Talk to a lawyer now about your Michigan driver's license restoration case by calling (734) 591-0100 or complete a free online evaluation of your driver's license restoration case .

You are not required to hire a lawyer to go before the DLAD, but you definitely do not want to hire the wrong lawyer!

Are you prepared to do this on your own?

Driver's License Restoration at the DLAD

At the Michigan drivers license appeal division, a person may be represented by an attorney, but the revoked driver is not required to have a lawyer at the hearing.

So, should you have an attorney when you appear before the Michigan drivers license appeal board?

Remember that these hearings are conducted in a formal manner, much like a courtroom proceeding. A record is made, recording all verbal testimony, and exhibits and testimonial letters are received by the Hearing Officer. Witnesses may also be called at this hearing, and all parties who offer testimony are required to be placed under oath. This can be a little daunting for some, but Michigan drivers frequently appeal a revocation without an attorney, and the DLAD Hearing Officers will assist the petitioner through some of the formalities.

It is a myth that you always lose your first time around.

Although a person may appear before the DLAD without a lawyer, this is not recommended. A popular myth about Michigan driver's license reinstatement is that a person cannot get the driver's license back after the first year. This is absolutely not true! If a person has worked hard to establish sobriety, if testimonial letters and substance abuse reports are in order, and if the person is well prepared for the hearing, there is no reason why the Hearing Officer will deny the petition to restore the driver's license. But people generally make mistakes when they apply on their own, leading to the myth that everyone is denied on their first application.

We do not recommend that you apply for your license without a GOOD lawyer!

The myth that the DLAD denies every license after the first year has been spawned by motorists who go to the hearing unrepresented, or represented by a lawyer who unfamiliar with the requirements regarding a Michigan driver's license restoration. IF YOU ARE NOT COMPLETELY PREPARED FOR THE HEARING, YOU WILL LOSE THE HEARING. Preparation is critical, and even if a person has maintained sobriety and has positive reports and good letters, the petitioner maintains the heavy burden of proving his or her case by clear and convincing evidence. A good driver license restoration lawyer is critical in this respect.

When you go unprepared, or if an unqualified lawyer hurts your case...

If you do not hire a Michigan driver's license restoration lawyer, you save the money you would have spent on that attorney. But on the other hand, even if you can afford to wait another year or two before you get a license, the damage that you can do to your own case might make it much more difficult for the lawyer to actually win your license restoration hearing. Our advice is to hire the best lawyer you can afford before conflicting testimonial evidence, conflicting dates and conflicting reports create additional problems.

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If You Are Searching for Experienced Michigan Drivers License Restoration Lawyers . . .

If you are seeking a qualified Michigan driver's license restoration lawyer to represent you at the DLAD, please complete our free on-line evaluation form or call our office at (888) 941-1122 or locally at (734) 591-0100 .

We can provide you with the highest quality representation in your driver's license restoration case. Mr. Maze is one of Michigan's leading drunk driving defense lawyers with a national reputation. He is a published author, serves on the board of directors for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, frequently lectures on relevant areas of law, and he has handled more than a thousand cases.

We have established a method that has resulted in a 100% success rate for first time applicants and a 97% success rate for motorists who have unsuccessfully sought to obtain their driving privileges without our assistance in the past, whether it was on their own or through another law firm. If you want to know more about our experience in handling driver's license restoration cases or what you might expect in your case, call our office and schedule an appointment today!