In The News

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


By Michael Nichols
Categories: Drunk-Driving

Those convicted of violating Michigan's super drunk statute, MCL 257.625(1)(c), face severe driver's license sanctions.  A first offense requires a suspension of the driver's license for 45 days followed by 320 days of a restricted license.  Unlike a traditional OWI charge the super drunk statute requires the installation of an interlock device for the entire period for which the license was restricted (320 days).

An interlock device is a machine that is installed into the offender's motor vehicle.  The interlock device requires a breath alcohol content of .025 or less for the vehicle to start.  The device also requires additional samples be given while the motor vehicle is in use. The interlock device is based upon electro chemical fuel sensor technology and must be installed in a way that prevents circumvention of the interlock device.  Because of the requirements only certified vendors are allowed to install and monitor the interlock devices. The following vendors are certified to install an interlock device:

1.  Michigan Interlock: 800-786-7384

2.  Smart Start Michigan 888-234-0198

3.  #1A Lifesafer of Michigan: 888-294-7002

4. Alcolock MI, Inc. 888-875-4579

5. Nationwide Interlock: 866-694-6099

6. American Interlock: 800-580-0504

If you have been charged with violating the Super Drunk law, call and speak with an attorney who knows about defending those accused of alcohol related offenses.  Call the Nichols Law Firm 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.