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Sunday, December 28, 2014

11 DAAD HEARINGS IN 11 YEARS WITH 11 DENIALS: WHAT WENT WRONG?!!?

I recently received a call from a woman who was looking for legal representation regarding her revoked Michigan driver’s license. She indicated to me that she’s had eleven hearings in the past eleven years!!

Naturally I was flabbergasted. Never in all my years of DAAD Hearings had I ever heard of such a thing. Wanting to understand how such a failure record occurred year after year I began questioning her.

“Had you employed the services of a lawyer?” I asked. She replied, “For some of the hearings yes others I did on my own”.  As we continued to talk I began to question her current condition. Something in her voice just didn’t sound right.

I finally got around to asking her when was the last time she had a drink. She responded, a bit indignantly, “I haven’t had a drink since 2011!!”

Well ok now, one of the reasons I didn’t become a doctor was the math but I can do simple addition and subtraction. If the year is 2014 and you have had eleven DAAD Hearings (remember you can only conduct one hearing per year) that means you would have started your hearings in 2003. If you started doing hearings in 2003 but hadn’t stopped drinking until 2011 is it any wonder why the failures year after year?? And upon further inquiry into her drinking the woman stated that she had stopped drinking, “for the most part”.

NO NO NO….. “For the most part” will never work!!! This is an all or nothing proposition.

If after a ten minute conversation I can glean that the woman might still be drinking, a Hearing Officer would easily have a field day with this petitioner. Now, this woman’s biggest hurdle is going to be regaining the trust of the Hearing Officer. Moreover she is going to have to reconcile every discrepancy/inconsistency in every past Hearing that resulted in a denial. This of course will require obtaining a copy of every denial and pouring over them with a fine tooth comb. Then of course teaching the petitioner how to answer these inconsistencies and memorize them will be a huge challenge. Not to mention the huge expense also.

If this woman had gotten the proper attorney right from the start she most likely would be driving now. Somehow somebody had to impress upon this woman that abstinence is the only real solution.

This woman’s predicament, while difficult is not impossible. However the needless waste of time and added expense is water under the bridge as they say. Don’t suffer the mistakes this woman has made; call the Law offices of Martin Lievois in Troy at 248-419-1566 or in Flint at 810-250-4550.

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