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Wednesday, November 23, 2011


By Michael Nichols
Categories: Drunk-Driving

     The biggest bar night of the year in Michigan is now one of the biggest bust nights of the year for police officers enforcing Michigan's drunk driving laws. "Police arrested nearly 100 more citizens for drunk driving in 2010 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving than on any other Wednesday of the year," says East Lansing attorney Mike Nichols, citing a press release issued by the Michigan State Police on Tuesday, November 21. Nichols added: "if you are out, designate a driver or leave your keys at home and call a cab. Many cases in which a person is arrested for drunk driving start with a plan for a safe ride home but end badly because the plan is not executed."

     Mike Nichols is an expert in Michigan's OWI-laws. Nichols wrote the book on OWI for Michigan Lawyers by West publishing, is an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing and is a frequent lecturer on Michigan drunk driving law. He adds: "I can't think of any reason why a person should take a portable breath test/pbt at the roadside. I would never advise someone to break the law but if you politely decline to take the pbt from an officer, the only sanction is a $200.00 fine; it won't affect your license in any way." Nichols has 2 more tips: "always be respectful and say as little as possible if you are pulled over and you have been drinking and finally, you can politely decline the roadside sobriety tests. So, just remember the 2 words: 'no thank you' on Thanksgiving." You can read the media releases from the Michigan State Police by following the links below.
     When you need lawyers who are commited to results and will turn over every stone to try to get results in your case, call the Nichols Law Firm at 517.432.9000 or e-mail Mike Nichols at mnichols@nicholslaw.net Find out why we are "commited to results."


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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.