In my capacity as a Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyer, I guarantee to win every case I take. To make that happen, I will only take a case for someone who has honestly quit drinking. It has never been my goal to compete with any other lawyer on price, or really at any level, beyond striving to be the very best in my field. I don’t just “do” license clearance and restoration appeals – they are the very focus of my practice. This goes hand in hand with my deep, 25-plus year interest in the addiction and alcohol issues, so much so that a number of years ago, I went back to the University classroom and completed a post-graduate program of addiction studies so that I might formally sharpen my clinical knowledge and expertise in things like how people recover from problems with alcohol and drugs. Whatever else, I understand addiction and recovery from every angle – from the inside looking out, the outside looking in, and from the clinical side and the legal side, as well. In the course of any given month, I appear and conduct (and win) more license appeal hearings before the Michigan Secretary of State’s Administrative Hearing Section (AHS) than most lawyers will ever handle in the course of their entire career.
I don’t check other lawyer’s prices, but I have been told that my fees are higher than some others. While I try to keep my fees reasonable, I believe that I am the poster-boy for the idea that you get what you pay for. And to be clear, there are some lawyers who charge more than I do, although I can honestly say that many times, I’ve been called in to clean up after some of those guys have lost a case, thus proving the idea that while you never get what you don’t pay for, just paying a lot doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting the best; instead, it just means you paid too much. When it comes to winning back your driver’s license, you must understand that there is an additional cost to losing beyond the money. If you lose your appeal, you cannot file another for a full year. Beyond that, you’ll have to fix all the mistakes that caused you to lose the first time. At least with me, a client has the certainty of knowing that they’ll only pay me once and they will get back on the road.
The quality of service from my office is on a whole different level than what I suspect anyone else provides. In general, I think a lot of the hype around “better service” is a bunch of BS. When I order something online, I’m concerned about service only to the extent that the right product (meaning one that matches the description I relied upon in placing it) is sent to me quickly and correctly. I don’t care if my order is processed by a robot, some guy in a tank top and shorts, or some guy in a tuxedo and white gloves. License restoration cases, however, are different. My first meeting with a new client takes about 3 hours (often, a bit more) in my office. And let me be perfectly candid: I’m a really nice guy and consider my practice an opportunity to help people, but I’m still in business to make money, so I don’t keep these appointments long just so we can talk baseball, or anything like that. In that same way, as far as my guarantee goes, I don’t make my money having to re-do a case a second time; I make my money winning them the first time, meaning I’m as invested in a successful outcome as my client. I am thorough in a way that takes time. There are no shortcuts to lasting success.