Drunk Driving and Driver’s License Suspension in Michigan

In Michigan, most people who are pulled over on suspicion of DUI or drunk driving are most concerned about fines, and the possibility they may go to jail if convicted. What many motorists don’t think about – or perhaps don’t even know – is that even before being convicted, their driver’s license may be suspended. Michigan drivers license reinstatement attorneys realize that in the long run, this can be one of the most serious penalties of all, considering having the privilege to drive is necessary to attend work, school, and important events.

A few weeks ago, a Troy man who is 78 years old was arrested after being stopped for suspicion of drunk driving. Police allege the elderly man did not stop at a red light, and continued driving for several blocks before stopping for police. While officers suspected the man was intoxicated due to his slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and the strong odor of alcohol, the suspect admitted he had been drinking since earlier in the afternoon. The stop took place at around 11 p.m., according to a news article at The News-Herald. The man was taken to the Trenton Jail, where chemical tests determined his BAC to be .15%, nearly double the legal limit of 0.08% in Michigan.

Understandably, no one wants to face potential jail time, substantial fines, and the possibility of increased auto insurance rates. However, a suspended driver’s license impacts a person’s life far more than he/she can imagine. Even for a first-time offense, an individual will have his/her license suspended for 30 days. After the initial 30 day period, the offender’s driving privilege will be restricted for 150 days, or about 5 months.

In order to have your driving privilege restored, it is necessary to attend a DAAD hearing (Driver Assessment and Appeal Division). There are certain things you must prove at this hearing in order to obtain a good outcome, so it is critical you have a capable and experienced Michigan drivers license restoration lawyer to help guide you through the process.

We all take having the privilege to drive for granted. For most, running errands, going to the corner convenience store, driving to and from work or school, playing “chauffeur” for our children as they go from one activity or practice to another – these things are no big deal. When you lose your privilege to drive, it definitely IS a big deal.

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