Restoring Your License and Privilege to Drive is not the easiest thing in the world. In fact, it's downright hard...
Get help from Experienced, Affordable, and Aggressive Schmierlaw to get your license back

Schmierlaw is an experienced driver's license appeal law firm who, if you are eligible, can guide you through the appeal process to restore your driver's license and your privilege to drive. You can go it alone, but if you fail you cannot re-apply for one year. So you want to get it right the first time!

If your Driver License is Revoked, Getting it Back is not Easy
Many people think that getting your license restored is an easy and casual process. Don't believe it. Under the guidelines, you must present "Clear and Convincing" evidence that you won't drink and drive again and the hearing officers are trained to be tough and make sure you present that evidence. They will look for any reason to deny your request to have your license restored. And, the elephant in the room is that, we are asking for your license back because you chose to drink and drive having already been caught doing it before. Our job is to convince him you won't do it again after having done it again before.

You have the Burden of Proof, Not the State
In a criminal case, the burden is on the prosecutor to prove by plea or trial that you are guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt”. In an Appeal Board hearing, the opposite is true, the burden is on you to convince the hearing officer with “clear and convincing” evidence that you will not do it again. An experienced attorney who understands the process can help you do it.

We Will Help You with the Appeal Process
We will guide you through the process and make certain you have the tools to best present your case. We will prepare you for the appeal hearing by making sure you know what to expect. We will assess your application to make sure everything is consistent. We can recommend an Alcohol Assessment Therapist and will work with you to make sure that your Assessment is the best it can be. We will examine your reference letters making sure that they are effective and will help persuade the Hearing Officer to restore your license. We will review your proposed testimony, alert you to danger points, and provide you with valuable tips designed to make sure you have the best chance of winning.

if we don’t think we can prevail, we tell you
If we think you will not prevail, we will recommend waiting rather than taking your money knowing you will fail. If you are on probation during the year before your hearing, it is unlikely your privilege to drive will be restored. The hearing officer will believe that the only reason you have abstained from alcohol is because you are being tested. Or if you have not been going to AA or demonstrate some other tool you use to stay abstinent, don’t bother applying.

At Schmierlaw, we understand the entire appeal process and what it takes to win.

Reference Letters
You must obtain documentation of your drinking and drug use habits in the form of notarized letters from people in your community who have frequent contact with you and may know something about your drinking habits and/or use of controlled substances. These would include immediate family members, other relatives, employers, friends, pastors, local police, a recognized support group such as 12 step meetings or Women for Sobriety, neighbors or others with whom you associate.

It is required you submit at least 3 letters, but not more than six. These letters should be signed, notarized and dated and include the complete mailing address and daytime telephone number of the person writing the letter and should address the following information:

• What the writer's relationship is to you.
• How long they have known you.
• How often they see you.
• Their knowledge of your past and current use of alcohol and/or drugs including frequency of use, amount used, what you used, etc.
• The last time they saw or had knowledge that you had used any alcohol and/or drugs.
• What their knowledge is of your past and current involvement in treatment and/or a support group.
• Other information they believe is important

If you are in group like AA or NA, find a sponsor because, one of your letters should be from your sponsor. In addition, the DLAD emphasizes that letters should come from a "cross-sampling of your family, family and co-workers who are in a position to know, observe and personally attest to your habits regarding the use of alcohol and/or controlled substances.”
Selecting an experience attorney to help you through this process is very important. Having represented several clients, Schmierlaw, can help you prepare, recommend experienced professionals to conduct alcohol or controlled substance abuse evaluations and assessments, review your application for inconsistencies, and make sure you have the best chance possible to regain your privilege to drive.

A lot of people think it's pretty simple to get your privilege to drive restored but the fact is they revoked your license after being convicted within 7 years of the same offense. The Hearing Officer knows that you probably stood in front of a Judge the first time it happened and stated, with remorse, " I won't do that again". But you did. That's why you are at the hearing and that's the "Elephant" in the room. At Schmierlaw we have experience telling your story and why the hearing officer should give you another chance and restore your privilege to drive,


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Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC
2222 Attard Street, Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Tel: (248) 705-3742     FAX: (248) 540-0044    Email: jschmier@schmierlaw.com