Drivers in Michigan can have the state suspend their license for a range of reasons. Some people will face a license suspension because they got arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Others will face a suspension because they had a non-driving drug offense, like possession of a controlled substance. Some others will have to deal with the loss of their license because they couldn’t pay fees or fines levied against them by the state.
Unfortunately, if you are like most people in Michigan, you know that you can’t rely on public transportation to get where you need to go regularly because the buses run late or don’t go to the part of town you need to visit. Your employer may require that you have a vehicle of your own, and you may have family members who need you to get them places like school or medical appointments.
If you get caught driving on a suspended license, an additional loss of your license is likely among the consequences that you will face. How do you break the cycle of losing your license because you need your license while it is still suspended?
The state of Michigan does approve hardship licenses
Losing your license can cause you hardship, meaning it could have lasting and severe consequences for you and other people in your family. If you can show that your license is critical for safety, work or family needs, you may have a case that could convince the courts to give you a limited hardship license to travel for the bare minimum of meeting your personal and family obligations.
Getting your license back after suspension may require help
Although the state of Michigan specifically lists suspensions related to driving on a suspended license among the violations that potentially qualify for a hardship license, it can still be difficult to advocate for yourself in one of these highly specialized hearings.
Working with an attorney familiar with criminal defense and license defense as a result of a criminal or traffic issue can give you a better chance of success when you need it for the safety of your family or your ability to keep your job.