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How Long After a Drunk Driving Arrest Will I Have a Court Date?

When it comes to OWI arrests and procedures, it’s fair to say that every single police agency, prosecutor’s office, and court in Southeastern Michigan operates differently. In Washtenaw County, for first-offense drunk driving arrests, a driver is typically released from the station, hospital or jail and is notified of criminal charges weeks (or sometimes months) later.  However, ...

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Driver's License Reinstatement Fee Information

You probably don’t realize how valuable and necessary a Michigan driver’s license is---until you lose the privilege. How do Michigan residents lose the privilege to drive?  Most commonly, by getting arrested for drunk driving; refusing a chemical test; for medical reasons; or for accumulation of too many points.  Once a your license is taken away, through a short-term suspen...

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Effective August 2021, The Michigan Secretary of State Requires New Forms for Driver’s License Appeals

The Michigan Secretary of State has a specific division which governs driver’s license revocation appeals. This division has undergone several name changes in the last decade – currently it’s called the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight (OHAO) but was previously known as the Administrative Hearing Section (AHS), and before that as Driver’s Assessment and Appe...

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Dan Geherin, DUI Attorney in Ann Arbor, Named in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2022

Dan Geherin, DUI attorney at Geherin Law Group, PLLC, has been named in the 28th edition of The Best Lawyers in America List from BestLawyers.com.Best Lawyers publications have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals everywhere. Their lists of outstanding lawyers are compiled by conducting exhaustive surveys in whic...

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OWI Expungement Coming Soon to Michigan!

FINALLY!! After years of legislative battles; starts and stops; teases and seismic changes in criminal expungement laws, it appears Michigan will finally permit expungement of a first-offense OWI conviction. Read the full announcement here. The consequences of a criminal conviction, including an OWI misdemeanor, can be both long-lasting and life-altering. Even a “traffic” of...

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New Legislation Coming to Michigan Regarding Driver’s License Suspensions

In the State of Michigan, a person can have his or her driver’s license suspended for reasons completely unrelated to driving safety. For example, courts can actually suspend your driver’s license for failing to appear in court or simply possessing a controlled substance.  Having a license suspended not only immobilizes an individual, but it affects his or her ability to earn an ...

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What is the Difference Between Civil and Criminal Traffic Violations?

Knowing the difference between a criminal and non-criminal traffic violation can help you decide when you might consider seeking legal help. Criminal traffic offenses are considered misdemeanors or, possibly, felony offenses. The following are considered criminal misdemeanor traffic violations: reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, DWLS...

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The Increase of Alcohol Consumption – And Thus DUI and Criminal Arrest Rates – During the Pandemic

It’s common to see an increase in alcohol abuse after disasters. This trend was seen after 9/11, the 2003 SARS outbreak and Hurricane Katrina, so it should come as no surprise that alcohol sales and consumption dramatically increased since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic.Before the Pandemic, most people drank socially at bars or restaurants. During the first week of the Pandemic, there w...

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Are Habitual Offenders Able to Get Their License Restored in Michigan?

Yes, you can restore your license in Michigan if you’re a habitual offender. However, the process is a bit more complicated than for one-time offenders.How do I know if I’m considered a habitual offender?Under section 303 of the Michigan Vehicle Code [the Code; MCL 257.303] certain combinations of alcohol and/or drug-related convictions lead to a presumption that a person is a "h...

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These Clients Are Back on The Road Lawfully Thanks to Geherin Law Group

In January and February 2021, Geherin Law Group had 12 hearings with the Michigan Secretary of State with clients who had their licenses revoked due to multiple drunk driving offenses. Listed by case number only, here are the 12 cases involving our clients, all of whom proved their sobriety and walked out with their Michigan driver’s license reinstated:20-4709320-5068120-5065220-4885920-519...

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What Should I Know Before Calling a License Appeal Attorney?

If you have lost your Michigan Driver’s License due to drunk driving convictions, breath tests refusals, medical reasons or even point accumulation, you’re in a state of panic and frustration. How are you supposed to get to work or school?  How can you take care of your children?  Get to medical appointments?  And if you do drive, will police take you to jail during a p...

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What is a “Substance Abuse Evaluation”?

If you’ve been convicted of multiple drunk driving offenses, especially in a short period of time, your Michigan Driver’s License has likely been REVOKED. This means you must apply for the reinstatement of your license, and must jump through several “hoops” to get your license back.  The first step in the reinstatement process—and perhaps the single most im...

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Is AA Attendance a Requirement for Driver’s License Restoration in Michigan?

