Driver's License Suspensions And Reinstatements

License Reinstatement

Hire a Lawyer who knows how to get your license back! In many cases, getting caught driving while your license has been suspended or revoked is a misdemeanor as well as it delays the reinstatement of your license by one full year. It is also likely to be a violation of any condition of probation you may be living under. First, don't do it. Getting caught can mean long-term revocation on top of other penalties you face. Second, there really is no good reason you should have to. The Michigan DMV allows provisional licenses for individuals who require a license to meet special needs. People who qualify for restricted licenses are allowed driving privileges only to and from your place of employment, religious worship, medical appointments and other special needs your family may have. Those people who qualify for a restricted license can receive it in as little as 60 days and a full license reinstatement within 8 months.

Protecting Your Driving Record And Your License

Most people don't realize it, but traffic law affects our lives every day; more so than probably any other area of our criminal justice system. Every time we get behind the wheel of a car; buckle our kids into the back seat; ride our bicycles; or use a crosswalk, we are placing our safety in the control of traffic regulations that have been passed into law over the previous 100 years or more.

Over the previous 15 years, attorney Steven Howard has seen too many careers ruined and family finances devastated because people charged with DUI/OWI and serious traffic offenses and minor offenses that thought it would be better to simply pay the fine. Don't just pay, hire a lawyer!

A Lawyer Who Knows What's At Stake

Losing your driver's license can mean losing your freedom. In some cases, it may even put your job and family at risk. If you have had your driver's license suspended and need a provisional license or you need to have your revoked license reinstated, Steven is ready to help.

Yes, Protecting Your Driving Privileges Is Important

Maintaining driving privileges and keeping the cost of owning a car affordable is an absolute necessity for a large percentage of us. Facing a serious traffic offense such as DUI or a moving violation can mean possibly losing your driving license and paying a significantly higher car insurance premium on your car. So, if you are ever in doubt whether aggressively defending against a drunk driving charge or fighting a speeding ticket is really worth the legal costs, ask yourself if the alternative will be any less expensive.

Here are some realities of not fighting aggressively to keep your driving record clean:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI/OWI): Pleading guilty to a DUI/OWI means you will have (at least) a misdemeanor on your permanent record. The conviction will certainly affect your reputation and may have consequences for your job choices. In addition to the heavy fine, you will almost certainly suffer a minimum suspension of your driver's license. But it doesn't stop there. You're likely to have auto insurance premiums increase significantly, probably for years, even minor offenses can cost you over $10,000 by way of insurance increases over time. Insurance companies attach their own internal point systems to every offense. One or two points, by their internal system, can considerably raise your premiums to the tune of $1,000 every 6 months for the next 5 years.

If this is not your first-offense DUI, or you had a minor in the car with you, there may be felony charges. A felony conviction — even a plea bargain — often means a minimum prison sentence. When you fight a DUI, you are also fighting for the least possible penalty, in the event you are found guilty.

  • Speeding and reckless driving: By signing the ticket and paying the fine, you are acknowledging your disregard for traffic laws. Insurance companies read that one way: There is a higher probability that your reckless behavior will eventually result in a traffic accident they will have to pay for. The Michigan Department of Motor Vehicles operates a point system against every driver's record. Speeding is generally a two-point penalty, but may be more points for excessive speed and reckless driving. Twelve points against your driving record will mean an automatic license suspension. Even if this is your first ticket in years, even if it's only a few mph over, this can still be seen by the insurance company as a point on your policy. If you have a record of previous tickets, are you willing to continue to bet on your luck? Most insurance companies use their internal point system and based on their system if you receive too many points they can cancel or void your insurance policy. Should you seek another insurance carrier they will run your record and based on their point system can charge you much higher premiums if they decided to insure you at all.

Insurance Companies Keep Their Own Tabs

Even if the DMV doesn't penalize your record after a ticket, many insurers operate their own "points" system. They may determine that any speeding ticket is cause to raise your premiums. Just two tickets in a 5 year period means many insurers will place you in the high-risk pool, refuse to renew the policy or outright cancel/void your policy altogether. This is especially the case if you are under 21. Now imagine the cost if you have to admit to a new insurer that your old company canceled your policy.

Steven has more than 15 years of experience helping fight traffic violations such as:

  • DUI/OWI and related offenses
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving, reckless endangerment
  • Fleeing and alluding

Contact The Law Office In Lansing For A Free Consultation · Se Habla Español

Call the firm at 517-374-9000 or send the email form to arrange a free consultation about your DUI charges, fighting your traffic ticket or seeking a driver's license reinstatement.