Eligibility for Driver’s License Reinstatement

Eligibility for Driver’s License Reinstatement

Is your driver’s license restricted or suspended? We want to help you get back on the road! Call our driver’s license restoration attorneys today for a free consultation. We understand that license restrictions significantly affect your everyday life. Not having a valid driver’s license places substantial restrictions on you and creates headaches when you are trying to get to work, school, or even just to your kids’ soccer games! In Michigan, if you have been convicted of a drunk driving offense, attempting to get your driver’s license back can be an extremely intensive and difficult process.

Under Michigan law, if you have been convicted of two or more drunk driving offenses, you are required to request a Driver’s License Restoration Hearing with the Secretary of State Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight.
 

  • If you have been convicted of two drunk driving charges within seven years, you must wait one year from the date of your conviction to apply for your driver’s license.
  • If you have been convicted of three or more drunk driving offenses within ten years, you must wait at least five years from the date of your last conviction to apply for your driver’s license. However, we are able to file your petition six weeks before the date of your eligibility!

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Or, to start the process of getting you back on the road immediately, call us at (616) 608-7149.

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Before you attend the Secretary of State Driver’s License Restoration Hearing, meet with an attorney for help compiling your packet of evidence.

Secretary of State Driver’s License Restoration Hearing

Prior To Your Hearing

Before you attend the Secretary of State Driver’s License Restoration Hearing we will compile and submit a packet of “evidence.” This packet of evidence is submitted to the Secretary of State along with your request for a hearing to have your license reinstated. This packet must include:

  • A Substance Use Evaluation – This must be completed by a licensed substance abuse counselor on the approved Secretary of State form. Our office works with licensed substance abuse counselors across the state and can help you find the best assessor!
  • Letters of Support – These letters can come from family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers who can attest to your sobriety.
  • 10 Panel Drug Screen – This drug screen must be completed and include specific variables that meet the Secretary of State’s requirements. (Don’t worry, we can help find a testing location close to you that knows exactly what you need!)
  • SOS 257 Form – This is your actual request for a hearing petition. This petition needs to include all correct information, including your substance abuse history, driving history, and your history of sobriety.

Attending the Hearing

Many individuals believe they have to go to court and testify in front of a judge to get their license back. This is generally not true. The Secretary of State Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight are responsible for conducting the Driver’s License Restoration Hearings. These hearings are conducted in front of a Hearing Officer. This Hearing Officer will ask you questions and interview you to determine your sobriety and whether or not you may re-offend by drinking and driving again.

Our experienced attorneys can help prepare you for the questions the Hearing Officer will ask you and guide you through the hearing process and the hearing itself, step-by-step, to obtain the most favorable outcome and get you back on the road!

Contact us online or by dialing (616) 608-7149 to schedule a free consultation and start the process to getting you back on the road.

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