Category Archives: Driver’s License Appeal

Email from a Client

“Neil, RJ got his letter for full restoration from the Driver’s License Appellate Division today. You played a key role in his journey back to sanity. Pat yourself on the back counselor.”

We always love to hear from our clients.


NEIL ROCKIND, P.C.: 2 – Secretary of State: 0

If you have lost your drivers license and are attempting to get it back from the Secretary of State, just know that your road will be long and arduous. You will be met with roadblocks, detours and dead-ends. That’s where we come in.

When it comes to your driving privileges, the Michigan Secretary of State is equivalent to a monarchy. The hearing officers who make the decisions are not judges, yet they will hear all of the testimony and have the ultimate authority to either grant you your request and return your drivers license or deny your request and keep it from you. The vast majority of individuals who apply for  return of their licence are denied. We believe that this is due to 2 separate, yet equal factors: lack of preparation for the hearing and obtuse and irrational hearing officers. Neil Rockind, P.C., due to our preparatory skills and tried and true method of preparation, do not often lose at the initial hearing.

But what we cannot account for (let alone stand) are ridiculous and irrational hearing officers who decide to deny you your license for arbitrary and capricious reasons – even when you have done everything right!

Twice in the past 6 months we have represented individuals who had done everything right, had met every requirement placed upon them by the Secretary of State, and yet had been denied the return of their license. Twice we have appealed that decision to the Circuit Court. Twice we have submitted briefs and made oral arguments on behalf of our clients at the Circuit Court level as to why the hearing officers were wrong in their denial.

As of last week, twice we have prevailed.

Both times, the Judge at the Circuit Court level decided that the hearing officer at the Secretary of State had ABUSED his or her discretion and made the wrong decision. Both times we fought tooth and nail and both times it has paid off.

Neil Rockind, P.C. is extremely versed in handling all types of Driver’s License cases. If you or a loved one is faced with a possible loss of your driver’s license or are interested in attempting to regain your driver’s license, please contact Neil Rockind, P.C. at or call our office directly at 248-208-3800 to schedule a free consultation!