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Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Being the recipient of a drunk driving citation in Michigan can be one of the lowest points in a persons life. In addition to not feeling very good about yourself, there will be many questions you need answers to concerning your situation.


By calling  attorney Lievois your have put yourself in the best possible position to effectively address your Flint drunk driving charge. I have handled countless drunk driving cases in various Counties and Cities throughout Michigan.

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Friday, February 10, 2017


After a successful DAAD hearing for license reinstatement clients are elated and overjoyed, and rightfully so; they can DRIVE LEGALLY again. But not so fast.

What ALL petitioners would be wise to bear in mind is that the initial hearing is but the first step in a process!

With the exception of the rare petitioner that gets "FULL DRIVING PRIVILEGES RESTORED" at their first hearing, (the reasons for this will be the topic of another blog article) getting the green light to drive again initially is but the beginning - but take heart, it is the biggest hurdle that petitioners face. Once this first phase is successfully completed, the newly won rights are for the petitioner to lose. That is to say, unless you do something silly or worse, stupid, the rest of the process is downhill.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Unpleasant Surprise For Unresolved Michigan License Revocations

So maybe things weren't going so well for you in Michigan. No jobs, no money....
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Thursday, February 2, 2017


I cannot tell you how many police reports I have read that read something like this..."I was just taking this joint over to share with a friend" or "we were smoking a joint and then..

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Misdemeanor Marijuana Charges In Michigan

Were you aware that in Michigan there are different penalties for misdemeanor marihuana charges depending on who the arresting agency is? That's right, if you happen to get pulled over by a State Trooper or County Sheriff , your penalties are going to be different than if your run-in is with a local city, township or village police officer (eg. Flint, Burton, Grand Blanc, etc...).

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Friday, January 20, 2017


In a word "yes", and anywhere else for that matter but for the most part prescription medications will not present a problem. Michigan DAAD hearing officers are not going to be concerned about medications for high blood pressure or cholesterol. Nor will antibiotics pose a problem. What MAY be of concern to someone are the scripts for Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Dilaudid, Vicodin even Xanax, etc..

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017


The problem with leaving the State of Michigan with unfinished license issues of the "revoked" nature, is that they never go away!! No passage of time will result in a free pass. The only positive thing the passage of time will accomplish is to put more time between the last time you drank/did illegal drugs and the time you petition the Secretary of State for driving privileges.

The longer your sobriety the better your chances of getting your desired relief.

But, the long and short of it is..

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015


DAAD testimonial letters are some of the most important evidence we submit for a restoration of driving privileges hearing. So why is it that so many people disdain the task??

Well, for one, maybe it is because they are doing it for someone else and not themselves? After all, how many times do we find ourselves saying, “I wish there were more hours in the day”?? We don’t even have enough time to do our own stuff let alone write a letter for someone else… Or maybe it is because they do not know what to write. Understandably people are busy with trying to keep their own lives just under a loud roar. I get it. So for my clients I’ve tried to streamline the procedure.

No, wondering what to write, I’ve taken the guess out of the task. My workup of license restoration cases includes a list of factors which must be included in every testimonial letter. I fully explain just how long the letter needs to be and the “technical” information that also must be included in each letter.

For most of the people writing these letters, I have come to realize, probably have not written a letter since they were in school. I couldn’t care less about grammar, sentence structure, punctuation or spelling. These things are not what is important to the reader (the hearing officer). In fact, I leave all imperfections in every letter so as not to make the reader think that I “sanitized” every letter.

What IS important is that each author of a letter convey with heartfelt conviction that the petitioner is in fact sober and will likely remain sober. The bullet points I provide will guide the writers as how to effectively do this and still include all required information.

As for the petitioner’s, these letters represent the single most important piece of evidence we will present to the hearing officer. They provide invaluable insight into the life of the petitioner. It allows the hearing officer to get a visual, if you will, into the daily activity of the petitioner and therefore enables the hearing officer to make a more informed decision. The more convincing the letters the better the chances of getting the relief we came there for.

