Sobriety as a First Requirement to Win Your Michigan License Restoration Appeal

Anyone exploring this section of our website, or the hundreds of Michigan Driver’s License Restoration articles on my blog can figure out that my tam and I are rather passionate about this field. 

Being a Michigan driver’s license restoration attorney is really the best lawyer job you can have, because this is the only legal field where you have the pleasure of dealing with people on the upswing of their lives. 

In most other real-world legal situations, a lawyer is called upon because someone is in trouble. DUI cases are a perfect example: when someone gets arrested, they call a lawyer to help them out of it.

Often, my license restoration clients shake their heads as we talk about who they used to be, back when they were drinking, and what a different person they have become as a non-drinker. Every single one of them agrees that getting sober has made them a much better person now than they were back when they were drinking and getting DUI’s.

In the world of Michigan license restoration, sobriety is a first and preliminary requirement to even seriously considering a license appeal. 

This goes right to the main inquiry in a Michigan driver’s license reinstatement appeal: Are you sober?

We only represent people who are really and truly alcohol-free. Yet many people think they can “fake” being sober to the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS). 

You cannot fake sobriety. 

As I noted above, the whole point of the license appeal process is to make sure a person has really given up drinking. The whole point of the license appeal process is to weed out those whose commitment to remaining sober is anything less than complete. 

Believe me, the Secretary of State hearing officers can “smell” a faker or a scammer a mile away.

We want no part of that. We're not interested in representing anyone who isn’t genuinely sober; our integrity is not for sale. 

We make our livings helping people who have worked hard to make the transition from drinker to non-drinker. These folks have put in the time and effort to get sober, and have usually waited a long time to win back their license. We're glad to help them put what is often the final piece of the puzzle back into place.

Perhaps the reader, in his or her research, has stumbled across the word “abstinence” in the context of license appeals. Abstinence simply means to have abstained, meaning not having consumed any alcohol for a given period of time. Being abstinent for a given period of time, however, does not necessarily imply any commitment to remain that way forever.

Sobriety is qualitatively different than abstinence. Sobriety necessarily requires abstinence, but it also involves a plan to remain abstinent forever. 

My specialty as a Michigan drivers license restoration lawyer is to make sure you successfully prove your case and win your license back.

Sobriety is the first requirement to win a license appeal. There is, of course, much more to the process than just being sober, but without true sobriety, a person can forget about ever winning their license back.

And this brings me to a kind of “catch” in the whole Michigan license restoration process: the Secretary of State would rather deny the appeals of a few sober people, and have them come back next year, than it would want to let anyone who is NOT completely sober slip through the cracks and win a license appeal. 

This is why these cases are so hard, and why the bar is set so high. This is where our expertise can make the difference between driving again, or bumming rides for the next year.

We require that a person be committed to sobriety before any or us will become their Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyer.

Anyone who has gotten sober knows that it brings incalculable rewards, and in time, one of those is the ability to driver again, legally. 

We can help with that, and we derive great satisfaction from helping someone win back what they have worked so hard to get. Anyone who becomes my client deserves to win their license appeal, and when we take a case, they will win it. 


In exchange, we get a heartfelt and priceless “thank you.”

As much as getting back on the road begins with sobriety, it ends with sobriety, as well.

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