Michigan License Appeal Lawyer – DLAD Attorney
Attorneys Dedicated to the Passionate, Zealous, and Effective Representation of Those in Need of Restoration of Driving Privileges in Michigan
If you have lost your driver’s license in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Washtenaw County or Livingston County or anywhere in Michigan, LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can help you get it back. Our Michigan driver’s license restoration attorneys have represented thousands of clients whose driver’s licenses have been revoked due to traffic tickets, implied consent violations, or multiple drunk driving convictions (habitual drunk driving). As soon as we begin working for you, we start educating you on the process associated with license restoration cases and developing a plan to help ensure that your driving privileges are restored as fast as possible.
We understand your situation and the importance of getting you back on the road. We will take the time to develop a customized plan utilizing the best strategies available, using decades of experience helping clients with driver’s license restoration cases. Every lawyer is not the same, and many lawyers dabble in different areas of the law, including driver’s license restoration cases. We specialize in criminal defense and driver’s license restoration. By concentrating our practice on what we do best, we can stay on top of the latest developments in the law and the most effective techniques developed in the industry. In other words, we give our clients the maximum chances of success.
How we win DLAD Hearings
Depending on your situation, there are several ways that we can pursue the restoration of your driver’s license in Michigan. If a client has lost his or her license due to multiple drunk driving or DUI convictions, we can pursue an appeal with the Michigan Department of State Drivers Assessment and Appeal Division (also known as the DAAD or DLAD). The Secretary of State revokes the driver’s license due to the driver being a “habitual” drunken driver. These revocations are permanent and can only a successful appeal can reverse them. These appeals take place in-person or on video and are heard by an administrative law judge, known as Hearing Officers. The Secretary of State establishes rigorous and strict guidelines on when a person is eligible for license restoration, and appellants are generally limited to only one appeal per year. In many OWI related cases, an appeal cannot be filed for at least up 5 years. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has developed a plan and system for achieving success at the DLAD that is unparalleled in the legal community.
An individual who pursued a DLAD appeal on their own, or with a less experienced attorney, and lost must appeal to a circuit court or wait another year to try again. Clients regularly hire us for circuit court appeals after having lost a DAAD hearing with a lesser skilled or experienced lawyer. We are very familiar with the judges in Southeastern Michigan and the Metro Detroit area. We carefully track those facts and arguments that each judge finds most persuasive. In these cases, the circuit court judge has the authority to reverse the decision of the DLAD, remand the matter for a new hearing, take additional testimony, or reinstate driving privileges with restrictions or other limitations.
“Why not take a chance, and if I lose, then I can hire a lawyer the next time?”
Believe it or not, many individuals try to save the money it would take to hire an attorney and try filing an appeal on their own. They are essentially “rolling the dice” with their driving privileges with the hope they can be successful. This is a terrible strategy that is sure to end with regret and disappointment. It takes decades of experience to know what to file with the DAAD in support of an appeal and to train a witness to testify effectively. The process is far more complicated than most people realize. The Hearing Officer starts with the presumption that the appeal should be denied, and their view can only be modified with the presentation of “clear and compelling” evidence. The major problem with going it alone or with a bargain lawyer is that if you lose, the faulty and inadequate evidence or testimony does not disappear, it must be dealt with at the next hearing. Not only must a new, experienced attorney present sufficient evidence to win, but he or she must also now overcome whatever faulty and inadequate evidence was initially introduced. Depending on the damage that was created at the first hearing, this can be a monumental and challenging task. In the end, it would almost certainly have been far less expensive just to hire a proven and successful DAAD attorney in the first place.
What To Do If You Need Help with Restoration
If you are considering applying for restoration with the DAAD/DLAD or an appeal to a Circuit Court, it is important to present the most compelling case because you cannot try again for at least a year if you lose. Representation by competent counsel is critical to the success of license restoration. The experienced, aggressive, and successful criminal defense counsel with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., will maximize your chances of winning.
Your first step towards restoring your driver’s license is to call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., for a free evaluation of your case. We will patiently listen to you and advise you based on your particular circumstances and the law. By planning and presenting a thoroughly prepared case for the hearing, and having someone to fight for your best interests, you will maximize your chances of winning your driving privileges again.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.