Thursday, June 1, 2023

What Are Some “Collateral Consequences” of a Drunk Driving Conviction in Michigan?

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What are less obvious “collateral” consequences of an OWI conviction? What else can you expect to suffer with a first-offense OWI in Michigan?  Here’s several
potential consequences a person might face:

 

·      Insurance Premium Increases or Coverage Denial;

·      Immigration Issues, including the possibility of deportation; 

·      International Travel, including the ability to travel to Canada;

·      Handgun Carry Permit (“CPL”) Revocation or Denial;

·      Employment/Professional Licensing Issues;

·      Vehicle Immobilization, Forfeiture or Plate Confiscation; and

·      Specialized License (Commercial “CDL”, Chauffer’s, Graduated Licenses) Revocation or Denial.  

 

Learn more about collateral consequences of a drunk driving conviction in Michigan here.


If you’re looking for a skilled drunk driving defense attorney in Ann Arbor after a DUI related arrest, please call for a consultation at (734) 263-2780, or visit us online at GLGMichigan.com. We’re available 24/7, and are fully committed to providing personal attention, personal options and personal justice to every single client we represent. 

Monday, May 15, 2023

How to Get a “Hold” Removed From Your Out-of-State License

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Residents from other states must apply to have the “hold”/revocation removed, and that application process goes through the Michigan Secretary of State Administrative Hearing Section (AHS), previously known as the Driver’s Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD).  You can choose to either proceed with an Administrative Hearing (where you won’t be required to come back to Michigan but instead submit paperwork to AHS), or via a Video/Live Hearing conducted in Michigan. Under either option, you’ll want to consult with a Michigan license appeals attorney, 
not one from your new state. 

Daniel T. Geherin, of Geherin Law Group PLLC. and MiLicenseLawyer.com, has been a license appeals specialist for over 20 years.  Dan has conducted over 1,000 license reinstatement hearings at DAAD/AHS, and has appeared before every Hearing Judge on multiple occasions.  Day in and day out, he helps out-of-state residents remove the “holds” from their license.  He’s helped over 300 clients in the last decade with license reinstatement in Michigan!


Learn how you can remove a “hold” on your out-of-state license here.


If you’re an out-of-state resident who has a “hold” on your Michigan driver’s license (i.e., your Michigan privileges have been revoked), please contact us today to help get your license reinstatement in Michigan at the Geherin Law Group (734) 263-2780. 


Monday, May 1, 2023

How Does An Out-Of-State Resident Remove A Michigan Driver’s License "Hold"?

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You may decide to leave Michigan, especially if you’ve had your driver’s license revoked due to repeat OWI or other criminal convictions.  The thinking and logic work like this:  I can move away from my troubles, and get a license in another state like California, Ohio, or Colorado.  Unfortunately, that logic and thinking doesn’t always work.  Most often, out-of-state residents can’t get licensed in a new state because of the “hold” placed on them by the Michigan Secretary of State.

Every day, people from all over the country call our firm and ask these questions:


“What do I have to do to remove my Michigan driver’s license hold?”

“Do I have to come back to Michigan to handle this?”

“Do I need an attorney in Michigan for this, or in my new state?”

“Once Michigan removes my hold, will I be able to get a license in my new state?”


Learn how you can remove a “hold” on your out-of-state license here.


If you’re an out-of-state resident who has a “hold” on your Michigan driver’s license (i.e., your Michigan privileges have been revoked), please contact us today to help get your license reinstatement in Michigan at the Geherin Law Group (734) 263-2780. 

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Am I eligible for driver’s license reinstatement after driving while license has been revoked?

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When you have your license revoked—typically after a repeat drunk driving conviction—you have no privileges whatsoever.  You must apply to have your license reinstated through the Michigan Secretary of State, which is often a confusing, time-consuming and an expensive endeavor. What do many Michigan revoked drivers continue to do? They continue to drive while their license is revoked!

