Why Taking a Do-it-Yourself Approach to Michigan Driver’s License Restoration is a Bad Idea

You can take a “do-it-yourself” approach to getting your driver’s license reinstated when it has been suspended, but it’s really a bad idea. In the majority of cases, filing a Michigan driver’s license restoration appeal without the benefit of an experienced attorney ends up in a loss. What happens next? What should have happened in the first place – you end up looking for an attorney to help you appeal. However, once you’ve lost in your DAAD License Hearing, it’s nearly impossible for even an attorney to get your license reinstated.

Why? When you lose your Driver Assessment and Appeal Division license hearing, your testimony and other necessary documentation (substance abuse evaluation, letters of support, etc.) are locked in to the evidence. Upon an additional appeal to the court by your attorney, all that will be done is a brief review of the evidence already filed in the DAAD appeal and the hearing transcript; this review is performed to determine if there may have been a legal error – which there rarely is.

Essentially, you’ve wasted your money taking the “do-it-yourself” approach to have your license reinstated, you still don’t have a valid driver’s license, and you will not be able to appeal for another year. Unfortunately, when individuals decide to “play” lawyer in order to avoid spending the money to hire a capable Michigan driver’s license reinstatement attorney, they basically end up throwing what money they do spend away. Unless you possess incredible legal knowledge regarding the countless rules and procedures that apply when filing an appeal, you’re wasting your time, energy and money.


As trusted Michigan DAAD hearing attorneys, we work with clients on a one-on-one basis in order to ensure all documents are prepared correctly and that all is in order so that you have the best possible chance of winning. We understand how complex the process is, and what is at stake. If you are considering a do-it-yourself approach, don’t. What will likely happen is that you will go for another full year without driving privileges. Contact a competent, experienced lawyer with a 95% success rate in driver’s license restoration.