Restoring Your Driving Privilege in Michigan

If you have your license revoked after multiple DUI/OWI convictions or other offenses, it is possible to regain your driving privileges. In order to restore your driving privileges, you will need to request a hearing with the Michigan DAAD (Driver Assessment and Appeal Division). Working with a DL lawyer during the restoration process could help you be successful, even on a first attempt, and Grabel & Associates is available 24/7 to begin working with you in your uniquely important case.

Win Your Driver’s License Back

Depending on the details of your license revocation, you will have to wait for a specific period of time before you can request an appeal hearing. If you have had your license taken away after two drunk driving convictions within seven years, you can request a DAAD hearing after one year. If you have had your license revoked after three DUI convictions in ten years, you have to wait either one or five years, depending on the specifics of your case. If your license has already been revoked within the past seven years, you will have to wait five years to apply for a license hearing.

Obtaining your driving record will be helpful in determining when you are eligible to apply for a license hearing, which your lawyer can assist you with. Contact Grabel & Associates now if you have yet to secure competent representation for your restoration case.

Step One: Requesting a Hearing

When you are eligible, you need to request a hearing before the DAAD in order to have the chance to win back your license. In order to request a hearing, you must have a substance abuse evaluation filled out by a professional in the field, in addition to a 10-panel drug test, letters detailing the changes you have made in regards to alcohol habits from family and friends, as well as evidence you have complied with court orders.

It is very important to properly prepare every document and ensure you set yourself up to win your hearing, because if you lose you will have to wait an entire year just to apply for a new hearing.

Step Two: Preparing for a Hearing

After obtaining the required materials and filling out a request for hearing form, you need to send the documents to the Michigan Department of State. If you have not already contacted an attorney, it is advisable that you do so, and begin working to prepare extensively for your hearing. A license restoration lawyer can walk you through the questions you will be asked and the answers you need to give, so that by the time you actually appear, you will be able to confidently prove you deserve your license back.

Step Three: Winning a Hearing

It is the responsibility of you along with your attorney to prove that your alleged substance abuse problem is completely under control and likely to remain controlled in the future, and that you are not a risk to reoffend. If you cannot present clear and convincing evidence that leads the hearing officer to this conclusion, you will not get your license back.

One requirement to win a hearing is complete abstinence from alcohol and drugs, and failure to comply with this recommendation will certainly lead to a failed application. You need to stay completely sober for a full year before your hearing in order to have a good shot at winning, and if you cannot demonstrate that you have been sober for 12 months, contact an attorney before deciding to proceed.

Our Approach to Winning Michigan DL Restoration Hearings

If you want to restore your MI license, it is essential that you work with an experienced attorney who knows what it takes to win. Our lawyers have a success rate of over 97% for first time license appeal hearings, and we will work with you to ensure you are able to gather all necessary documents and prepare a convincing case before you face a hearings officer. We understand how essential it is to structure a unique approach around each individual case we take, and will continuously consult with you to ensure you are effectively represented throughout every stage of your case.

Contact Grabel & Associates to Fight Driver’s License Revocation

Call 1-800-342-7896 to speak with an attorney now, or contact us online for a free case consultation. Our Michigan firm is available 24/7 to begin fighting to get you back on the road.

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.