Michigan License Restoration

Monday, July 24, 2017


After many years of conducting DAAD hearings I have come to the belief that "testimonial letters" are the best evidence a petitioner can provide for successful DAAD relief.

It is the rare occasion that I decide to offer in-person testimony at hearings nowadays. The reason is simple, people make mistakes. Especially when confronted with a stressful situation. Hearing officers are a suspicious lot and their job is to ferret out lies and liars.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


In the world of DAAD hearings, "sobriety" is the king of all priorities, however, right below that priority (or perhaps on equal footing with sobriety) is the length of sobriety!

A not so obvious correlation exists between DAAD requirements (rules) and being on probation/parole. Many wanna be petitioners ask me why aren't they eligible to petition for a license, after all, they just served ten years in prison and have successfully completed, say, three out of four years of parole. While the individual may be proud of this accomplishment (and rightfully so), the very problem lies within this "status".

Their thinking is, "I've been in this environment (prison) where no alcohol is allowed and now i am serving out a period of parole without any violations or problems, what is the hang up??" The hang up is this; the DAAD hearing officers look at this situation a bit differently. The thinking goes something like this: While the individual is in prison there are rules governing everything the person does from the time they wake up till the time they go to sleep.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


As a Michigan license restoration lawyer, I cannot tell you the frequency with which I am told by some poor soul, "You know, my last attorney only met me at the hearing!"

This cannot make anybody comfortable, let alone feeling prepared!!

I believe that this is not fair to the client. By the time my clients meet me at the hearing location, we are very well acquainted. We will have met a number of times in the preparation phase, and the petitioner will have a fairly good understanding of how the hearing will be conducted.

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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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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, 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”.

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.

Monday, October 26, 2015


For the most I put stock in the old saying, “You get what you pay for”. This is very true when it comes to the attorney/client relationship.

In light of the fact that, “you don’t know what you don’t know”, the petitioner’s case is only as good as the attorney’s preparation makes it. If the attorney misses a requirement of the statute or just plain does not prepare the client adequately, there is very little the client can do to rectify the situation.

And, for the client, they will be unaware of any problems until they get the denial of their petition and it is too late to do anything about it.

Having said that, what should a person pay for a license restoration hearing?? Since there is no “one size fits all” price out there, it really boils down to the difficulty of the particular case. Does the petitioner have many drinking/driving offenses? Does the petitioner have multiple DWLS charges after his license was revoked? Has the petitioner attempted a DAAD hearing already, and failed? How many hearings?

As you can see, there are numerous factors to consider when arriving at a fair price. Furthermore, the above list is only a scratching of the surface when one looks at the big picture.

Suffice it to say that the nuances are varied and the pitfalls are plentiful.

That brings the discussion to another point. Knowing the subject matter inside and out is absolutely necessary for the attorney and this goes without saying. However, an effective representation includes knowledge of not only the law but also of the procedural aspects of the hearing itself and also of the particular hearing officer and his/her idiosyncrasies.

Knowing the hearing officers by name, knowing how they “tick”, knowing the questions they are going to ask, knowing what they want to hear, knowing what the DAAD hearing officer thinks is important and knowing how not to waste the hearing officers time are all critical for the best odds of success.

In my mind,, I am a better attorney than I was 25 years ago. Many beat downs later and many hearings of learning the ropes and getting to know the hearing officers on a personal level, has made me the effective lawyer in this field that I am today.

Unfortunately, for lawyering there is a learning curve. Everyone has to start somewhere and everyone has to make the “rookie” mistakes. When you hire me, all those wrinkles have been ironed out many years ago, now the wrinkles are on my face but the experience is on my resume and for those who are fortunate enough to hire me are those who get the benefit of 26 years of experience.

I know how nerve racking driving without a license can be (in addition to being illegal). I also can imagine how difficult it must be trying to make ends meet without the privilege of being able to drive.

When having driving privileges is essential and losing a DAAD petition is not an option, call the Law Offices of Martin Lievois in Troy at 248-419-1566.

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