Suspended Driver's License
2a. Individuals in Michigan who are found guilty or plead guilty to certain traffic violations will face a suspension of their driver’s license and will stay unable to legally operate a vehicle until the suspension has ended. Most suspensions are for a set period of time, stated as “from” when your license is first suspended, “through” a date when your license is no longer suspended. When the time of suspension is ended, you may go to the Secretary of State to pay a fee to have your license reinstated. If fees are not paid, your license is considered invalid. Reinstating your license in this way does not usually require any legal advice.
Other forms of suspension are for an indefinite period of time, that is, once your license is suspended, you do not know for how long it will stay suspended. Your license will be suspended until the state department or court system approves your license to be reinstated. In order to reinstate a license that has been indefinitely suspended, you will have to prove to the court or Secretary of State that there is no longer any reason for the suspension. This may include medical, criminal, or other legal reasons. A skilled lawyer with experience reinstating suspended licenses can help you understand the necessary steps for reinstatement and make sure you are on the right track.
If you are caught driving on a suspended or revoked license, or incur any new violations while driving on a suspended or revoked license, there may be serious deterrents to reinstate your license. If the Secretary of State gets notice from a court that you have been convicted of an offense during a period of time that your license was suspended or revoked it can double your term of revocation. By hiring an experienced lawyer, you can avoid these problems and improve your chances of getting your license back.
2b. A Michigan driver’s license will be suspended because of reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your license is suspended for a set period of time, you will be able to get your license back by paying a fine when the suspension has ended.
Many times, however, a license may be suspended or revoked indefinitely. A license that is suspended or revoked indefinitely will stay suspended until you take the necessary steps to reinstate it. You will have to prove that your driving is no longer a danger to the community. Depending on the reasons for your suspension, this could involve alcohol treatment and abstinence, and other behavioral changes. Matthew L. Norwood is an experienced lawyer whose professional expertise is representing individuals with suspended and revoked licenses, and getting those license privileges back. He can prepare your defense to best protect your rights and give you the best chance to get your license reinstated.