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Recently, the Michigan legislature recently passed an amendment repealing the Driver Responsibility Fee program. The program, enacted in 2003, required drivers guilty of certain traffic offenses to pay annual fees. These fees, which ranged from $100 to $500 per year as well as the $125 driver’s license reinstatement fee, will no longer be collected by the Michigan Department of the Treasury.

Some drivers must continue to make payments, though. Currently, Michigan drivers who entered Driver Responsibility Fee payment plans on or before February 1, 2018 are no longer required to make payments. Their payment plans are terminated. Drivers in this category who do not currently have pending actions against their driver’s licenses may have their licenses reinstated without having to pay the $125 fee any time between now and December 31, 2018. On January 1, 2019, the reinstatement fee will return. Drivers who entered payment plans between February 2, 2018 and March 31, 2018 are required to continue making their payments until October 1, 2018.

Understanding What this Means for You

Typically the type of witnesses that would have the most effect on the hearing officer would be people that are with you all the time or a lot of the time or people that you know through AA participation. People who can really testify and give an opinion about sobriety. Those are the ones that matter the most. You don’t want to overdo it with witnesses because a lot of times, witnesses will try too hard to be favorable and it may backfire on you because they overstepped their bounds or be inconsistent factually to what they testify to. It is important to be careful with witnesses and let witnesses know what the limits of their testimony are.

Is AA Or Any Other Support Group Or Counseling Going To be Helpful In A Case?

Typically, once you’ve had your license revoked and you are now trying to get it back, it’d be very helpful if the client is attending AA and knows the 12 steps and can speak about the program intelligently, that is probably the most preferred support group and the most preferred tool that the secretary of state likes people to be participating in. Part of the reason is it’s free, it’s everywhere, and it’s proven to be effective. A lot of times, the clients really don’t have the time to go to AA or don’t feel comfortable at AA and for whatever reason it doesn’t seem to work for them.

Interviewer: At what point would I contact an attorney to restore my license?

Paul Tafelski: I think it’s good for people to contact an attorney as early as possible. I have some clients that I work with almost immediately. Right after they get convicted and lose their license, we start prepping and planning what they need to do to get it back.

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Interviewer: I will ask the same question about license restorations. Are there any particular cases you would want to share in regards to helping someone get their license restored?

Paul Tafelski: I’ve had many cases over the years with clients who have been without driver’s license privileges for several years. Many of these people have been through a lot in their life, trying to get sober, trying to get clean, and trying to get financially back on their feet after years of difficulties and problems in the legal system. They really had given up hope quite often that they would ever have a normal life.

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