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Sunday, July 15, 2012


By Michael Nichols
Categories: Drunk-Driving

Attorney Mike Nichols of Lansing says a new Michigan Supreme Court opinion makes it a little easier for the government to prove driving while license suspended cases.

"The court ruled that the certificate of notice from the Secretary of State is not 'testimonial' thus the government is no longer required to present the author for live testimony at trial," says Nichols. He adds "the court reversed a court of appeals decision that required the government to present the secretary of state employee who sent the notice of the suspension."

The case does not mean that a driver is not allowed to argue that he had no notice of the suspension. Nichols says: "The supreme court recognized that knowledge of the suspension is an element of the offense of driving while license suspended." The case is People v Nunley. For the author of the drunk driving defense book for Michigan lawyers and an adjunct professor of DUI law and practice, call Mike Nichols at 517 432 9000 or 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.