This article was suggested by Ann, my senior assistant, as a short follow up to my last piece, “Hire the best Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Lawyer,” in which I asked (and hopefully answered) the question “why hire me?” Ann, who spends her entire workday dealing with driver’s license restoration and DUI issues, is, of course, a bit biased. She directly fields calls from other lawyers who need help dealing with driver’s license issues. Heck, I’ve been thanked by some of those lawyers for the help she provided to them. She knows that, with this blog, and my website, and 12 or more appeal hearings I hold every month – all covered by a first time win guarantee, we are the best, and set the gold standard for license restoration and clearance cases. Thus, Ann suggested 2 reasons why people don’t hire me: either it’s the money, or they’re not ready.
I’m not cheap. Sure, you can pay less, but you can also pay more for a license appeal. Whatever else, you absolutely cannot do better. I guarantee to win every case I take, but even that assurance, by itself, doesn’t even begin to define the quality of my license appeal representation. More than any lawyer out there, I love this line of work. I am consumed by the cases I take, and throw myself headlong into them. I earn my money, not just by the results I produce, but through the effort I put in to achieve them. To be completely honest about it, there’s not much intrinsic reward for handling a criminal or DUI charge. A driver’s license restoration or clearance case, however, is completely different. In fact, there is no practice (at least that I know of) a lawyer can have that’s anywhere near as rewarding as winning back the ability to drive for people who have done the work to become non-drinkers and gone through the profound life changes required to get sober. Here, my efforts are frequently met with tears of joy and genuine expressions of gratitude. My clients deserve to win, and it’s great reward to make that happen. This reinforces a true passion for my work. At the heart of my passion is the unique mix of legal, clinical and communication abilities that I bring to the table. And before you pass that off as a bunch of hot air, let me be very specific about what that means, and how it comes together to get you back on the road.
In terms of being a driver’s license restoration lawyer, I am as good as it gets. There may be a few old hands out there who “know” as much as I do about the legal process, but in that sense, I belong to a group that is smaller than a handful. There is really nothing about the license appeal process that I don’t know well, or haven’t worked through before. I do more cases in any given month than most lawyer will do in a year, and in the course of any given year, I will have handled more cases than any group of lawyers will in an entire career. Now, multiply that by more than 25 years. But that’s not even the half of it, because I am the ONLY lawyer I know to have a clinical substance abuse background, much less to have completed a post-graduate (as opposed to undergraduate) program of addiction studies. Because of my unique practice (DUI and license restoration), I have, on a professional level, dealt with alcohol (and drug) issues all day, every day for my whole career. Personally, I have had to deal with these same issues across the broad spectrum of family and friends, as well, and I know this stuff from the outside looking in, the inside looking out, and every other perspective in-between. In a field like license restorations, where main focus is the diagnosis, treatment and recovery from alcohol problems, having a clinical background in those very things is helpful, useful and provides an decided advantage in every single case. I have, quite literally, learned and then forgotten things (like theories of addiction) that most people have never even heard about.