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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Michigan Drunk Driving Attorney Mike Nichols of Meridian Township says "breathal-eyes" and "novelty pbt" Devices are Just that: Novelties

By Michael Nichols
Categories: OWI

You go to a Super Bowl Party; you think about that next drink - will it be a soft drink or a whiskey and coke? Mike Nichols says there is no substitute for the science: "if you blow in a portable pbt or use those "breathal-eyes" devices, it will not give you a true representation of your bodily alcohol content." Nichols adds: "I am amazed when I hear people talk about how "the eyes don't lie. The horizontal gaze nystagmus test is one of the most overused, misunderstood concepts in our justice system today."

Nichols says that there is no substitute for common sense and good judgment: "2 drinks will not get you near the legal limit. Once you start that 3rd drink, I would not be worried about being over the legal limit so long as you are not slamming, my concern would be that you are going to be falsely reported by a breath or blood test if you are pulled over on the way home."

Nichols says that if you are pulled over after watching the Super Bowl and spend the night in jail, it is wise to seek out qualified legal help: "you need someone familiar with the science as well as the law and who also has access to experts on the investigative tactics like the gaze nystagmus trick and the chemical testing. For example, we did some digging and found some secrets at the Meridian Township Police Department about their breath test device called the 'datamaster DMT' that I bet they don't want the public to know about."

If you are arrested - call a qualified dui-drunk driving or drugged driving attorney immediately. Include the lawyers who are committed to results in the list of those who you interview. Call the Nichols Law Firm at 517.432.9000.

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Peer Recognition

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.