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Monday, September 14, 2009

Probation Officer Demands Jail in an East Lansing DUI: Judge Gives a NLF Client a Second Chance

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

A judge gave a Nichols Law Firm client with prior DUI convictions a second chance and allowed him to earn the ability to stay out of jail by seeing through substance-abuse-treatment, despite the aggressive request for jail time from the probation department. "The judge recognized that before him was a citizen-facing-jail-for-his-3rd-DUI conviction but that this was not someone who belongs in jail" said attorney Mike Nichols. Nichols added: "there was nothing special or magical about this gentleman or his background but he did everything that the Nichols-Law-Firm-team-of-DUI-attorneys advised him to do to resume abstinence and keep walking the path of sobriety. Relapse is part of recovery. I commend the judge for not falling into the trap of treating every case the same way and realizing that this case was a chance for a citizen struggling with sobriety to avoid jail," Nichols also said. The client's sentence included 2 years of probation with intensive monitoring to ensure that he remains abstinent. If he stays in treatment and verifies sobriety, a sentence of 45 days in jail will be suspended completely and the client will not serve any time behind bars.

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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.