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Friday, March 20, 2015

Driver In Deadly Accident Just Had Driver’s License Reinstated

What requirements does Michigan law impose for reinstatement of a revoked or suspended driver's license?

When a driver's license is revoked in Michigan, getting it reinstated can be an arduous and complex process. The driver seeking restoration of his or her license typically must produce extensive documentation and undergo either a hearing or administrative review.

Government caution in reinstating a driver's license might be understood when considering a recent Michigan accident in which a car struck an ambulance carrying a patient to a hospital. The patient, suffering from cardiac arrest, died moments after arriving at the hospital in a replacement ambulance. The driver of the car, Shirley Ann Stokes, and her passenger were killed on impact.

Ms. Stokes, who had a lengthy criminal history, had lost her driver's license but had managed to have it restored. A mere twenty-four hours after the reinstatement of her license, she ran a red light and crashed into the ambulance, causing fatalities and injuries. Speed and alcohol were both suspected factors in the crash, though an investigation is ongoing.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI) and similar charges are serious offenses, and not all who seek reinstatement of a suspended or revoked license are eligible. Once eligibility is established, a petitioner must submit paperwork to the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD), including an affidavit and supporting exhibits and evidence. He or she may have to testify at a hearing or await administrative review of the petition. There must be clear and convincing evidence that the petitioner has met the requirements essential to reinstatement of a license.

If you find yourself in need of having a suspended or revoked license restored, having knowledgeable counsel at your side may make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful petition. Michigan attorney Martin T. Lievois has more than 20 years of experience handling license restoration, drunk driving cases and criminal law. With offices in Troy and Flint, he and his staff are ready to assist you. Call today at (248)419-1566 or (810)250-4550 for a free phone consultation.

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