A PERSONAL APPROACH
FRANK B. FORD
Attorney and Counselor at Law
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driver's license restoration
If you have gotten two drunk driving convictions within seven years, your Michigan driver’s license is revoked.
- To get back your driver’s license, you have to go through a process that includes a hearing at the Michigan Secretary of State, Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD), an office which is usually referred to by it old name, which is Driver License Appeal Division (DLAD).
- For much of Southeast Michigan, those hearing are held at an office in Livonia. There are other locations in the surrounding area, but those are video sites, with the Hearing Officer usually in Livonia.
The Secretary of State does not make it easy on you if you are trying to get back a license.
- You have to overcome a presumption that you are a “habitual violator” of the drunk driving laws.
- You have to present “clear and convincing evidence” to make the Hearing Officer accept the idea that the Secretary of State should give you back any driving privileges.
Frank B. Ford can help you prepare, so you will look your best once you are in the DLAD hearing.
- Mr.Ford will meet with you to explain the process.
- He will get background information from you so he will understand what brought you to the point of losing your license, that is, what was going on in your life back at the time of your arrests.
- He will also discuss with you what measures you have taken to address any alcohol or other substance issues you have had, such as counseling or support group activities. (Keep in mind, there are no magic bullets to getting a license back, and there are many misconceptions of what is required to get a license back.)
- Mr.Ford will also discuss with you the requirement of what are called “community supports”, which are mostly letters from people you know. These letters are absolutely critical to your success at DLAD, and Mr.Ford will spend a great deal of time helping you understand what topics need to be covered in the letters.
- Before a Request for Hearing is sent to DLAD, Mr.Ford will review all of the information being submitted, to make sure it is clear and complete.
- At the hearing, Mr.Ford will guide you through your testimony, so you are sure to testify on all the points that need to be covered. This is a very individualized part of the process, and results in an effective presentation of your good qualities to the Hearing Officer.
- Mr.Ford also will make a “Closing Argument” to the Hearing Officer, to convince the Hearing Officer that driving privileges should be granted.
Sometimes, a person who has been granted a restricted license by DLAD will be notified that the Secretary of State is considering taking away the driving privileges for some reason.
- They will direct the driver to appear for a “Show Cause Hearing” at DLAD to see what should be done. Mr.Ford can assist you in a hearing of this kind.
- The issues in such a hearing are often related to “dirty blows” on the breath interlock in the driver’s vehicle. If there are explanations for those blows, Mr.Ford will be able to help you present the information to the Hearing Officer to try to prevent the Secretary of State from taking away your restricted license.
When a person has successfully been on a restricted license for a period of time, they will come to a point at which the Secretary of State will consider giving them back a full license.
- Mr.Ford can help at that stage, also, even if he did not represent you in your previous hearing or hearings at the Secretary of State.
The same patience and dedication of time that Mr.Ford gives to each drunk driving case he handles is also evident in how he prepares for a DLAD hearing. He will get to know you and your background, your accomplishments, and your goals for the future, so all this can be effectively presented to the Hearing Officer.