A significant percentage of people who have had their privileges revoked continue to drive, and continue to get pulled over and arrested, cited for driving while revoked. They then enter what Dan refers to as “The Vicious Circle.” Why? Because each time a revoked driver is cited for driving without privileges, the Michigan Secretary of State matches the previous period of revocation (called a “like-kind revocation”) and “piggy-backs” that time on top of their eligibility. 


Learn more about what happens when you drive while your license is revoked here.


If you’ve been driving with a revoked license and seeking your driver’s license restoration in Michigan, and need assistance, please call for a consultation at (734) 263-2780. We’re available 24/7, and are fully committed to providing personal attention, personal options and personal justice to every single client we represent. 


Saturday, April 1, 2023

Driving While License Revoked: The Vicious Circle

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Each day, Dan takes calls from clients who have been charged with Driving While License Revoked, and are facing “The Vicious Circle.”  They ask these questions:

“What are the courtroom consequences for Driving While License Revoked?” 


“Is there any way to defend this charge and prevent the “like” revocation?”

When will I be eligible to seek restoration of my license and end the “vicious circle?”


Driving while license is revoked as a first offense is a misdemeanor offense carrying the possibility of 93 days in jail.  While most judges don’t impose jail time on these offenses—especially for first-offenses—some judges grow fed up with this offense and do jail offenders who shouldn’t be on the road.  Second offenses carry up to one year in jail, and injuring or killing another while driving with a revoked license is a felony offense. 


Learn more about what happens when you drive while your license is revoked here.


If you’ve been driving with a revoked license and seeking your driver’s license restoration in Michigan, and need assistance, please call for a consultation at (734) 263-2780. We’re available 24/7, and are fully committed to providing personal attention, personal options and personal justice to every single client we represent. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions When it Comes to Ignition Interlock Devices

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Dan and his team frequently get calls from clients who worked really hard to back their driving privileges following a conviction for OWI, only to quickly lose them again for an Ignition Interlock Device violation.  This is especially true for people who “blew numbers” on the device. We’ve received calls like:

“I used mouthwash (or ate food, or chewed gum, or used cough syrup) just before blowing into the Ignition Interlock Device, and blew a false positive; what should I do?”

“I don’t know what caused the device to lock me out; what are my options?”

“I drank last night, and thought I would be fine by morning; am I in trouble?”

Learn more about how to prove a false positive on your ignition interlock device here.

If you’ve received notice of an Ignition Interlock Violation for a false positive or need help with your driver’s license reinstatement in Ann Arbor, and need assistance, please call for a consultation at (734) 263-2780, or visit us online at GLGMichigan.com. We’re available 24/7, and are fully committed to providing personal attention, personal options and personal justice to every single client we represent. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

What if I have a false positive on my Ignition Interlock Device?

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Test failures, tampering, or other BAIID-related violations may result in an extension of the time before you can ask for another driver license appeal hearing, or may require your original license revocation/denial be reinstated.  If there are alcohol readings or other BAIID violations after the device is installed, the BAIID vendor will report them to the Secretary of State. In those instances, a re-revocation is almost guaranteed. 
 

Often times, you’ll be informed of violations without intentionally doing anything wrong, or without knowledge of specific violation. For example, you might be served a violation notice for “Tampering” with the BAIID while the car was in the service repair shop.  Other times, drivers are truly innocent (perhaps food or mouthwash caused the violation), but they don’t know how or where to prove their innocence. As a result, the Interlock violation can often be defended or mitigated at hearing. 

Learn more about how to prove a false positive on your ignition interlock device here.

If you’ve received notice of an Ignition Interlock Violation for a false positive or need help with your driver’s license reinstatement in Ann Arbor, and need assistance,  please call for a consultation at (734) 263-2780, or visit us online at GLGMichigan.com. We’re available 24/7, and are fully committed to providing personal attention, personal options and personal justice to every single client we represent.