What You Need To Prove at Your DAAD/DLAD Hearing


In order to have your driver's license reinstated in Michigan, you must request a hearing before the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) of the Michigan Secretary of State. If your license was suspended or revoked because of multiple DUI/OWI or drug-related offenses, the examiner in charge of the hearing will assume that you have a problem with alcohol or drugs. It is your burden to convince the examiner that you are now sober and that you will not pose a significant risk if you are back behind the wheel.

Proving Your Sobriety

At the DAAD hearing, the examiner will look for:

  • evidence that your use of alcohol or drugs is now under control
  • evidence that you are now motivated and able to follow the law as you drive
  • evidence that the risk of a relapse on your part is small.

The Michigan driver's license restoration attorneys at Grabel & Associates have represented hundreds of clients at DAAD/DLAD hearings. We offer a free initial consultation: contact one of our lawyers today to find out how we can help you succeed the first time around!

Michigan drivers can get only one DAAD hearing per year; in other words, if you are unsuccessful in proving your case at a hearing, you will have to wait a whole year before you get to try again. That is why it is crucial to prepare as thoroughly as possible for your hearing. The attorneys at Grabel & Associates can help you prepare to testify effectively and help you gather and present all the additional evidence required for license restoration (such as letters of recommendation, a 10-panel drug screen, and a substance abuse evaluation). A Grabel & Associates attorney can guide you through the process and ensure that you get your driver's license reinstated, and get you back on the road.

Proven Results

The attorneys at Grabel & Associates have an outstanding record of success in helping clients get their driver's licenses restored. Our attention to detail and our efficient and thorough preparation are backed by a written guarantee.

Our initial consultation is free, we are accessible 24/7, and we accept all credit cards.

Grabel & Associates represents clients at DAAD hearings across the entire state of Michigan. Don't risk your license by going alone; rely, instead, on our in-depth knowledge of Michigan's DUI laws and our extensive record of appearances in front of every hearing officer throughout the state.

For a free consultation, contact us by calling 1-800-677-9795 (toll free) or filling out and submitting our online "Contact Us" form. The attorneys at Grabel & Associates serve clients in communities across Michigan, including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Saginaw, Ann Arbor, Detroit and all of Northern Michigan.

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.