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Part One - Getting Started

If you’ve lost your license due to drinking and driving, there is only one way to get it back and that’s through a hearing with the DAAD (Driver Assessment and Appeal Division) of the Secretary of State (formally known as DLAD or Driver’s License Appeal Division).

Although the Courts order fines, costs, probation, community service, and sometimes jail, it is within the province of the Secretary of State to determine the fate of your driving privileges once they have been REVOKED for being under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.

As your attorney, my first task is to order your driving record from Lansing. This gives me an overview of your driving history. This is crucial for getting an accurate time line for testimony purposes.

Once we review your driving record and determine the driver is eligible for a DAAD hearing (after a person’s license has been taken due to a second OWI conviction, there is a one year revocation period the driver has to wait before becoming eligible), then the real work starts.

Finding a lawyer who is well versed in license appeals is critical. If your lawyer doesn’t know the procedures you have a good chance of losing – and you only have one hearing per year! Also, just because you hire a lawyer doesn’t mean your work is done. The driver’s role in the whole process must be a very proactive one. He/she will have to go to a substance abuse evaluation and get a 10-panel substance screen. In addition, testimonial letters must be acquired and witnesses might be needed. Attorney guidance through this maze of hurdles is crucial. Where to go for these requirements and the timing cannot be overlooked. Further all these “requirements” have a “shelf life” of 90 days. After 90 days you have to start over, if the hearing has not been conducted by then all the requirements must be updated. That means new substance abuse evaluations, new testimonial letters, etc…don’t let this happen to you!

How To Get Your License Back - Part Two - The Hearing


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