Why is a MI driver’s license appeal so difficult to win? – Michigan License Appeal Lawyer

MI driver's license appeal
Why is a MI driver’s license appeal so difficult to win? This article explains why the MI SOS has made the appeal process so challenging.

If you have lost your license because of multiple drinking and driving offenses, you may have heard that it is difficult to win your MI driver’s license appeal.   This article will explain why.

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Michigan Driver’s License Appeal – The most important key to winning your license hearing

Michigan driver's license appeal
When you work toward and maintain your sobriety you lay the foundation for the facts needed to win your Michigan driver’s license appeal hearing. Sobriety then, is the key factor in winning your license back.

Author – James E. Czarnecki

In a Michigan Driver’s License Appeal there is one key that is the most important path to winning the license restoration hearing – your sobriety.

The Administrative Rules require absolute sobriety.  Please take note of the requirements of Administrative Rule 13:

“(a) The hearing officer shall not order that a license be issued to the petitioner unless the petitioner proves, by clear and convincing evidence, all of the following: (i) That the petitioner’s alcohol or substance abuse problems, if any, are under control and likely to remain under control. (ii) That the risk of the petitioner repeating his or her past abusive behavior is a low or minimal risk.”

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“Before ordering that a license be issued to the petitioner, the hearing officer shall require that the petitioner prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that he or she has completely abstained from the use of alcohol and controlled substances, except for controlled substances prescribed by a licensed health care professional, for a period of not less than 6 consecutive months or has abstained for a period of not less than 12 consecutive months if the evidence considered at the hearing establishes that a longer period of abstinence is necessary.”

Administrative Rule 13

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License Restoration in Michigan – The steps you should take to get your license back.

Cutting through the red tape of Michigan driver's license restoration
Let CZARNECKI & TAYLOR cut through the red tape of the Michigan driver’s license restoration process for you.

This article describes the steps you should take in the Michigan license restoration process.  In Michigan, if you are convicted of two drinking and driving offenses within 7 seven years, or 3 within 10 years, your license will be revoked.  If you have a “2 within 7” you lose your license for a year.  A “3 within 10” results in a 5 year revocation.  You will have to appeal to the Driver’s Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) to get your license back.

Losing your license is a burden.  You cannot drive anywhere you want to go, at least not legally.  If you are caught driving while your license is revoked you will have to wait for the original revocation time to end and then serve a “like kind” revocation of 1 or 5 years.  Also, your loss of driving privileges is not only a burden on you but on family and friends as well.  They have to become your taxi.  Life gets seriously complicated without a license.

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