Why we Charge what we Do

It has never been our approach to compare what we charge or how we handle license restoration appeals to the way any other lawyer or law firm does them. We don’t compete with anyone else on any level - price or otherwise. 

We have a guarantee to make sure we win the first time. We earn our fee by getting you back on the road this year, not next year.

To start, we’ll spend several hours with you at our very first meeting, which is more time than just about anyone else will spend on your entire case. 

Here’s where the old saying “you get what you pay for” really comes into play. Those first several hours are really only enough to start the ball rolling and plan your case, if it's going to be done carefully and thoroughly.

It takes that much time for us to properly prepare you just to have your substance use evaluation completed. Because that document is really the foundation of a license appeal, we absolutely require that we meet before you get it done (even if that’s done remotely).

It is this commitment of time and effort that separates true superstars in any endeavor from everyone else; those who are successful at what they do prepare and practice, and then practice more and spend countless hours perfecting their craft. 

That’s how we do things, and that's why we win our cases the first time, and guarantee it.

In a driver's license appeal, going with the low bidder and cutting corners is NOT a recipe for success. 

My team and I don’t “build in” the cost of next year’s appeal because there is almost never a need for one. We make our money doing things right the first time, but doing it right takes a lot of time and effort, none of which you will get for a bargain. 

Ever.

One HUGE thing that makes our firm different from everyone else is that we publish our prices online. You can find them here: Fees.

We strongly believe in being upfront about costs, so we are.

Beyond money, we are unique because we absolutely require a potential client to have really quit drinking before we’ll take his or her case. 

All the talk about high standards is just talk if a lawyer will just take any old case as long as someone is willing to pay the fee.

  • We don’t. Our integrity is not for sale.
  • No matter how much money you offer, we won’t take your case if you’re still drinking. 
  • A necessary component of a winning license reinstatement case is having a sober client, and we require no less. 
  • My team and I do things right and we play by the rules. We’re not interested in taking a case for anyone who has not really and truly stopped using alcohol. 
  • To do so is not only dumb and greedy, but just plain wrong.

If you’ve ever bought a high-end brand of just about anything, you realize how much better it is than something made by the discount or “knock off” competition. In just about everything you can think of, less-expensive alternatives are inferior because they try and copy the original using cheaper materials and workmanship.

In that sense, “Made in the USA” isn’t just about patriotism. Haven’t you felt a surge of disappointment if you’ve looked and seen that something has a “Made in China” sticker on it? 

In the driver's license restoration world, this can be seen in the ever-changing field of "McLicense" operations. 

When it comes to a winning license appeal case, the better product MUST begin with a client who is genuinely sober. 

While my team and I are really good at what we do, part of our success is the result of starting with better materials in the first place.

Winning back your driver’s license comes down to telling the story of your recovery, of making the transition from drinker to non-drinker. 

If you’ve had formal help doing that through something like counseling, treatment, or AA, then you realize the importance of speaking with someone who understands and can speak the language of addiction and recovery.

Welcome to our world

Beyond having just spent more than 30 years in this field, I have completed a formal post-graduate, University program of addiction studies, and understand the development, diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse disorders, as well as the entire spectrum of ways people recover from them, all the way from “traditional” 12-step programs to the most modern treatment protocols. 

As a Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyer, I an unique, and therefore uniquely qualified, because I speak the language of counselors who do substance abuse evaluations, and I also speak the language of the hearing officers, who are lawyers, and ultimately decide each and every license appeal that's filed.

I make sure my team does, too, and uses that clinical knowledge to our clients’ advantage.

Our job is to ensure that everything “translates” into a winning appeal, and we do - so thoroughly, in fact, that we guarantee to win every restoration and clearance appeal case we take, and therefore count on not having to come back next year to do it all over again, without charge.

This makes us every bit as invested in winning as our clients.

If you didn't have much formal help in getting alcohol out of your life, then you’re going to need someone who can explain the facts of your case and your journey from drinking to abstinence in both clinical and legal terms in such a way to actually win your case. 

Our firm stands alone in that regard. 

I can provide a detailed explanation of recovery principles that other lawyers don’t even know exist. 

Accordingly, my team and I bring the lawyer’s knowledge to the clinical side of things, and the clinical understanding to the legal aspect of your case. 

The real “cost” of losing a license restoration or clearance appeal has less to do with legal fees and more to do with being denied for another whole year, and having to bum rides for the next 12 months, or even longer. 

In addition to that, in your next appeal, you’ll have to fix whatever went wrong the first time, and that can set you back even longer. 

Some of the costs of losing the first time are financial, of course, but they also include all the other problems associated with being dependent on (and a burden to) others for transportation, and having to deal with the lack of independence and inability to really move forward in your life and career. 

Not having a license is limiting in many ways.

Losing, therefore, brings incalculable costs. That's why winning the first time is the best investment you can make.

These aren't concerns if you hire us. Our guarantee means we want to win your case the first time around every bit as much as you do. Ultimately, our goal is to get you back on the road, where you belong, and our of our file cabinet.

If you’re sober, and you’re really serious about getting your license back, then we should talk

Call us when you're ready to win.
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