Why I Charge What I Do
It has never really been my approach to compare what I charge or how I handle license restoration appeals to the way any other lawyer does them. I don’t compete with anyone else on any level, price or otherwise. I have a guarantee to make sure we win the first time. I earn my fee by getting you back on the road this year, not next year.
To start, I’ll spend 3 hours with you at our very first meeting, which is more time than just about everyone 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 3 hours are really only enough to begin to plan things out and get the ball rolling, if it's going to be done carefully and thoroughly.
It takes that much time for me to properly prepare you just to have your substance use evaluation completed. Because that document is really the foundation of a license appeal, I absolutely require that we meet before you get it done (and for 3 hours, no less). 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 getting things perfect. That’s how I do things, and that's why I win the first time, and guarantee it.
There is really no undertaking where going with the low bidder and cutting corners is a recipe for success. I don’t “build in” the cost of next year’s appeal because there is almost never a need for one. I make my money doing it 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.
Beyond money, I am unlike any other lawyer I know in that I absolutely require a potential client to have really quit drinking before I’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.
I don’t. My integrity is not for sale.
No matter how much money you offer, I won’t take your case if you’re still drinking. A necessary component of a winning license reinstatement case is having a sober client. As I’ve noted before, I do things right and I play by the rules. I’m 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. “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 a license appeal, the better product begins a client who is genuinely sober. While I'm really good at what I do, part of my 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 converses in the language of addiction and recovery.
Welcome to my world. Beyond having just spent more than 25 years in this field, I have completed a formal post-graduate, University level program of addiction studies, and understand the entire spectrum of recovery processes, from the “traditional” 12-step to the most modern. As a Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyer, I an unique, and 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 that everything “translates” into a winning appeal, and I do it so thoroughly that I guarantee a win, and count on not having to come back next year.
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. I stand alone in that regard. I can argue aspects of recovery principles that other lawyers don’t even know exist. I bring the lawyer’s knowledge to the clinical side of things, and the clinical understanding to the legal aspect of your case. This is certainly not the area of expertise of any other lawyer, much less the discount operator.
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, you’ll have to fix, in your next appeal, whatever went wrong the first time, and that can set you back way more than just another year. 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, a lack of independence and the 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 me. My fee doesn’t figure in another appeal in case you lose - it makes sure you don't lose - and that you win your case the first time around, so that you can get back on the road, where you belong.
If you’re sober, and you’re really serious about getting your license back, then we should talk. Call me when you're ready to win.