Your Request for Michigan DAAD Hearing and the accompanying documents have been submitted. You opened the mail today and you got the notice for your hearing date, which is to occur in about three weeks. What do you do now?
If I am your attorney, our next step will be to schedule an appointment to prepare for the actual hearing. We’ll start by identifying which Michigan DAAD Hearing Officer your case has been assigned to. This is where my experience really counts. Each Hearing Officer has his or her own way of conducting a hearing, and each has his or her own areas of special interest. In other words, no two are alike. Each asks a lot of the same questions, but each asks certain questions unique to themselves. To me, preparing for a hearing means preparing for a hearing before the actual Michigan DAAD Hearing Officer to whom your case has been assigned.
That process is time-consuming, and in my view is best done in-person. That’s why I’ll want to make sure you’ll have somewhere from one to two-hours available for this appointment. There is simply not space here to even begin to cover all the complexities that go into adequately preparing the client for their hearing. In the end, however, my client will walk out prepared to go to the hearing with me and will have a “theme” that is, in essence, their story.
There are certain questions that will be asked no matter who your Hearing Officer is:
- When is the last time you consumed any alcohol?
- Are you currently on probation for any offense?
- Do you have any pending traffic violations in any court?
- If you are in AA, Do you have a sponsor? If not, Why not?
- What was your heaviest period of drinking?
- What did you usually drink and how much?
- Aside from this time, what was your longest period of sobriety?
Again, it would take too much to even begin to explain the many facets and issues involved in answering those questions. It is for precisely this reason that I strongly advise anyone considering a License Appeal to make sure you hire a lawyer who has significant experience doing them.
I can represent anyone, from anywhere, even if they have moved out-of-state.
As an Attorney who handles these Appeals regularly, I know how nervous a person can be as they walk into that hearing room. My job is to remind my client how much preparation we have done up to that point, and that there is no reason to be nervous because we are ready to go in and win. I point out that everything right up to that point has been done right, and that this is just the icing on the cake. I assure them that all they have to do is follow my lead because I will be asking the first round of questions. Finally, I tell them that I will be right there, next to them, and if anything even starts to go off course, I’ll be right on top of it.
The Hearings are scheduled for one hour. Few last that long, and afterward I usually step outside with my client to review the proceeding.
Typically, in about two weeks, the decision arrives in the mail. My favorite part of the whole process happens in two phases:
- First, one of my Assistants, who you will get to know, calls me and says “You won another one!”
- Then, Depending on when the client gets home, either later that day or early the next, my Assistant calls me again and says “So-and-so called and wanted to thank you, and has a few questions.” I always enjoy answering those question because it means I’m talking to a grateful client who just got their license back!
You notice I don’t talk about losing a case. There are no guarantees in life, but I try very hard to take on only those cases where I think we can win. Then I do everything humanly possible to make sure that happens. We’ll get into that in the next and final section, where I share some final thoughts on the process.