Not having a driver’s license in Northern Michigan makes life extremely difficult. We lack public transportation and nearly everyone is reliant on their own vehicles to get to work, school, appointments and countless other everyday activities. There are many reasons a person may not have a driver’s license but the most common reason we encounter is having two or more alcohol related convictions within a seven year period. If you are convicted of two alcohol and driving related convictions within seven years the Secretary of State will revoke your license and deny you reinstatement for a minimum period of time. The minimum period of time can range from one to five years. If you have two convictions within seven years, you must wait one year before you are eligible to apply. If you have three or more convictions within ten years, you must wait five years.
Once the minimum period of time has passed you must apply to the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight (also known as the Administrative Hearings Section "AHA" and formerly known as the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division "DAAD") in order to be considered for driver’s license reinstatement. It is a common misconception that you will automatically get your driver’s license back after a period of time. This is not the case with people who the Secretary of State have classified as habitual offenders.
We specialize in helping people get their driving privileges reinstated. We know how important it is to be able to drive, particularly living in Benzie county. Getting your driver’s license reinstated is a process that requires close attention to detail and ensuring proper client preparation. Hearing Officers are notoriously tricky and without the aid of a skilled attorney you may inadvertently find yourself doing damage to your case.