For all the self-promotion that lawyers do, the sad truth is that most of it is completely meaningless. There is really one important, simple question a potential client should have in mind as he or she looks for a Michigan driver's license restoration lawyer, or any kind of product or service, for that matter: What do you have or do that sets you apart and gives you a competitive advantage over everyone else? If you look for a real answer to this simple question, then worn out lawyer phrases like "tough" and "aggressive" do nothing to help you find the right lawyer for your situation. Whereas most of my other articles on this blog are informational in nature, I want to use this space to answer that very question as it applies to me.
It has always been my intention and goal to be the very best license appeal lawyer out there, and to bring the most value to my clients. This is not just a bunch of hot air; it is part of the philosophy I have and why I guarantee that I will win any license reinstatement case I accept. Having a guarantee is important, but that alone it isn't my competitive advantage. In fact, the guarantee is just a result of my competitive advantage. Beyond being a lawyer and having decades of experience winning license appeals, what truly separates me from the herd is that I completely understand recovery. I know it from the inside out, the outside in, and from the academic research perspective, as well. I have formally studied in this field, and, as I write this article, am in the process of authoring a final literature review, having completed all the course work for a post-graduate certification in addiction studies. This may all sound great, but what does it mean to someone looking for a license appeal lawyer?
It is important to keep in mind that the real "meat and potatoes" of a driver's license reinstatement case requires proving that you are a safe bet to never drink again. This means, of course, that you have quit drinking and that you intend to remain sober. Sobriety is a necessary first requirement to win a license appeal, and proving sobriety is the absolute key to winning. It may seem easier to "prove" sobriety when you have been in AA for 12 years and have hundreds of filled-up sign-in sheets, and the truth is that it can certainly be much more complicated if you don't. It used to be the case that you almost could not possibly win a license restoration case without being active in AA. This, fortunately, has changed, because more than half of the people for whom I win a license back are not in AA. Even so, the Michigan Secretary of State, through it's AHS (Administrative Hearing Section, formerly the DAAD), takes a hard look at a person's support structure to sustain his or her recovery, and it simply will not work to merely argue something like "I have my family for support," even though your family may, in fact, be your best support.