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Driver's License Restoration

Background - Ann Arbor, MI - Washtenaw County

Many criminal convictions entered in Washtenaw County and throughout the state of Michigan will require suspension or revocation of a person's driver license. Whether it is a felony or misdemeanor conviction, most criminal traffic offenses mandate a suspension of 3 or more months or a permanent license revocation. Sometime non-driving convictions also require a driver license suspension. Losing a driver's license can create a significant hardship on people who rely on their driver's license every day to get to work, school, doctor's appointments, and the grocery store. While the best way to retain driving privileges is by successfully challenging the criminal charge that will lead to the license suspension or revocation, it is also possible to retain skilled legal counsel to get your license privileges reinstated.

Many people who lose their driver's license simply have to pay driver responsibility fees or court fines in order to get their license back. Other people may have to serve a minimum suspension period before becoming eligible to regain driving privileges. Some people may be eligible to obtain a driver's license but don't know how to navigate the process. These are the type of people who can benefit from a skilled attorney in Washtenaw County to regain their driver's license.

There are essentially two types of license appeals. A person can file an appeal to the Secretary of State for license reinstatement on certain types of cases. Alternatively, a person can file an appeal to the Washtenaw County Circuit Court on other types of cases. There may be options in your particular case and it is important to consult with an attorney that is skilled in driver's license reinstatement before deciding on how to proceed with a driver's license appeal.

It is important to realize that in 1999, the state legislature eliminated many of the appeal rights of people who have a suspended or revoked license. The law changed drastically by providing the Secretary of State increased control and review of individual driver's licenses. Before the change in the law, the local circuit court had jurisdiction to review a person's driving record and license status and grant a driver's license to a Washtenaw County resident. After 1999, the appeal process became much more restrictive. Seeking reinstatement of your driver's license after a criminal conviction now requires a thorough understanding of the driver license laws and processes involved. People who try to get their license reinstatement without understanding these laws may end up causing more damage to their license status and prolonging the period they will be without a driver license. An investment in skilled and experienced legal counsel for your driver license appeal will be an investment in your future and your ability to travel freely throughout the state.