As a Michigan Driver’s license Restoration lawyer whose practice guarantees to win every restoration and clearance appeal case his firm takes, I have written and published more articles on this subject than you can find any and everywhere else combined – more than 560 as of this writing. Yet for all of them, and everything they cover, there is one topic I have to come back to all the time; sobriety. Without being able to prove that he or she has given up drinking for good, a person simply has NO chance to win a restoration or clearance case.
It is simply not possible to over-emphasize the central, critical, and foundational role of sobriety in a driver’s license appeal. Think of a license restoration case as a wheel, like on a bicycle: Assume that the outer part – the tire- is the equivalent of the actual driver’s license. Next, think of every piece of evidence – from the substance use evaluation (SUE), to each letter of support, to the request for administrative review – as a spoke, and then think of every other part of the process as additional spokes. What do they all connect to? The hub. In the case of a license reinstatement case, the hub IS sobriety, because without it, nothing holds together, and there is no wheel.
Beyond working on more driver’s license matters than anyone else I know of (more than 200 per year), my blog has more information about the license appeal process that can be found everywhere else online combined. When you speak with some other lawyer about a license restoration (and you absolutely should – we HIGHLY recommend that you comparison shop – something no other lawyer does), you can be sure he or she has come to this place any number of times to do research. While some lawyers claim to have written “the book” on some legal subject or other, I have written the still-growing equivalent of a library of books on license appeals.