How to Get a Restricted Driver’s License After Suspension


After having your driver’s license suspended in Michigan for a drunk driving charge, drug crime charge, or license points violation, it can be difficult to work, attend school, and get to substance abuse treatment. Fortunately, in many cases it is possible to obtain a restricted driver’s license to use for transportation to and from a variety of locations. Working with an attorney throughout your case will help you achieve the best possible case result, allowing you to get back on the road as soon as possible. Our DL attorneys will help you fight to beat the charges against you and keep your license, or work to have your charges reduced so that a restricted license is possible.

Driver’s License Reinstatement Law Firm in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan

Grabel & Associates works with clients in all DUI, OUI, OWVI, OWPD, drug crime, and criminal cases, and our work in even the toughest Michigan cases has aided clients in obtaining restricted driving rights or restored licenses. You need a lawyer, who understands how important your ability to drive is, and our team will accept nothing but the absolute best result in your driver’s license case. Don’t hesitate to contact an attorney to find out more about restricted driver’s licenses in Michigan and how driver’s license laws will affect your case.

Where Can I Drive With a Suspended Driver’s License?

If you are issued a restricted driver’s license, you will be able to drive to and from numerous locations, as stated in the Michigan Vehicle Code. A restricted license may allow you to operate a vehicle for employment purposes, along with to and from home, work, court ordered alcohol or drug treatment, community service, the probation office, any school in which you are currently enrolled, and any place delivering medical treatment to you, a member of your household, or an immediate family member.

If you are issued a restricted driver’s license, you will not be able to drive to any location other than those listed, and violating these conditions will result in charges of driving on a suspended license and corresponding criminal penalties. You will be required to carry proof of your destination when you drive, such as a work or class schedule, and police officers will have the right to ask for this information. Contact our talented team of attorneys if you are fighting license suspension or if you want to obtain a restricted license after a DUI, drug crime, or other criminal charge.

Driving With Suspended License in Michigan

Restricted licenses are issued on a case-by-case basis in drunk driving, drug crime, and bad driving record cases. Working with an attorney will give you the best chance of getting back on the road after a license suspension, allowing you to continue to work and study. If you do not obtain a restricted license, driving anywhere can result in criminal charges of driving with a suspended license (DWLS), which is a misdemeanor conviction that can result in a fine of up to $500 along with a 93 day jail sentence. You will also be subject to an even longer period of license suspension, and possible revocation.

Our Approach to Suspended, Revoked, and Restricted DL

At Grabel & Associates, our experienced team is committed to obtaining the best possible results in all driver’s license law cases. If you are facing suspension, you need to work with an attorney who will investigate every detail of your unique case and tailor a criminal defense strategy to your specific circumstances. Our lawyers know how blood, breath, and field sobriety tests can affect you in DUI cases, and have experience fighting drug possession, cultivation, and distribution charges. We also have worked in complex traffic violation and criminal law cases statewide and have the experience needed to help you obtain an excellent result.

Driving on a restricted license isn’t ideal, but it can allow you to carry on with your life until you are eligible for full driving privileges again. If you have had your license suspended and need a way to get to work, school, or sobriety treatment, contact Grabel & Associates to find out more about restricted driver’s licenses and license reinstatement in Michigan.

Contact Scott Grabel Michigan Restricted Driver’s License Lawyer

Call our toll free number, 1-800-342-7896, now for a free consultation with an experienced analyst. We are available 24/7 to begin fighting to get you back on the road. Alternatively, contact us online and ask to set up a free consultation with trial attorney Scott Grabel. We will work with you throughout every stage of your driving case to protect your rights and fight for your freedom.

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.