For these reasons, I put a lot of emphasis on making these letters, “as good as they can be”. Almost without exception, I have “corrections” or “suggestions” that I mark on each letter requiring a “second draft” to be done by the author. This generally irritates people; sometimes it “enrages” people. But to those people I say, “consider if the shoe was on the other foot…” Everybody needs help at some point in their lives” and at this point in time this particular friend who is petitioning for license privileges, needs your help; and I do not believe that it is too far of a stretch to say, “their livelihoods depends on it”.

Don’t risk driving on a revoked license any longer….it only makes matters worse when you get caught. Call the Law Offices of Martin Lievois at 810-232-3223 for a free phone consultation and plan to get you back on the road “legally”.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Typical Timeline of a Case in Michigan District Court

I am awaiting a resolution to my criminal matter in District Court. How long will it take, and what are the procedural milestones?

When facing criminal charges, the wait-time for a final resolution can seem like forever – particularly in the crowded Michigan district court system. If you are facing a misdemeanor criminal charge in Michigan district court, there is a general timeline your case will follow. With the help of a criminal defense attorney, you can be thoroughly prepared for the steps your case will take, which may help ease at least some of your stress and anxiety.

The first step following arrest for a felony or misdemeanor is known as an “arraignment.” This is the first court appearance, and occurs promptly after the arrest is made. For misdemeanors, defendants are typically permitted to post bond immediately – and be scheduled for an arraignment at a later date. At this point, the judge will explain the specifics of the crime charged, and will discuss whether a court-appointed attorney needs to be made available.

During the next step, misdemeanor criminal defendants will attend a pretrial hearing known as the “pretrial examination.” At this stage, the accused will enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty,” and the judge may immediately enter a sentence against a defendant who opts to plead guilty. For those choosing to plead not guilty, a trial date will be set at this hearing.

Assuming the defendant has pleaded not guilty, both sides (prosecution and defense) will prepare for the upcoming trial. As time progresses, the prosecution may offer a plea bargain, which the defendant is under no obligation to accept. Once the trial date arrives, the prosecution will work to prove each element of the misdemeanor criminal charge, and the defense will combat these allegations with various defensive strategies depending on the unique facts of the case.

If you have been charged with a crime in any Michigan District Court, immediately call the Law Offices of Martin Lievois for crucial advice as to how to proceed.  In Troy Michigan at 248-419-1566.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Driver's License Suspensions and Revocations in Michigan

What are the differences between driver's license suspensions and revocations?

Driving, while often considered a right by the general population, is actually a privilege which you have to earn and which can be taken away. There are a number of reasons that the state may deprive you of your driver's license, including certain serious traffic violations and/or your unwillingness to comply with certain recommendations or requirements.

Actions that may be taken against you for unsafe driving range from restrictions to revocations. The most serious action is a revocation -- the termination of your license and privilege to operate a motor vehicle. When your license is revoked, you are only eligible to reapply for license restoration after 1 year following a first revocation, and after 5 years for a subsequent revocation within 7 years of a prior revocation. Even after the appropriate time period has elapsed, there is no guarantee that your license will be returned. You must prove that you can be considered a safe driver based upon verifiable evidence and testimony.

A driver's license suspension, on the other hand, is for a shorter period of time and includes both a beginning and an end date. Instead of having to reapply for a license, as after a revocation, the driver is only required to appear at a branch office and pay the reinstatement fee in order to be relicensed. Of course, this presumes that the driver has not violated any driving laws during the period of suspension.

There are also, however, restrictions or suspensions that are considered "indefinite," meaning they will not terminate until so approved by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles or by a court. An example of an "indefinite" suspension would be a suspension imposed for a medical reason. No end date for the suspension is established unless and until the driver provides medical data substantiating that he or she is again fit to drive.

If you, or a loved one, are threatened with license suspension or revocation in the state of Michigan, you should promptly engage the services of an experienced attorney like Martin T. Lievois, who can handle your case with skill and efficiency. He can be reached at 248-419-1566 or 810-250-4550.

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