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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....especially to pay for traffic tickets and attorneys. I get it. But if you have decided to start fresh in a state other than Michigan and before you moved you failed to clear up your revoked/suspended license you have a decision to make; that is, if you want to drive legally wherever you live.

First, only the State of Michigan can restore your driving privileges. As a license restoration attorney practicing in Flint Michigan, I hear shock and dismay from the people who come to this realization.

Secondly, you need to decide, "Do i go to Michigan for an in person hearing or do i do an administrative review?". Although the money aspect would dictate the decision to stay put and attempt to regain driving privileges by the write in method; when you become aware that the percentage of successful "write in" (administrative reviews) is 25% or 1 out of 4. Those odds suck!! In contrast, my success rate of in person hearings is closer to 98%.

Moreover when one considers the economic drain of not having transportation, or perhaps "paying" someone to drive them around, etc., the "cost" of NOT arranging for an "in person" hearing may very well be more expensive than the cost of coming into Michigan to conduct the hearing. 

Third, you only get one hearing attempt per year. So, if you need a license and cannot afford to lose and wait another year, and/or risk driving and getting caught and possibly going to jail, then the decision becomes more clear.

I specialize in this area and have streamlined the process. Yes, you will have to come to Michigan. Twice. But i give you plenty of notice so as to make appropriate arrangements. Both visits to Michigan, the first, to complete all the statutory requirements needed to submit the petition, and the second, to conduct the hearing, are one day visits. Actually, the first visit can be wrapped up in a half day and you can be on your way back home in the afternoon.

Regarding the hearing day, the DAAD (Driver Assessment and Appeals Division) sets these times and day and we have no control over that process. So the hearing could be on any work day and can be in the morning or as late as 4:00pm. But the bottom line is that you can go home the same day.

Last but not least, perhaps the biggest difference between living in state or out is the relief asked for!! Now, getready to get excited. That's right. Because the fact of the matter is, that if you live in Michigan and ask for driving privileges and win, 99.9% of the time you will have to have to have an interlock device installed in your vehicle and you then have to blow into it to start your vehicle and the device stays on the vehicle for a whole year. Then youhave to have another hearing after the year is past. Conversely, if you are out of state and petition Michigan DAAD for privileges, what you get at the end of the hearing is a "clearance". What that means is that at the end of the process you get full privileges with no strings attached. No interlock, no second hearing, no hiring an attorney twice...when you get on that plane to go home, you get on with a full drivers license clearance. Which means you can go to the DMV in the state you live and get a full license without restrictions.

Martin Lievois, attorney at law specializes in license restoration. Get it done right the first time, call in Flint at 810-232-3223.

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