Daniel T. Geherin is an NBTA® Board-Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and Former Prosecutor with over 22 years’ experience practicing law. His trial-based practice exclusively focuses on representing individuals in cases ranging from criminal/drunk driving defense to driver’s license appeals, to civil litigation, to juvenile delinquency. He has completed over 250 trials, argued before the Michigan Court of Appeals, and conducted thousands of Secretary of State driver’s license appeals hearings throughout Michigan.
Before becoming a private attorney, Mr. Geherin was a prosecutor in Los Angeles, California, where he prosecuted gang offenses, sexual assaults, narcotics violations, juvenile delinquency, and complex white-collar criminal offenses. He is a member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association, the State Bar of California, and the Washtenaw County Bar Association, where he is a past chairperson of the Criminal Law Section. Mr. Geherin is rated AV-Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell; is named in the Best Lawyers in America; has been listed both by SuperLawyers and Leading Lawyers Magazines in the field of criminal defense; was named a Top Lawyer in Michigan DUI Law by Detroit Business Magazine; and received a “10 out of 10” rating by Avvo.com. Mr. Geherin is a frequent contributor to ICLE seminars and publications and is currently on the ICLE Advisory Board for the Criminal Law Section. Mr. Geherin has authored several books on criminal defense, drunk driving, license restoration and trial skills, including Defending College Students Charged with a Sex Crime in Michigan and Collateral Effects of a Juvenile Conviction.
Michigan Drunk Driving And Driver’s License: Tips from a board-certified criminal attorney on how to protect/restore your license
From the minute a person is pulled over for suspected drunk driving, his or her life begins to change dramatically. Even at arrest, a driver’s rights and freedoms start to erode: confiscation of license; impound of car and license plate; placement in a jail/holding cell; judicial arraignment. Once charged, the driver faces even harsher penalties, including long-term incarceration, extensive probation, significant fines/costs, immigration consequences and/or inability to travel to many countries, including Canada. This says nothing of the collateral consequences to a person’s reputation and self-esteem.
All that said, the one consequence that weighs heavily on every arrestee’s mind is his or her driver’s license: Will my license be suspended or revoked? How do I get to work, or support my family? When will I be eligible to drive again? This Handbook is designed to explain Michigan’s various drunk/drug driving statutes and the consequences of an arrest or conviction on a person’s Michigan Operator’s License. It provides tips on how to avoid suspension, revocation or other license sanctions—and if unavoidable—how to restore those privileges.