Driver License Lawyer – Michigan Driver License Reinstatement
We have written a lot about Michigan driver license restoration success stories and from the looks of it they are going to keep on coming.
We recently won another hearing for a client who had their license revoked for two drinking and driving convictions. He had not driven in years. He called driver license restoration lawyer, Aaron J. Boria and we got him a full license granted and now he’s back on the road.
If your license has been revoked for multiple driving under the influence offenses, or from seriously injuring or killing another driver while under the influence you need to call Boria Law today (734) 453-7806.
License Revoked for Drinking and Driving – Michigan
Our client was a teenager when he was arrested for his first drinking and driving offense on the west side of the state. He was then arrested for a possession of marijuana offense, and in his early 20’s was convicted of his second drinking and driving offense, less than seven years after his first offense.
The State of Michigan enacted a law many years back where a person’s driving privileges would be revoked for having multiple drinking and driving offenses in what they consider to be a short period of time. Michigan revokes a person’s driver license for a minimum of 5 years if they have three drinking and driving offenses within 10 years, or in this case, Michigan revokes the driver license for a minimum of one year for two drinking and driving offenses within 7 years.
The word “minimum” is used when talking about the license revocation period because that is the minimal amount of time a person must be drug and alcohol free before that person can request a hearing to see if they can have their driving privileges restored.
If someone requests a hearing before they have been drug and alcohol free for a year they will automatically lose their hearing.
Remember, this is referring to a drivers license revocation rather than a suspension. In a suspension, a period of time passes and then a person can go to the Michigan Secretary of State where they simply pay a fee and their license is reinstated. Once a license is revoked you must first win a license appeal hearing in order to get back on the road.
Driver Assessment and Appeal Division – License Restoration
As mentioned above, you have to have a hearing after being convicted of multiple drunk driving offenses in order to get your drivers license back. The hearing will be heard with the Michigan Secretary of State’s Driver Assessment and Appeal Division.
You cannot just walk in and have a driver license hearing. In order to have a hearing you must apply by submitting the required documentation. If you fail to submit the proper documents your hearing will be denied.
At a minimum, you must send in the affidavit on Secretary of State form SOS 257, a substance abuse evaluation on form SOS 258, a 12-panle-drug screen that is lab confirmed, and three letters of support. I say, “at a minimum” because I require my clients have at least six letters of support, and additional support information.
Michigan law says that in order to get your license back, you must be able to prove by clear and convincing evidence that you are clean and sober from drugs and alcohol and that you are going to stay clean and sober from drugs and alcohol for the rest of your life.
This means that unlike a criminal case where the prosecutor carries the burden of proving your guilt, you must do the work to prove to the secretary of state that you are sober. Clear and convincing evidence means more likely then not, so more likely then not that you are sober and will stay sober.
Many people are under the false impression that they only have to show that they are not drinking and driving, have learned their lesson, and will not drink and driving again, this is false. If you are still drinking or using any kind of drug, no matter how infrequently it may be you will lose.
Michigan Driver License Lawyer
Drivers license lawyer, Aaron J. Boria has won countless driver assessment and appeal division hearings. We represent both people living here in Michigan and people who have left Michigan but cannot get a license because of a Michigan hold.
Countless clients have come to us complaining that their previous lawyer let them down, or they went without a lawyer and were unsuccessful. We pride ourselves on restoring client’s their driving privileges.
Why do we win so much? First off, it is our experience. We have been practicing Michigan driver license law for over 13 years. Second, We help prepare all of the documents with our clients in order to make certain that everything is perfect. We go over their letters of support again and again until they are perfect. Third, we have a mock hearing with our clients so that they know the tough questions the hearing officers are going to be asking and how to answer them. Finally, we attend the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division hearing with our clients where we help them testify and present evidence.
At Boria Law, we are committed to winning. Unfortunately, that means we have to spend more time on these cases then the average lawyer, which in turn means that we can only take so many cases per month.
Call (734) 453-7806 today to see if you would be a good candidate for our firm and we will get you back on the road.