The Nichols Law Firm is Michigan’s leading Drunk Driving Defense law firm. Nichols Lawyer Mike Nichols is regarded as an expert in Michigan on OWI/DUI/OUIL issues and published the book on Michigan Criminal Law and Procedure. Nichols Law is where Michigan turns to for criminal defense.

We are in the 3rd week and 2nd full week of working remotely. We remain here with the help of Kelly Thomison, who is our essential employee and is physically checking in as necessary.

We are following the Executive Orders from the governor accordingly – what is of utmost importance is that you stay safe and stay healthy. The best way to do that: stay home. We are watching the executive, legislative and judicial branches carefully. When we see over-stepping – we will call our elected-officials out on it. As we see critical Executive Orders or legislation coming out we will share that with you. For example: this order issued Thursday evening from Michigan’s Public Health Director:

It is important that our clients, former clients and friends know what is lawful and what is unlawful and which “temporary” laws are of dubious authority or enforceability. Lawyers are still here and we are not going away. The Nichols Law Firm is still here and still committed to results.

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Yes – we are identifying cases and clients, even former clients, for whom we should pursue relief. It can be a matter of life or death.

Also mid-Michigan/Ingham County business owners: if you are critical infrastructure OR you have employees who are essential to remote operations on the worksite - the Ingham Co Health Department has rescinded and revised its order from Saturday and it is almost identical except for revised explanations of "exempt" workers.

Let us be clear - we are as civil libertarian and pro civil liberties as it gets. We are an Ingham County-based law firm. We are going to try to follow the "order" even though we certainly would challenge the propriety of convicting someone for a violation. If you or your workers are confronted advise them to make it clear that they are trying to follow all the orders and that they want to call an attorney. Have them call Mike: 517 927 4734.

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Download Order Extending AdministrativeOrder Nos. 2020-1 and 2020-2 Until at Least April 14, 2020

Download Order Suspending Filing Deadlinesin the Michigan Supreme Courtand Court of Appeals

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Founded in 2006 by the husband and wife legal team of Mike and Wendy Nichols, the Nichols Law Firm has grown to become one of Michigan's most effective and successful law offices. Our team of Nichols Law Firm lawyers are nationally recognized leaders in the areas of DUI, Marijuana, Family, Divorce, and Personal Injury Law. Attorney Mike Nichols has been repeatedly recognized as a SuperLawyer by Thomsen Reuters West for Criminal Law, in addition to authoring the Michigan OUI Handbook for WestLaw. No matter how big or how small the situation you find yourself in may be, you can trust that there is an honest and fearless advocate at the Nichols Law Firm waiting to help you get the results you need.

Having a run-in on the wrong side of the law can be the most nerve wracking experience one can face. The Nichols Lawyers know that the first question you likely think of after your arrest is “what’s next?” Being convicted of a crime can change your life forever. Whether you’re charged with OWI, Marijuana Possession, Misconduct in Office, or homicide, having a dedicated criminal defense team can mean all the difference in the outcome you experience. For people who are dependent on their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to live, they have no option but to fight the charges against them and avoid a license suspension.

With OWI or Drug Use charges, science matters. The Nichols Lawyers are nationally recognized leaders in challenging the police science and legal tactics being used against you. After years of fighting for scientific fairness, Mike Nichols secured a court decision which changed the face of forensic measurement in Michigan and states around the country by requiring that courts verify the validity of science being used against an accused person.

We are proud to have earned our reputation of being hardworking in every field we practice. Attorney Wendy Schiller-Nichols has tirelessly worked for more than defending the rights drivers who have been hurt in an accident by an at-fault driver. Attorney James Heos has spent 40 years fighting for the rights of his injured clients and securing million dollar verdicts.

Hiring the Nichols Law Firm does not just provide you with an attorney on your case; you’re hiring our full team. From the ground up, your case will be given the attention it deserves starting at the moment you walk into our office. We encourage you to browse our website to find more information about the law, police science, and how you can help your Nichols Lawyer build a strategy to secure the result that you need to move past your current legal issue. Through our commitment to results, we are excited to earn your trust.



Mike Nichols updates the 2020 OWI Book for Michigan Lawyers for Thomson Reuters West Publishing

Mike used the "downtime" with courts closed all over the state to focus on completing the 11th update of this vital book for Michigan lawyers as the publication enters its 2nd decade. "One of my favorite subjects was the City of Lansing v Reynolds" case - in which the Judge granted a new trial over a Brady violation by Geoff French at the Michigan State Police lab.



Did you know the Michigan Breath Alcohol Testing program is NOT accredited?

Michigan DUI attorney Mike Nichols cross-examined the new technical supervisor for the breath alcohol program in July, 2019. Mike presented to Michigan lawyers on the #badbreathscandal and he shared the transcript of that testimony as well as the CV for W. Mark Fondren. Now he shares it with you

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The Impaired Driving Commission released their report today about marijuana impairment in drivers. There is definitely some good stuff in there, namely:

  1. Recommendation against a per se limit – they said there is no way for that to be equally applied
  2. HGN is not effective for marijuana intoxication
  3. They recommend officers use unstandardized tests for marijuana investigations

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WATCH: Are you “Claritin clear?” If so, you may want to decline allowing the officer to administer the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test.

Research and expertise courtesy of Ronald Henson, PhD.



MSP Protocol Update

The Michigan State Police has updated its blood alcohol procedures for 2018 as well as its uncertainty statements for certain drugs that it typically analyzes. See the protocols here.

Download the MSP Determination of Ethanol PDF

Download the MSP Measurement Uncertainty PDF

Download DMT Evidential Breath Testing Training Manual 2018 PDF



Mike Nichols Honored With the 2018 Leo Farhat Award

November 14, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(East Lansing, MI) – Nichols Law Firm Partner Michael J. Nichols has been honored with the 2018 Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award by the Ingham County Bar Association. According to the Ingham County Bar Association, the award is presented to a member of the Bar Association who has distinguished himself or herself by manifesting exemplary character, integrity, judgment, and legal scholarship while adhering to and advancing the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession.

Mr. Nichols is a graduate of the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has been a practicing trial attorney for almost 20 years specializing in all aspects of criminal defense, but with a particular focus on OWI/OUI law and forensic science. Nichols, along with his wife and law partner, attorney Wendy Schiller-Nichols, opened the Nichols Law Firm in 2006. He is a full time father of three children and an avid runner. He has devoted much of his free time to the mentoring of young lawyers, presenting at judicial conferences, and working to advocate for a fair judicial system.  He currently holds a perfect 10/10 rating on the lawyer review service Avvo and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for seven straight years. Mr. Nichols is a sought-after lecturer around the country and the State of Michigan. He also authored the "Michigan OWI Handbook" for West Publishing.

“Mike is courageous, brave, and tenacious – he takes on cases and fights for clients that a lot of people would not,” says Mary Chartier, Partner of Chartier & Nyamfukudza, PLC, and President of the Ingham County Bar Association. “He is not afraid to stand up for clients in either the court of law or court of public opinion. We are proud of his accomplishments and our members are honored to recognize him with this award.”

The Nichols Law Firm is one of Lansing and mid-Michigan’s fastest growing and most highly sought after law firms. With a team of skilled and compassionate attorneys, paralegals, and assistants, the firm represents many clients every year in the areas of criminal defense, family and domestic law, auto accident injuries, medical malpractice, and other personal injury cases. For more information, please contact the firm at (517) 432-9000.

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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.