Nichols Lawyers are LEADERS in Drunk Driving Defense. We literally wrote the book on drunk driving defense in Michigan. Mike Nichols is one of the top OWI-DUI-OUIL experts in Michigan, who others turn to for help when it comes to the defense of drunk driving charges.

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The Nichols Law Firm lawyers are SuperLawyers for a reason. You walk out of the jail tasting the fear of the answer to the question "what's next?" A conviction for the crime that you are accused of committing changes your life forever - whether it is drunk driving or murder; and that scares you. For commercial driver license (CDL) holders - you have no option but to fight and avoid a license suspension. Conquer that fear and find hope where others find only options that seem unacceptable.

Operating while intoxicated by drugs, whether alcohol or marijuana - prescription or not - the Nichols Law Firm team are recognized nationally as leaders in challenging the science and the legal tactics used by police; the Nichols Law Firm gets results. If you need a result, you need a team who is commited to results and you came to the right place: The Nichols Law Firm.

Attorney Mike Nichols is recognized around the nation as one of the leaders in the emerging field of measurement variability and inaccuracy. Whether it is a blood or breath test - Mike Nichols is the lawyer who has changed the face of forensic measurement in Michigan and even in other states around the country. Nichols is recognized as a SuperLawyer by Thomsen Reuters West for OWI/Criminal law. Additionally, Attorney Karen Phillips is recognized as a rising star on the SuperLawyers list. Attorney Josh Covert is a leader in fighting for the rights of medical marijuana patients and has earned recognition around the country for his work in the so- called "baby Bree" case. Attorney Stephanie Tzafaroglou has authored briefs that have helped changed Michigan law. Attorney Wendy Schiller-Nichols is a leader in defending the rights of all drivers - including those who have been hurt in an accident by an at- fault driver.

Browse our site to find more information about the law, the science behind a case and how you can help your Nichols Law Firm Lawyer find a strategy to secure the result that you need to put this legal problem behind you; and put your life back on track through a commitment to results

Thank you, Veterans

East Lansing attorney Mike Nichols offers thanks to all those who are serving, have served, and gave their lives in protection of our country and our freedoms.

Charges Dismissed Against Deputy Iosco Treasurer in Scathing Court Opinion

(East Tawas, MI) - In a scathing ruling that repudiates the judgment of the county prosecutor in bringing charges, an Iosco County Judge dismissed a criminal case filed by the Iosco County Prosecutor against a county employee. Mike Nichols, defense attorney for Deputy Treasurer Cathy Anderson, praised the ruling and blamed the prosecutor for “putting my client through hell” in order to gain publicity for her judicial campaign.

“What [Iosco Prosecutor] Nichol Palumbo tried to do here amounts to an abuse of power,” Nichols says. Nichols said that “the judge finding that no money was missing was a simple application of basic facts to the law. I made a 5 minute phone call with the county auditor to learn that no funds were missing. If prosecutor Palumbo had taken just a little bit of time to actually investigate the facts, this case would not have seen the light of day.”

Palumbo charged Cathy Anderson with a 10 year felony for Embezzlement by a Public Official. A preliminary examination was held on August 23rd and both sides submitted legal briefs shortly after. Iosco Judge Allen C. Yenior dismissed the case in a 4 page opinion issued October 12, 2016 that stated his finding that the charges should have never been brought. Specifically the judge questioned the statement filed by the prosecutor to seek a warrant against Ms. Anderson because it was “devoid of necessary information for a probable cause finding” and filled with “pure conclusion.” Ms. Anderson, a long-time employee of the treasurer’s office, who raised her kids in Iosco County says “I feel vindicated of criminal wrongdoing. I now am going to contemplate my next steps but first I need to put my life together again. This has been hard. It was hard to work in the office with the stress and tension. I am planning my next steps.”

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For Nichols, the prosecutor’s actions raise serious questions about her political motivations. “Prosecutor Palumbo put my client through hell for her own political gain and she should have to answer to why she decided to waste the taxpayers’ money on charging this case,” he said. In particular, Nichols wants answers on whether the prosecutor made any agreement with treasury department employee Jane Hackborn in exchange for Hackborn’s bizarre and incomprehensible testimony at the preliminary examination, which Judge Yenior considered to be biased and not credible in his opinion. Nichols added that “the timing of a meeting between Hackborn and Palumbo over this issue just a few days before Hackborn filed to run for the Treasurer’s job and Palumbo brought these unfounded charges speaks for itself.”

Nichols will be available to meet with the media Thursday October 13th and Friday October 14th in East Tawas.”

Big Changes Coming to Michigan's Medical Marijuana Law

Michigan Cannabis Defender Josh Covert on the Medical Marijuana Bills That May Soon Become Law

Michigan Marijuana Attorney and Advocate Josh Covert tracked a package of bills that were voted out of the Michigan Senate on Thursday September 8, 2016. The bills will have the effect of taxing the patients who need medicinal marijuana and regulating the providers of medicine that is delivered throughout the state. Before these bills become law, the Michigan House must concur on amendments before they can reach the Governor’s desk. Under Michigan’s legislative system, proposed laws must be passed in the exact same form in both chambers. If both chambers can’t agree on the language of the bill, a special committee is then formed to reconcile the differences in the legislation. All of this means that there is still time to call your elected Representatives and Senators if you do not like something in this legislation. Nichols Lawyer Josh Covert comments on the bills:

Text of the Senate-passed bills can be found below with our brief summary of the legislation.

