Michigan Habitual Offender License Appeal Attorneys

In Michigan, a person who has several convictions, which are drug or alcohol related, may be referred to as a "habitual offender." This status often results in license suspension or revocation. As experienced driver's license restoration attorneys, we realize that you may have many questions or concerns regarding your driving privilege, and whether it may be restored. Below you will find pertinent information regarding habitual offender license suspension/revocation and the appeal of your driver's license status.

Under Michigan law, the Secretary of State is required to deny a driver's license for an individual whose license has been suspended/revoked due to habitual offender status until that individual meets specific conditions. If you have been convicted of DUI twice within seven years, or three times within a ten-year time period, you are considered a habitual offender.

Those who are considered habitual DUI offenders in Michigan will receive notice when eligible to apply for re-licensure through application with the DAAD (Driver Assessment and Appeal Division). This hearing is complex, and not a guarantee that you will regain your driving privilege. At this hearing, the individual whose license has been revoked will be required to provide documentation regarding sobriety, a substance abuse evaluation, and additional documentation supporting the claim that you will not continue to consume alcohol and operate a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, this hearing is not easy, and the majority of those who appeal the revocation of their license do not succeed due to inadequate proof and/or documentation.

Facts Regarding Habitual Offender Status in Michigan

Individuals whose driver's license has been revoked due to two OWI convictions within a seven-year period or three OWI convictions within a 10-year time frame will not be eligible to apply for a restricted license for a minimum of one year. In the event that your license has been revoked or denied and you are convicted of three OWI's within seven years of a prior revocation, your driver's license will be revoked for a minimum of five years. Requesting a hearing with the DAAD to have your license restored is the only way you may regain your driving privilege, however there is no guarantee your efforts will be successful. This is why it is imperative that you work with a highly experienced and successful Michigan driver's license reinstatement lawyer who has obtained good results for past clients.

Why it is Critical to Consult With a Successful Michigan License Appeal Attorney

Because you have only one opportunity per year to regain your driving privilege through a DAAD hearing, it is vital you have a highly qualified attorney who can guide you through the process and ensure all documentation and necessary information is in order. You must be able to demonstrate that your alcohol or drug dependence issue is under control, and that you are not a risk in terms of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in the future.

If your driver's license has been revoked due to habitual offender status, you know how hard it is to live a normal life without the privilege to drive. Not having a driver's license creates real hardships in terms of work, attending doctor's appointments, running errands, and more. At Grabel & Associates, we are proud of our successful, proven record when it comes to license restoration. Call Michigan habitual offender license appeal lawyer Scott Grabel now regarding your case at 1-800-677-9795 or contact us online now.

Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.