In my day-to-day work as a Michigan Driver's License Restoration Lawyer, I frequently meet people who were eligible to seek Restoration of their Driver's License, or at least seek a Clearance of a Michigan "Hold" upon their Driving Record much earlier. Their reasons for waiting are varied, but lack of funds is frequently a part of problem. In this article, I'm going to turn the tables a bit and talk about how, in some cases, not getting that License back can itself be part of the reason for a lack of funds, and how getting back on the road again, legally, is really an investment in your future.
Many people find their way to my Office after first having tried their own hand at a License Appeal, and losing. Given that 3 out of 4 Administrative Reviews are Denied, many of my new Clients hire me to get it right the second time around. Sometimes, however, people become discouraged after trying a License Appeal on their own and losing, and don't even bother to look at their options again until some change in circumstance forces them to do so.
Beyond lack of funds, quite often, it's a job, or the possibility of a new job, that motivates someone to really find about winning back their License, or getting a Michigan Clearance so they can get a License in a different state. Whatever the reason, almost everyone finds that being able to drive again certainly increases their options, as well as their earning potential. This is particularly true for those who live in Michigan, or any place, really, without a first-class mass transit system. By contrast, if a person lives in Chicago, or New York, and has access to a subway system that can take them pretty much any and everywhere they'd need to go, then lack of a Driver's License isn't such a big deal.
The inspiration for this article came, like so many others, as a result of a conversation I had with Ann, my Senior Assistant. A guy from out of state had just called and asked if we could help him out because he lost a "do-it-yourself" Administrative Appeal. He wasn't happy to find out he was going to have to wait another year, and then complained about how he had a good job offer, but needed a License to take it. He had become eligible to file his Appeal a few years before, but didn't feel any real push to do anything about it until the job thing came up.
Ann and I then began to discuss how many other opportunities a person may miss simply because they rely on other people to get them around. If you think about it, even if a person has a good job close by, or at least has a ride to get there, if they have no way of driving anywhere else, they probably don't even have their eyes or ears open for a better opportunity elsewhere. In other words, they can't really give any serious thought to the idea of finding a better job because they're stuck.