House Bill 4209

  • Creates the Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA)
  • Sets up the legal process for people to open marijuana retailers such as provisioning centers, transportation services, and growing operations
  • Removes criminal and civil penalties for business operating in compliance with the act
  • Implements a 3% sales tax to be distributed proportionally among cities and counties with marijuana facilities and various law enforcement groups

House Bill 4210

  • Legalizes the use of marijuana infused products and concentrates by qualifying patients with a valid registry card

House Bill 4827

  • Creates a statewide database to track medical marijuana from seed to sale
  • Database will track the sale and inventory of marijuana at facilities
  • Database must be accessible to law enforcement to ensure that patients and caregivers are valid and have not exceeded the daily purchase amount to be determined by the newly created Medical Marijuana Licensing Board

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Don’t get burned by these proposed changes. To find out if you might be impacted by this legislation, call for a consult with the Nichols Lawyers today at (517) 432-9000.

Welcome Week 2016 - Breath Tests

Know Your Breath Test Rights This Welcome Week

Attorney Mike Nichols of the Nichols Law Firm in East Lansing shares an important tip to help you keep your criminal record clean this Welcome Week. Be smart, be safe, and Go Green!


Josh Covert Wins "Law Firm of the Year" Trichome Award from Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients

Congratulations to Nichols Law Firm partner Josh Covert. Thanks to Mr. Covert's efforts as an activist and fighter for Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients, the Nichols Law Firm was named law firm of the year at the recent Extreme Cannaquest Expo in Lansing.

Covert says "it was an honor just to be nominated by the patients. It was the inaugural Extreme Cannaquest Expo and that made the award extra special." The award was presented by Hybrid Life Magazine and

Mike Nichols, Founder of the Nichols Law Firm, credits Covert. "This award was all Josh. I'm grateful for his dedication to his clients and his cause but probably not nearly as grateful as all the people who he's spent countless hours helping," he says. You can reach Josh Covert at Mike Nichols can be reached at


Courser & Gamrat Opinion & Order on Cotter Subpoena

Judge rules that the Michigan House Speaker Cannot have Blanket Immunity in Gamrat case

Michigan criminal attorney Mike Nichols, who represents Cindy Gamrat, a former legislator now charged with misconduct in office says that the ruling strikes the right balance. "The Nixon case is uniquely suited for analyzing this situation legally and historically, as it relates to the claims by Kevin Cotter that he may not be compelled as a witness."


The Nichols Law Firm Makes Public Emails Showing Fraudulent Science at the Michigan State Police Lab

The Nichols Law Firm has made available for any lawyer, citizen, prosecutor, member of law enforcement or the criminal justice system including judges, a series of e-mails that reveal the influence of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) on the reporting by analysts working on suspected THC specimens at the Michigan State Police lab. Mike Nichols, an adjunct professor of forensic science in criminal law at the Western Michigan University Thomas M Cooley Law School and author of the Michigan OWI Manual for West Publishing said “the taxpayers of Michigan are literally being defrauded and short-changed when this interference happens. The lobbying organization for Michigan prosecutors needs to get its paws off the lab.”

The e-mails, secured by Detroit-area attorneys Jeff Frazier and Michael Komoron, reveal that analysts expressed concern through their supervisors about the inability to distinguish artificially-produced marijuana from marijuana grown in the ground. The difference could often mean a felony charge versus a misdemeanor. The Michigan State Police Captain, who is in charge of the lab, told the analysts that Ken Stecker, who is the Traffic Safety Prosecutor for PAAM, would advise him of the “proper reporting” of THC analyzed in the lab in one of the -emails. Josh Covert, an attorney/advocate for medical marijuana patients and their rights, who fought for the return of “Baby Bree” from Michigan Child Protective Services (CPS) says “I wish I could say that I am shocked by what was revealed so far but I learned the hard way over the years that some in law enforcement will stop at nothing to take money and property from citizens in the name of a plant.”

The investigation and public outreach will continue. In the meantime, Nichols and Covert called for further study into the feasibility of making the forensic science labs that are used for court purposes independent instead of funded through and operated by the Michigan State Police.

Email Nichols or Covert at or or call them at 517.432.9000 or 877-DUI-LAWS

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Mike Nichols Serves as Guest Speaker on Law Day

"Mike – Thanks so much for collaborating with the MI Supreme Court Learning Center on Law Day 2016! A formal thank you and photo of the event are attached."

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Peer Recognition

Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

Mike Nichols is recognized by his peers in Michigan as a “SuperLawyer” in DUI/Criminal Defense. Nichols has also been asked to speak at conferences by groups such as the NCDD; Various Bar Associations in other states.