Getting your driver's license suspended or revoked can leave you without the ability to do something that you considered essential to your daily life. If you have the chance to seek a driver's license reinstatement, this is an opportunity you want to make sure you take full advantage of. To that end, here are some tips to keep in mind before you go to your reinstatement hearing.
Make Sure You Have Original Copies of All Necessary Documents
Each state might have its own requirements for what you must bring with you as far as documentation to your reinstatement hearing. But in general, you will want to bring your previously valid license and any official documentation for a drug and alcohol treatment or driver reeducation program you may have completed. The title or registration for the vehicle you intend to drive may help as well. Contact your state authorities for the full list of documentation or ask a lawyer with expertise in this area for assistance. But in general, always make sure you are bringing the original copy of all of these documents and not a photocopy.
Be Well-Dressed and On Your Best Behavior
First impressions can make a difference on a first date, a job interview, and during your license reinstatement hearing as well. It can't hurt to put on your best suit or dress, comb your hair, and ensure that you are on your best behavior while at the hearing. Remember that your license to drive is a privilege provided by the state and is not something to be taken for granted. Show up looking like you are serious about making the right choices going forward. Listen to your attorney about any other best practices that might work well for your specific state or for the specific judge or panel that will be hearing your reinstatement case.
Practice a Run-Through of the Reinstatement Hearing with Your Attorney
It's understandable if you are a bit nervous about the upcoming reinstatement hearing, but you can do a trial run with your attorney who has likely gone through this process numerous times with previous clients. You'll be coached on what to say (and what not to say) and will be able to walk into the hearing with confidence that you can navigate the road ahead so that you can get your car back out on the actual road.
Contact an attorney familiar with driver's license reinstatement to discuss your specific case.
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