NEW! Administrative Review - Guaranteed Win
The process still begins with an initial, 3-hour meeting before you have your Substance Abuse Evaluation completed. Instead of sitting face to face across my conference room desk, however, we’ll do this by Skype, or by phone. In the case of Administrative Reviews, my Office will mail a packet to you first, so that when we sit down for that first 3-hour meeting, you’ll have the required documents in front of you. If you’ll be using a cell phone, make sure you have your battery charged, or have a charger/plug nearby.
Perhaps the most significant feature of my regular License Appeals is that I guarantee a win. I would not undertake any kind of License Appeal if I could not guarantee a winning result. It would be easy to just set a Fee, take money and handle an Administrative Review but I wouldn’t do that unless I could provide a Guarantee.
I have all of my live Hearings conducted at the Livonia branch of the Michigan Secretary of State’s Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD). Because of that, there are no unknown quantities or unpredictable variables when I put together a License Appeal and know it will be assigned to 1 of the 5 Hearing Officers there. An Administrative Review, however, is an “Appeal by Mail.” There is no Hearing. The paperwork is randomly assigned to the various Hearing Officers all around the state. By contrast, then, an Administrative Review looks like a potluck of unknowns. The challenge has been to find a way to control these variables, or “unknowns,” so that I could still guarantee a winning result, and now, I’m able to do that..
Even an Administrative Review has to follow the established rules of the Driver Assessment Appeal Division. It will take more work doing it ‘long distance,” but I can make sure the evidence precisely conforms to those rules. While I cannot control the variable of which Hearing Officer in the state will first decide the case (in a live, in-person Hearing, I know that the case will be assigned to one of the Livonia Hearing Officers), I can make sure that the Appeal, as submitted, is a winner. And I can make sure that, if some distant Hearing Officer thinks otherwise, the case will ultimately be a winner if I have to request an Appeal and schedule it for a Hearing in Livonia.
Doing it this way, I can guarantee a win. The Fee for an Administrative Review is same $3000 I charge in a regular clearance or restoration case. The difference, however is that if that review is not successful, then a live Hearing will have to take place. To be clear, the live Hearing is not a new case – no new evidence can be submitted. A live Hearing is just an opportunity to present the evidence already submitted to a Hearing Officer. I can have that done in Livonia, making the Hearing itself a known quantity, and it will be based upon the evidence I put together, meaning it will be of the standard that allows me to guarantee a win.
If a Hearing has to be scheduled, the additional cost will be $1000. Once that is paid, my Guarantee applies. There will never be any further Fees. This has the potential to cost no more regular License Appeal, where the Client returns to Michigan twice, plus all the money saved in 2 round-trips and related expenses. In the worst case, the Client will only be out $1000 more than if they did the two trip thing, and, even then, will only have to make one trip back, to Michigan anyway.
Putting together an Administrative Review will definitely involve more up-front work than putting together a winning case that will be set for a live Hearing, but I’ve accounted for that in the Fee. The Client will be seeing an out-of-state Evaluator, and that means I will have to give that person a crash course in how to properly do a Michigan Substance Abuse Evaluation, and provide them with some examples of Evaluations that have been done correctly, and then go over them. This is a lot of extra work, but as I point out again and again, there are no shortcuts to doing things right. Because we’re “stuck” with the paperwork we put together and send in for an Administrative Review, and because we cannot change any part of it once it’s filed, it MUST be done right. If there is a need to subsequently file for a live Hearing, I have to make sure that the case previously presented was airtight. This differs from the usual live Hearing because in those cases, I can show up and submit additional paperwork, or offer a corrected or updated letter, or addendum to the Substance Abuse Evaluation.
If the Administrative Review is first denied, then we’ll have to file for a live Hearing in Livonia. Alternatively, a person could just skip it, and try again next year, but that would be crazy, because they’d miss out on my Guarantee. While I fully expect to win the case at the Administrative Review stage, and certainly at any subsequent Hearing, there is an invaluable peace of mind in knowing that because of my Guarantee, there will be no further legal Fees, ever. As I point out with respect to my regular License Appeals, this arrangement provides every incentive for me to win the first time. In a very real way, I am invested in doing so. I no more want to have to actually have to do “warranty work” than the Client wants to have me to. In every way, we’re both better off winning the first time around.