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Driver’s License Restoration and Clearance cases are well-suited to start over the phone, and the “down time” many people have now is a good opportunity to begin this process.

Our consultations have ALWAYS been free, confidential, and done over the phone, right when you call. We are very friendly people who will be glad to explain things and answer your questions, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (EST).

How I Do License Appeals

Here's how a Michigan driver’s license restoration or clearance case is handled in my office, from your first call through winning back your license:

About half of my clients live rather far away, so convenience is important. 

Whether you live an hour away, or live across the country, you'll only have to make 2 trips back to the Detroit area: one trip to see me, and a second, a few months later, to attend your license appeal hearing.

There are a few criteria that must be met before I can be your Michigan drivers license restoration attorney. 

When you call, we'll need to figure out your situation. Even before determining if you’re legally eligible to file a license appeal, we need to know if you are really sober. 

You will also need to have been off of any probation or parole for a while, as well.

I won't take a case while a person is still drinking. 

Beyond having a minimum period of sobriety, a person must be committed to remaining sober. Sobriety is a non-negotiable first requirement for me to agree to be your Michigan drivers license reinstatement attorney, because it is the core issue of a license restoration or clearance case.

The first official step in a Michigan license restoration appeal is to file a request for hearing, along with a completed substance use evaluation (SUE) form, and 4 letters of support (the Michigan Secretary of State requires 3 letters, but in my office, we want 4, just to have 1 as a "backup").  

Everything is electronically filed with the Secretary of State's Administrative Hearing Section (AHS). 

Because I control every step of the process, we make sure everything is done right at every step along the way. Nevertheless, before anything is filed, it will be checked, re-checked, and then checked yet again.  

Remember, I guarantee a first time win. This makes me every bit as invested in winning as my client.

The first step in my office is to meet with you before you undergo the substance abuse evaluation, in order to prepare you for it. Because this evaluation is really the foundation of your Michigan license reinstatement case, we'll spend about 3 hours at our first meeting preparing for this critically important step. 

Legally speaking, the evaluation must be both clinically and factually accurate, as well as favorable. This means it has to be "watertight."

If you live outside of the Metro-Detroit area, we'll set it up so that you have your evaluation completed at the local clinic I use, which is located a few blocks from my office. We'll schedule things so that you'll will meet with me first, then go directly from my place to the evaluator's, just short walk away. For those who don't live anywhere nearby, this is a "one and done" deal.

If you live in the Metro-Detroit area, you have a lot more flexibility as to when to have your substance abuse evaluation completed, meaning you don't have to do it the day you meet with me (although many people do it this way). 

The main evaluator I use has the highest degree of integrity and skill, and, to top it all off, charges less than most other places. 

From time to time, I also use several other top-notch evaluators for various scheduling or location reasons, but the convenience and quality of the clinician near my office makes that my first choice. To make things even easier, the local place also takes care of the required urinalysis when you're there. 

The key is providing the AHS with an accurate and appropriately detailed evaluation. 

Letters of support must also be provided to the AHS when your case is filed. I provide a sample template of this our first meeting, and will go over exactly how they should be done. 

However, given the overwhelming importance of the support letters in a Michigan drivers license restoration appeal, your main job is to get draft copies back to me so that I can edit and revise them for you. 

My job is to put together a winning case, and I back that up with my guarantee. 

As a result, you can expect that I will be doing a lot of work on your letters to make sure they're just right.

It takes several weeks or so for the evaluation to be completed, and once I receive it, I will carefully review it, and then double-check it again, to make sure that it is, in fact, accurate, favorable, and “watertight.” 

I give the same level of attention to the letters of support, as well.

When everything is ready, we’ll file your case.

It can take some time before we receive notice of the date and time for your actual Michigan license restoration appeal hearing. 

I have all of my cases set for a live, in-person hearing at the Livonia branch of the AHS. My team and I appear before each of the 5 hearing officers there regularly (we handle more than 200 license cases per year) so I know what is important to each of them. 

This is critical because it allows me to prepare you for exactly how your hearing will be conducted by the specific hearing officer to whom it is assigned, and there are big differences in how that plays out in the real world.

In every case I file, I believe it is extremely important that you be thoroughly “prepped” the day before your actual hearing.

I usually do when I can fully concentrate on your case without distraction. This “prep session” usually takes about a half hour. 

We'll cover everything necessary to win the next day, but we won't be talking about witnesses. I never call witnesses. Witnesses are only a liability, and calling them is a first-class amateur mistake. I'll explain that in more detail when you come in.

The next day, we'll go in for the hearing, which itself will last about a half hour. 

We'll walk into that hearing room ready to win. We will have prepared your case so that it’s a winner on paper. The evaluation will be strong, favorable, and “watertight.” The letters of support will be concise and helpful. We'll have the confidence of knowing that, above and beyond all of our preparations, we are going in to tell the truth about your sobriety, and that means everything. 

We'll leave that hearing room knowing we did well. Several weeks later, we'll receive your decision:

For you, that means finally being able to slip a valid driver's license back into your wallet!

As your Michigan drivers license attorney, that means I get the satisfaction of having helped someone get back what they've worked for, and deserve.
Client Reviews
Five stars hands down!! Jeff and his legal team represented me in a seemingly impossible situation. I had many obstacles to overcome, in the end I walked out with with my driving privileges reinstated. Jeff and his team were very helpful Peter
Thank you for your knowledge and help in winning restoration of my driving privileges. I tried before on my own, lost (of course) and am glad I found your site. Katie
Just wanted to thank you for winning my license appeal. I was so happy when I got the letter in the mail that said I had won. I thank you so much for all your help and would be so happy to give your name to anyone who needs to get their license back. Mike
I wanted to thank you for taking my case. I would tell anybody trying to get their License back they need to talk to you. I should have done this a long time ago. Doug