There is no need to drive with a suspended or revoked license when we can help you get your driving privileges restored. We have a track record of success at the first DLAD hearing.
When a person is convicted of a drunk driving offense getting a restricted or suspended/revoked driving license is an expected penalty. A person with multiple drunk driving convictions (2 within 7 years or 3 within 10 years) will lose their driving privileges indefinitely unless they win an appeal before the Driver’s License Appeal Division of the Michigan Department of State. If a petitioner wins his or her appeal, driving privileges can be restored in full or on a restricted basis depending on the circumstances. The process for appealing a revocation is extremely complicated and nothing a person should attempt to do on their own. An experienced DLAD lawyer increases the chances of winning dramatically.
A petitioner must prove several things to be successful and win a DLAD hearing, including:
- The alcohol and/or substance abuse problems, if any are under control and are likely to remain under control,
- There is a low or minimal risk of again driving drunk and/or drugged, or repeating the abusive behavior,
- The person has the ability and motivation to drive safely and within the law
- The person has met the minimum period of abstinence
This is the bare minimum. For the greatest chances of winning the appeal, much more must be done!
What evidence needs to be presented at the DAAD to win?
There is documentation that needs to be collected and filed with the hearing request. It is a complicated process, and your best chance of success is with the help of an attorney who has substantial experience with winning at the DAAD.
Between 3 and 7 letters must be submitted with the request for a hearing. The letters must attest to the fact that you are not consuming drugs or alcohol and have not done so for an extended period of time. The letters have to be concise, specific, not melodramatic, consistent, and persuasive. It takes decades of experience to be able to assist a client’s friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors with drafting letters that will be effective.
A substance abuse evaluation with a current drug test must also be provided before requesting a hearing. Unfortunately, some substance abuse evaluators in Michigan have horrendous reputations and their evaluations have little to no weight. On the other hand, there are also very reputable evaluators whos’ reports have significant weight at the DAAD. A lawyer with a track record of winning at the DAAD will know the right expert to hire for this type of hearing.
Finally, the petitioner himself or herself must complete a form to request the hearing. While many lawyers leave their clients to there own devices when completing these forms, that can be a recipe for disaster. Hearing officers start off with the presumption that the appeal for driving privileges should be denied. They scrutinize everything submitted and look for the slightest errors or discrepancies. A good attorney will take the time to assist the client in completing any necessary paperwork so that such errors can be avoided.
It Costs More to Hire a Bargain DLAD Lawyer and Lose
A person going into a DLAD hearing without an attorney, or an attorney who does not work in the DLAD frequently will almost always be unsuccessful at the first hearing. Even if the cost of hiring a great attorney is difficult financially, it is less than the cost of losing the first hearing and not being able to drive or having to hire a better attorney the second time. Doing a “cost vs. benefit analysis” would clearly show that hiring an effective DLAD attorney the first time is less expensive than hiring a bargain lawyer and losing. The cost of not driving for another year and having to go back, again and again, is too much for anyone to handle. A reasonable fee to hire a good attorney who has the best chance of winning at the first hearing is money well spent.
The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., have decades of experience representing people at the Driver License Appeal Division. We understand the requirements and what the hearing officers are looking for and expecting. In Michigan, public transportation is not easily accessible. The need to drive is paramount. In order to have the best chance of getting your driving privileges restored, call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you.