Administrative hearings before the Secretary of State are complicated matters. A client should be looking for an attorney with experience and an attention to detail so that they may have success at either an informal or formal hearing. Preparation is a key. A person whose license is revoked because of a DUI and is asking the Secretary of State for relief has the burden of proof that they are not a risk to the public safety. An individual must meet the Secretary of State’s various requirements concerning drug education, treatment and providing character letters among others.
Formal hearings are adversarial in nature. An individual who has lost their driving privileges should have an experienced lawyer so they may have success. Driving is a privilege and not a right.