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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Driver's License Restoration: What You Need to Know Concerning the Hearing

If you have a revoked driver’s license due to multiple DUIs, it is useful to know what to anticipate at your Michigan driver's license restoration hearing. The hearing is similar to a trial. Testimony and evidence is submitted to a hearing officer who will determine whether you can drive again. If you have an attorney, he or she can make opening and closing arguments. This is your lawyer's chance to make a compelling, cogent argument on your behalf. Further, your attorney will ask you questions so that you can testify about why you should be allowed to drive. The hearing officer will also question you. Your lawyer will submit all of the supporting evidence such as your treatment records-Alcoholics Anonymous sign-in sheets, letters of sobriety and your substance abuse evaluation.
Now let’s focus on something critical to your success: Your testimony in front of the hearing officer.
Before the hearing, you’ll want to give a good deal of thought and preparation to your testimony. Your attorney can assist you in this area.
When you testify, this is your opportunity to stand out. Anticipate to testify about your past use of alcohol and drugs. You will also be questioned about any criminal convictions such as DUI’s. You should testify about how long you’ve been sober, alcohol treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous involvement and any life changes that have come with your sobriety.
At the hearing, your lawyer may call witnesses to support your case. As an example, you may want to have someone who knows you tell the hearing officer that you've been sober. You could also call an AA sponsor. An AA sponsor can be very helpful because they can document your sincerity, sobriety and commitment to maintaining your sobriety into the future. Family members can also testify to changes they've observed with you since you’ve been sober. In lieu of presenting testimony, you may submit letters from your witnesses.
It is critical to make the most of your driver's license reinstatement hearing. If you lose, you must wait a year before you can have another hearing. Great preparation and planning before the hearing can lay the groundwork for a successful hearing.

Disclaimer: The information you obtain in this article is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.

Contact attorney Mark Langschied at 248-374-0722