The Alcoholics Anonymous (“AA”) Program has been a staple of the recovery community for over 85 years. Its 12-step program, which focuses on the disease concept of alcoholism (and in particular, an addict’s powerlessness over alcohol), has helped millions of people throughout the world achieve and maintain sobriety. Because of that, it is probably the most well-known alcohol tre...

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Moving Violation Causing Death or Injury in Michigan

Moving Violation Causing Death or Injury in Michigan

Every night on the news, we see the horrible reports and pictures of traffic and pedestrian accidents where someone is gravely injured or killed. In many instances, the driver is intoxicated or distracted and clearly at fault. In others, there’s nothing more than a “freak” accident with horrific consequences for the victim—and the driver. Often, these drivers are charged w...

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How Do You Choose the Best Driver’s License Appeals Attorney in Michigan?

How Do You Choose the Best Driver’s License Appeals Attorney in Michigan?

Short of losing your freedom or your family, losing your driving privileges can be one of the most devastating actions the government can take against you. People who have lost their Michigan Driver’s License due to drunk driving convictions, breath tests refusals, medical reasons or even point accumulation feel a horrible and consequential impact that can last years. They’re left won...

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Why Can’t an OWI/DUI Conviction be Expunged?

Why Can’t an OWI/DUI Conviction be Expunged?

On September 24 2020, the Michigan legislature sent a package of bills (collectively referred to as the “Clean Slate Initiatives”) to the Governor which would expand expungement eligibility for thousands of Michigan residents who have been convicted of certain crimes. The laws will: lessen waiting times; make some charges automatically erasable; expand the number of convictions eligib...

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What is a "Restricted" License in Michigan?

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Many people take for granted their Michigan Driver’s License—until they lose it to a suspension or revocation.  Then they realize how truly difficult it is to work, take care of a family, and perform basic life responsibilities.  For those Michigan drivers who have been suspended or revoked due to criminal/drunk driving conviction(s), they face a long road (no pun intended) ...

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The Judge Wants Me Monitored For Alcohol Consumption: What Are My Options?

The Judge Wants Me Monitored For Alcohol Consumption: What Are My Options?

You’re charged with OWI 1st Offense for driving with a blood alcohol level of .12, but unfortunately you were involved in a minor accident.  At your Arraignment, the Judge orders that you not possess or consume any alcohol whatsoever but doesn’t simply trust you or put you on “your honor” to comply.  Instead, the Judge orders that you begin testing for alcohol us...

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What Is a Tamper/ Circumvent Violation?

Michigan residents who have had their driver’s license revoked for OWI but reinstated are often required to install an Ignition Interlock device (technically known as a “BAIID” for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device) in their vehicle.  These same devices are notoriously fickle, in that many drivers encounter countless technical glitches with them.  One of the mos...

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Impact of Emergency Closure on Driver’s License Restoration in Michigan

Impact of Emergency Closure on Driver’s License Restoration in Michigan

Michigan Secretary of State offices have closed during the COVID-19 Emergency Order and may remain closed for the immediate future.  This hits especially hard for those already in the process of driver’s license restoration in Michigan but cannot get a hearing scheduled. It hits equally hard for clients who allegedly refused a breath/blood test following an OWI arrest and are currently...

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Options After Being Denied At A Michigan Driver's License Appeals Hearing

Are You Trying To Get A Driver's License Reinstatement in Ann Arbor?What Are Your Options After Being Denied At A Michigan License Appeals Hearing? You felt as though the hearing went smoothly.  After all, you have been sober for over a year; you submitted good letters from friends and family, and you answered all of the Hearing Officer’s questions honestly and thoro...

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License Reinstatement: What Happens If I Refuse A Breath Or Blood Test Following A DUI Arrest In Ann Arbor?

License Reinstatement: What Happens If I Refuse A Breath Or Blood Test Following A DUI Arrest In Ann Arbor?

For the last 20+ years, when my phone rings in the middle of the night, these are the most common questions I get asked by clients who have been arrested for drunk driving:“Should I refuse the breath or blood test?”“Will it affect my license reinstatement?”There is no quick or easy answer to this question.  If a driver refuses the roadside, preliminary test offered by...

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Lost Drivers License In Michigan? Consult With The Experts At milicenselawyer.com

Lost Drivers License In Michigan? Consult With The Experts At milicenselawyer.com

It’s easy to take for granted the true benefit of a driver’s license---until you lose it. Driving to work or school; providing for your family; running everyday errands; these freedoms can be pulled out from under you like a rug if you’re charged with drunk driving offenses, accumulate too many points, get convicted of drug offenses, or are charged with refusing a breath test in...

