But they certainly will not tell you that!! After hearing horror stories from a number of clients in the past, it became apparent that many a poor soul retain attorneys who are going to figure it out on the fly or worse yet get an attorney that feels he can read the regulations and go into a hearing and "wing it".
These are the same clients who, after listening to me tell them whats involved in the process say to me, "geez, my last attorney didn't make me do any of this!!". At which point in time i reply "Yea, and look where you are.". The truth about getting your license back in Michigan after losing it because of drinking or drugging while driving is that the process is a "proactive" one. That is to say, as a client, you cannot merely "pay an attorney" and then just sit back and have him do the work. (Although in many types of cases this is more the case than not, drivers license restorations in Michigan are somewhat unique in this sense.)
Don't get me wrong, any license restoration attorney worth his salt does plenty of work, its just that he cannot do it all. There are parts that are for the client to complete himself. Although the client never proceeds without the continual guidance of the attorney, the actual task has to be done by the client. For instance, approaching potential authors of the testimonial letters, completing the ten panel drug screen, participating in the substance abuse evaluation, etc., are things only the client can do.
Now, as part of the statutory requirements to conduct a DAAD hearing, any attorney will advise the client that these things must be done however, knowing the difference between a "good" testimonial letter and a "bad" one or knowing good competent evaluators for the substance abuse evaluations or taking the time to "prep" witnesses and the client before the day of the hearing, separates the seasoned attorney from the amateur.
So, when one considers petitioning the Secretary of State for reinstatement of driving privileges, it should not be the time to be looking for the "blue light special". For those of you too young to know what i'm referring to, in other words, its no time to look for the "basement bargain" deal when hiring an attorney. Considering the effort, time, anxiety and expense involved, going through the process once is how to get the best value for the money spent.
Some of the finer details of a successful petition quite simply put, cannot be gleaned from a reading of the statute. The statute may tell you that a substance abuse evaluation must be completed but the statute does not tell you what it "must say". The statute clearly indicates testimonial letters must be submitted but it doesn't indicate "how" they should be written. Don't figure out that you hired the wrong attorney after the fact and then have to wait another year for your next hearing.
Call me so we can do it right the first time!