Michigan Attorney Mark Langschied Discusses Impact of Recent Secretary of State License Restoration Changes

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Attorney Mark Langschied says the recent changes made by the Michigan Secretary of State will impact both driver’s license restoration petitioners and lawyers.

The increased complexity of the license restoration process will lead to an increased demand for legal representation.

Michigan attorney Mark Langschied recently discussed on his license restoration blog the latest changes to Michigan driver’s license restoration and how petitioners and lawyers will be affected. The significant changes recently made to the Michigan driver’s license reinstatement forms will increase the complexity of the process and subject petitioners to greater scrutiny by the Secretary of State hearing officers. The new changes will also increase the likelihood of driver’s license hearing losses and cause a greater demand for legal representation. More details about the new process can be found here.

Those petitioning for license reinstatement will need to complete six pages of detailed questions set forth in the Request for Hearing. Previously, Michigan residents only needed to fill out an easy one page Request for Hearing. This new requirement will increase the likelihood of petitioners making mistakes, especially when representing themselves. Mistakes made on crucial information, such as length of sobriety, will cause some petitioners to lose their Michigan driver’s license appeal hearing.

“The increased complexity of the license restoration process will lead to an increased demand for legal representation,” said attorney Mark Langschied. “Petitioners who have lost a hearing due to incomplete or inaccurate information will have a greater need for legal counsel in their hearing for Michigan driver’s license reinstatement.”

In order to show that all evidence has been submitted, petitioners are now required to submit an Evidence Affidavit along with the Request for Hearing. All evidence should now be submitted at the initial filing for driver’s license appeal in Michigan. Submitting evidence later is risky because the hearing officer can reject the evidence which could result in a loss at the Michigan driver’s license restoration hearing. The restoration process may take longer for some petitioners because the evidence must be obtained and submitted before the initial filing. There is often a significant time lag between requesting and actually getting a hearing date, which can take two months. In the past, petitioners could request a hearing without all the evidence submitted up front and could even submit the evidence at the hearing itself.

The new changes also limit who is eligible to request an Administrative Review, which allows petitioners to submit documents by mail and bypass the hearing. Under the new process, Administrative Reviews are no longer available to Michigan residents driving on restricted licenses. All Michigan residents must now attend a Michigan license restoration hearing in front of a hearing officer. This change will result in increased scrutiny because hearing officers will be able to question petitioner seeking full licenses. As a result, some will certainly lose their Michigan license restoration hearings. The greater likelihood of losing these hearings and the fact that a hearing is required will result in an increased need for legal representation.

About Mark Langschied Law

Mark Langschied is a Michigan attorney. He handles Michigan license restoration cases throughout the state of Michigan. He has been practicing law for more than 20 years.

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