Troy MI License Restoration Blog

Monday, October 26, 2015


For the most I put stock in the old saying, “You get what you pay for”. This is very true when it comes to the attorney/client relationship.

In light of the fact that, “you don’t know what you don’t know”, the petitioner’s case is only as good as the attorney’s preparation makes it. If the attorney misses a requirement of the statute or just plain does not prepare the client adequately, there is very little the client can do to rectify the situation.

And, for the client, they will be unaware of any problems until they get the denial of their petition and it is too late to do anything about it.

Having said that, what should a person pay for a license restoration hearing?? Since there is no “one size fits all” price out there, it really boils down to the difficulty of the particular case. Does the petitioner have many drinking/driving offenses? Does the petitioner have multiple DWLS charges after his license was revoked? Has the petitioner attempted a DAAD hearing already, and failed? How many hearings?

As you can see, there are numerous factors to consider when arriving at a fair price. Furthermore, the above list is only a scratching of the surface when one looks at the big picture.

Suffice it to say that the nuances are varied and the pitfalls are plentiful.

That brings the discussion to another point. Knowing the subject matter inside and out is absolutely necessary for the attorney and this goes without saying. However, an effective representation includes knowledge of not only the law but also of the procedural aspects of the hearing itself and also of the particular hearing officer and his/her idiosyncrasies.

Knowing the hearing officers by name, knowing how they “tick”, knowing the questions they are going to ask, knowing what they want to hear, knowing what the DAAD hearing officer thinks is important and knowing how not to waste the hearing officers time are all critical for the best odds of success.

In my mind,, I am a better attorney than I was 25 years ago. Many beat downs later and many hearings of learning the ropes and getting to know the hearing officers on a personal level, has made me the effective lawyer in this field that I am today.

Unfortunately, for lawyering there is a learning curve. Everyone has to start somewhere and everyone has to make the “rookie” mistakes. When you hire me, all those wrinkles have been ironed out many years ago, now the wrinkles are on my face but the experience is on my resume and for those who are fortunate enough to hire me are those who get the benefit of 26 years of experience.

I know how nerve racking driving without a license can be (in addition to being illegal). I also can imagine how difficult it must be trying to make ends meet without the privilege of being able to drive.

When having driving privileges is essential and losing a DAAD petition is not an option, call the Law Offices of Martin Lievois in Troy at 248-419-1566.

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