Lawyers for Driver’s License Suspensions & Appeals

Man in a suit handing car keys back to someone after they restored their driver's licenseThe legal team at Kelly & Kelly, P.C. is well versed in handling cases involving Michigan driver’s license restoration, appeals and disciplinary proceedings. If you are faced with charges that may dramatically influence your life, such as restricting your ability to drive or impacting your ability to keep your job, you want an attorney you can trust. You want an attorney who will be on your side and who will protect your rights. You want a team of lawyers who know the ins-and-outs of the legal system. You want an attorney who will listen and who can ensure that you get fair treatment according to your unique circumstances. You want a Kelly & Kelly attorney.

Ignition Interlock Device

Woman in her vehicle blowing on a ignition interlock device to test her blood alcohol level.An ignition interlock device (IID) is also known as a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID). In short, this device serves as a “breathalyzer” inside a vehicle in which the driver is required to blow into the mouthpiece in order to start the engine. These devices are often installed in a driver’s vehicle as a result of a drunk driving offense.

Drivers who receive a IID violation, are likely to have driving privileges revoked/denied; however, the revocation of driving privileges can be appealed in court. According to the Michigan Secretary of State,

“Operators who receive an ignition interlock violation resulting in a reinstatement of a revocation/denial of driving privileges may appeal the violation.  Any appeal is due within 14 days of the effective date of the reinstatement. Note – an additional suspension due to an ignition interlock violation while on a High Bac restricted license is not appealable to the Department.”

If you receive a violation of your ignition interlock device, it’s important to speak with a Michigan criminal law attorney who understands your options, and the appeals process.

Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Appeal

Paper copy of a legal document that's titled Appeal of Suspension, Revocation, or Denial of Driver's License from the State of Michigan Judicial Circuit County

Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Appeals are handled by the Circuit Court. All requests must be submitted in writing to the State of Michigan and several documents are required for processing this request. It’s important to note, that any small errors within the appeal will likely result in denial.

A request for reinstatement of driving privileges starts with an Administrative Hearing with the Michigan Department of State Driver’s License and Appeal Division (DLAD) of the Secretary of State.

If denied the reinstatement of restricted or full driving privileges, you may Appeal that determination to the Circuit Court requesting a hearing with a Circuit Court Judge and a representative of the Secretary of State (Michigan Attorney General’s Office) to challenge the DLAD Hearing Officer’s decision.

Please note, not all DLAD decisions are appealable to Circuit Court, so it is important to first consult with a knowledgeable Michigan License Restoration Attorney who can properly advise you if your case is appealable and what steps must be taken to achieve success.

This process is the only way to restore your license in Michigan; It’s highly recommended that you do not attempt this appeal by yourself.

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Criminal Defense Attorney Mike Kelly

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