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This Is Why You Need A Licensing Lawyer In Ann Arbor

This Is Why You Need A Licensing Lawyer In Ann Arbor

Licensing lawyers–those who handle driver’s license appeals and reinstatements—are few and far between. Look online, and you will only find a handful of licensing lawyers in Ann Arbor who even attempt to handle this very specialized area of practice. Why? Because there’s is a lot of “red tape” to cut through with the Michigan Secretary of State, and the rules/r...

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The Key Law Governing Michigan Driver's License Reinstatment

A person’s Michigan Driver’s License might be restricted or suspended for various reasons, including point-accumulation, poor driving and conviction of some criminal/traffic offenses.  After a restriction or suspension, a license is typically automatically reinstated upon payment of a small reinstatement fee.  However, if a license is REVOKED, which typically occurs followin...

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Driver's License Reinstatement Ann Arbor

In Michigan, there’s a major difference between a driver’s license that’s been suspended, and a license that’s been REVOKED. Driver’s license suspensions usually result from: accumulation of points, unpaid tickets, low-level criminal and driving offenses, and outstanding warrants/defaults. Driver’s license revocations usually result from serious criminal/drivin...

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Where Will My License Appeal Hearing Take Place?

A revoked driver’s license will remain revoked until or unless the driver successfully appeals the revocation to the Michigan Secretary of State or Circuit Court.   For most drivers, this process is completely unknown and difficult to navigate.  And, a review of the Michigan Secretary of State website often makes the process seem even more overwhelming.  Even the simples...

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Have Michigan Driver’s License Appeals Hearing Questions?

Put bluntly, the Michigan Driver’s License Appeals Process is complicated and confusing.  People who have lost their Michigan Driver’s License due to drunk driving convictions, breath tests refusals, medical reasons or even point accumulation often search for answers on how to restore their license and about the license appeals hearing process.  Every day, potential clients ...

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8 Steps To Restoring Your Revoked License

When you have your driving privileges REVOKED, you can feel lost, overwhelmed and pessimistic.  How can you get/keep meaningful employment without a license?  Take care of children?  Accomplish the most basic of daily tasks, such as buying groceries, going to the doctor, running errands?  For many, the prospect of public transportation isn’t available, the cost of UBER i...

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How Does An Out-Of-State Resident Remove A Michigan Driver’s License "Hold"?

Many former Michigan residents packed up and moved when the economic recession of 2008 hit.  Many people continue to leave Michigan, especially after having their driver’s license revoked due to repeat OWI or other criminal convictions.  The thinking and logic work like this:  I can move away from my troubles, and get a license in California, Ohio, Colorado etc. etc.  Un...

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Geherin Law Group Notches 27 Michigan License Appeal Victories This Year Already!

Daniel T. Geherin, owner of Geherin Law Group PLLC (GLGMichigan.com) and MiLicenseLawyer.com, fights for clients daily who’ve lost their license to drive in Michigan. Each day brings a new license appeal challenge, and Dan and his team are up for the fight–whether this challenge involves: a revoked or suspended driver’s license, problems from repeat drunk driving offenses (or cr...

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Driving While License Revoked: The Vicious Circle

When a Michigan driver has his license revoked—typically after a repeat drunk driving conviction—he has no privileges whatsoever. And, he must apply to have the license reinstated through the Michigan Secretary of State, which is often a confusing, time-consuming and expensive endeavor.  So, what do many Michigan revoked drivers continue to do: DRIVE WHILE LICENSE REVOK...

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Leaving The Scene Of An Accident In Michigan

A mom is out grocery shopping and bumps the car next to hers. She sees only slight damage to the other car and goes about her day shopping. A teenage driver hits a mailbox while backing out of a friend’s house and keeps on going.A professional driving to work in the middle of the night hits a deer or small animal. He stops but goes off to work. Later, he learns that he hit and killed a...

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What Criminal Charges Have Driver's License Consequences?

Daniel T. Geherin, attorney and owner of the Geherin Law Group in Ann Arbor, is a criminal defense attorney and driver’s license appeals specialist.  Dan—a former prosecutor and board-certified criminal trial attorney—is also the founder of MiLicenseLawyer.com and author of The Michigan Drunk Driving and Driver’s License Restoration Handbook. ...

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What Is An Ignition Interlock Device And Will I Need To Install One?

What Is An Ignition Interlock Device And Will I Need To Install One?

Was your license revoked for DUI? Are you looking for driver’s license reinstatement in Michigan?An Ignition Interlock (technically known as a “BAIID” for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device) is a breath alcohol analyzer, with computer logic and an internal memory. It connects with a motor vehicle’s ignition and other control systems. The BAIID measures the driver&rsq...

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