appeal will take place in the Michigan Circuit Court system. It is difficult to win an appeal and success will only be possible if you hire Michigan’s best legal representation as soon as possible. Grabel & Associates has been recognized as a premier DL restoration firm for over a decade and our team of defense attorneys will fight to protect your rights and freedom throughout the appeals process.

Win a Driver's License Hearing Officer Decision Appeal in Michigan Circuit Court

To win a Circuit Court appeal, you need to prove that the hearing officer in your initial Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight license appeal either applied Michigan law incorrectly to your case, or that he or she was wrong about crucial details of your case. A Circuit Court judge will not easily overturn the hearing officer’s decision, and it is critical that you work with a qualified attorney to develop the best legal strategy for your case.

You must file your appeal within 63 days of the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight’s final decision, unless you have good reason requiring that you wait longer, in which case you may be allowed 182 days. Within 50 days of the Circuit Court appeal date, the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) must be notified. Our lawyers will work with you throughout these deadlines to ensure you are prepared for your appeal and have everything you need to win your license back.

Grabel & Associates is dedicated to providing clients with the best possible results, and unlike working with an inexperienced attorney or without legal representation, you can be sure you will get your license back as soon as possible. We will help you determine if appealing the decision is right for you, as waiting for a new driver's license hearing can sometimes be more beneficial than a Circuit Court appeal. If you lose an appeal, you will have to wait one year from the Circuit Court decision date to apply for a new hearing, rather than waiting one year from the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight's decision. Depending on how much time has passed since your initial hearing, it may not be in your best interests to pursue an appeal. Contact us to find out more about your driver’s license restoration options, and call us immediately if you need better representation for an appeal or second driver's license hearing in Michigan.

What Do I Need to Prove to Win a Circuit Court Driver’s License Appeal in Michigan?

Michigan law sets a high standard for proving a hearings officer wrongly denied you a license at your Secretary of State Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight hearing. According to Section 257.323 of the Michigan Vehicle Code, you must prove any of the following rights violations in order to have the decision overturned by the Circuit Court:

  • the decision violated the U.S. Constitution, Michigan constitution of 1963, or any other law
  • the decision went beyond the authority or jurisdiction of the Secretary of State
  • the decision was made based on unlawful procedure
  • the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight's decision was not supported by substantial, competent, material evidence
  • the decision was an arbitrary, capricious exercise of discretion or clearly an abuse or unwarranted exercise of discretion
  • the decision was affected by substantial, material error of law

Contact Grabel & Associates if you feel you were unjustly denied your driver’s license by the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight. Our DL restoration approach will be effective, even if you already have lost a driver's license hearing working alone or with another attorney.

Our Approach to Driver's License Decision Appeals in Michigan Circuit Courts

We understand how frustrating losing a hearing can be, and we know that anyone who has lost the chance to get back his or her license would do anything to go back and work with better legal representation. Fortunately, it is never too late to begin working with Grabel & Associates to fight for your driving privileges. We value your freedom and will aggressively defend your rights in driver's license hearings or Circuit Court appeals. Our lawyers will investigate every detail of your Michigan case and bring any hearing officer mistakes to light in your appeal in order to help you win back your license.

The first step to getting your license back is working with an attorney to build an effective legal strategy, ensuring you fully understand exactly what you need to do to get back on the road. Our experienced team can direct you throughout the complicated appellate process or begin working on your next driver’s license hearing to ensure a better outcome than your initial attempt. We are recognized as one of Michigan’s premier DL reinstatement firms and have successfully helped clients statewide win their licenses back as quickly as possible.

Contact Scott Grabel, MI Driver’s License Appeal Attorney

Call our law firm at 1-800-342-7896 now for a free consultation, or contact us online and ask to set up a free consultation with trial attorney Scott Grabel. Our experience in appeal cases will give you an instant advantage in your case, and our team of driver’s license reinstatement lawyers are available 24/7 to begin working on your case.

Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.

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