Jerry Hopkins Criminal Defense Attorney
|Jerry Hopkins, Kalamazoo Driver's License Restoration Attorney|
Currently, Mr. Hopkins limits his law practice to representing individuals whose privilege to operate a motor vehicle has been revoked, denied, suspended, or restricted by the State of Michigan.
Mr. Hopkins was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Before attending college at Central Michigan University, he served in the United States Army in 1968 and 1969, spent several years as an assembly line worker at the General Motors in Flint, and worked for the United States Postal Service. After graduating Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central, he taught social studies briefly in Flint. In late 1973, he returned to GM as a management trainee and remained there until he entered law school.
Law School and the Bar
Mr. Hopkins graduated from Cooley Law School in 1978 and was admitted to the Michigan Bar the same year. While attending law school, he was employed at Ingham County Legal Aid. He was also a legal intern at the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. Following admission to the Bar, he practiced family law in the Lansing area for a short time.
In August 1979, Mr. Hopkins was appointed as a Hearing Officer for the Driver License Appeals Division of the Michigan Secretary of State. His home site was the City of Kalamazoo, and he has lived here ever since. As a hearing officer, he conducted hearings around the state, but the vast majority were in Kalamazoo and surrounding counties. While a hearing officer, he conducted hearings related to individuals whose driving privileges had been revoked, denied, suspended, or restricted. He also conducted hearings related to individuals who refused to submit to a chemical test following an arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. During his tenure at Driver License Appeals Division, Mr. Hopkins conducted around 25,000 hearings. Mr. Hopkins joined Driver License Appeals during its early and formative years when many of the current policies, rules, and authorizing statutes were implemented. In January 2010, he retired after nearly thirty-one years of service.
Coming to Hills Law
In January 2010, Mr. Hopkins became an Associate Attorney at Hills at Law in the City of Kalamazoo. He assists individuals whose driver’s license privileges have been revoked, denied, suspended or restricted in preparing for hearings at Driver License Appeals and appears on their behalf at those hearings.
During most of his professional life, Mr. Hopkins has been in position relating to driving and cars. As a young man, he embraced his father’s love of fast cars. The day he turned sixteen, he took the road test to get his driver’s license – he couldn’t wait for that freedom ticket. He and his father spent as much time as they could working on cars, and the campaigned several cars at drag strips around the state of Michigan. Summer nights were spent driving from root beer stand to drive-ins and back again.
Mr. Hopkins is the proud owner of a 1966 Pontiac 2 plus 2 and a 1967 SS 427 Chevy. In good weather, his Pontiac rumbles about the Kalamazoo area as often as possible. Mr. Hopkins indicated, “It is so ironic that my father was my first client after I was admitted to the bar. I represented my father regarding a traffic citation he received while driving one of my cars. And, here I am 37 years later helping people with issues related to their driving behavior.”
Contact Jerry Hopkins Today
If you or a family members right to operate a motor vehicle has been: revoked, denied, suspended, or restricted, give us a call at 866-819-1504 or Contact Us, we can help.