Friday, September 7, 2018

Lost Your Driver’s License? 4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Attorney

When a criminal arrest or conviction threatens your license, you need an attorney who not only handles criminal defense but also specializes in license cases. Your attorney should review your driving record, determine when and where you’re eligible for relief, and draft a plan to quickly restore your license. To help determine the best Michigan license attorney, please ask these questions:

  • “Are you a driver’s license specialist?”
  • “What is your success rate at the Secretary of State over the past 10 or 20 years?”
  • “Can you show me statistics to support your claimed success of restoring licenses?”
  • “Will you look at my MI Driving Record free of charge to see if you can help?”

If you’re looking for an attorney with extensive license restoration experience… Read more.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Lost Your Driver’s License in Michigan? Don’t Navigate the Maze Alone!

It’s easy to take for granted the true benefit of a driver’s license---until you lose it. Driving to work or school; providing for your family; running everyday errands; these freedoms can be pulled out from under you like a rug if you’re charged with drunk driving offenses, accumulate too many points, get convicted of drug offenses, or are charged with refusing a breath test in the State of Michigan.

Once a license is suspended or revoked, the following questions begin to sink in:

  • “When can I get my lost MI driver’s license restored?”
  • “How do I navigate the red tape of the Michigan Secretary of State?”
  • “Are there any Michigan Attorneys who specialize in license restoration?”

Read more.

Monday, July 16, 2018

HOW CAN I LIVE WITHOUT A DRIVER’S LICENSE?

When a criminal arrest or conviction threatens your license, you need an attorney who not only handles criminal defense but also specializes in license cases.  To help determine the best driver’s license reinstatement attorney in Ann Arbor, please ask these questions:

“Are you also a driver’s license specialist, or just a criminal attorney?”

“What is your success rate at the Secretary of State over the past 10 or 20 years?”

“How often do you appear before the Secretary of State Hearing Judges?”

Read more.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

CAN A CRIMINAL OFFENSE OR CONVICTION THREATEN YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE?

One of the “forgotten” consequences of a criminal case is the possible effect on a person’s driver’s license.  After all, even an arrest for a DUI can lead to a lengthy license suspension.  A conviction for DUI (not to mention a second or subsequent offense) might lead to a person’s license being REVOKED for many years.  Even point accumulation, drug offenses, and other traffic offenses can result in significant loss of driving privileges in the State of Michigan.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

NAVIGATING THE WATERS OF LICENSE REINSTATEMENT IN ANN ARBOR

To determine the best license reinstatement attorney in Ann Arbor, be sure to ask these questions:

“Are you also a driver’s license specialist, or just a criminal attorney?”

“How often do you conduct Implied Consent hearings?”

“If I need you to go to Circuit Court with me for a license appeal, what is your experience and success rate in those proceedings?”

Dan is a driver’s license specialist.  Dan has been recognized by his peers as an expert in driver’s license reinstatement cases.  He has an unparalleled 20-year track record of restoring licenses for drivers all over the State of Michigan, and he has close to a 98% success rate in appeal hearings at the Secretary of State Administrative Hearing Section. For years, he has taught other attorneys on how to navigate the red tape of the Secretary of State, and has been a lecturer, author, and moderator at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) regarding license appeals.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

LICENSE REINSTATEMENT: WHAT HAPPENS IF I REFUSE A BREATH OR BLOOD TEST FOLLOWING A DUI ARREST IN ANN ARBOR?

For the last 20+ years, when my phone rings in the middle of the night, these are the most common questions I get asked by clients who have been arrested for drunk driving:

“Should I refuse the breath or blood test?”

“Will it affect my license reinstatement?”

There is no quick or easy answer to this question.  If a driver refuses the roadside, preliminary test offered by the police officer (called a Preliminary Breath Test, or PBT), the consequence is typically a civil infraction and fine.  However, if a driver refuses the “official” breath test at the police station (called a DataMaster Test), the consequence is typically an “Implied Consent Violation” which can result in a 1-year license suspension.  The same holds true for a Blood Test; a refusal can trigger a lengthy license suspension.  Read more.