In The News

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


By Michael Nichols
Categories: Drunk-Driving

A District Court Judge in Jackson dismissed felony OWI charges after Mike Nichols’ cross examination of the arresting officer at the Preliminary Examination. “I did not expect the charges to get dismissed,” said East Lansing OWI-OUIL-DUI attorney, Mike Nichols. “The stop of the client was based on surveillance by the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET), who claimed they had a tip from a woman with whom the client had a casual relationship,” Nichols added.

A felony drunk driving charge can be based on an aggravating factor such as prior convictions or an accident causing serious injury or death. Nichols, who is the author of the DUI Practice Manual for Michigan lawyers, said that, “at the Preliminary Examination, it is the first phase of a 2 phase process in a felony case. The prosecution only has to show probable cause, which is a very low standard. Often, we are testing the government’s evidence and also creating a record for trial.” In this particular case, the Judge granted the motion based on the lack of a valid basis for a stop and any evidence of impairment on the part of the accused citizen.

If you wish to have the lawyer who wrote the book on drunk driving  in Michigan handle your case, contact Mike Nichols at mnichols@nicholslaw.net.

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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.