In The News

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


By Michael Nichols
Categories: Drunk-Driving, OWI

A court agreed to impose no probation or jail pending the outcome of a substance abuse assessment in a Michigan OWI-OUIL-DUI case in order to resolve the case without the need to rule on a motion filed by Lansing drunk driving attorney Mike Nichols. The prosecuting attorney also agreed to recommend the driver’s home state grant him a restricted license.  “Often you have to plug away on 2 tracks to get a good result in a Michigan drunk driving case … this case was no different,” says Michigan drunk driving expert and attorney Mike Nichols. Nichols is author of a practice book on drunk driving for West Publishing called “The Michigan OWI Handbook,” and serves as an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing.

Nichols added: “In this case, we filed a motion to suppress because the arresting officer conducted a very haphazard OWI investigation in my opinion. Instead of litigating the motion on the first morning back from vacation for the officer, everyone agreed that the gentleman, who is from out of state, could plead to an impaired, that the prosecuting attorney would recommend on the record a restricted license for him and that the results of the chemical test would not be voluntarily reported to the driver’s home state.” Nichols also credited the client following the advice to schedule a substance abuse assessment and maintain sobriety right away: “All of those things are important to help this man get his life back.” Nichols added:  “As we got closer to a resolution, the judge got encouraged that he would not have to consider granting the motion because of the impact on the case. I asked for a special conference on sentencing with the judge and advised that we could resolve the case with a plea instead of holding the motion that morning if he would consider imposing fines and costs. So, pending the outcome of the substance abuse screening, this gentleman can move on with his life back home and work on what he needs to work on with professional help but without court supervision.”
When you need a team that is committed to results to help you with a Michigan drunk driving charge, contact Mike Nichols at 517 432 9000.

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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.