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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Michigan State University DUI patrols will be up from East Lansing to Okemos to Charlotte while beloved coach Tom Izzo warns basketball fans “I’ll never be accused of drunk driving”

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Drunk-Driving, OWI

East Lansing DUI attorney Mike Nichols reacted to public statements by Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo that “I’ll never be accused of drunk driving” in a press conference in which Izzo encouraged people to get a safe ride during the NCAA March Madness tournament after drinking. Nichols says “Coach Izzo’s sentiments were heartfelt. I think the world of Tom Izzo and what he has done for this community. I, too lost friends in Northern Michigan to drunk driving accidents. I think his advice is spot on: do not drink and drive. If you drink, absolutely do not have more than 2 standard 12 ounce drinks or call for a ride.” Nichols lives in East Lansing, is a fan of Michigan State University sports, where he attended undergraduate school and is often contacted to help athletes and other members of the university community with legal trouble.

“I am struck by claims of correlation between events and drunk driving by people. The first problem that I have with claims that more people drive drunk during certain times of year or events is that people who drive drunk might use an event as an excuse but not a cause. Further, the statistics may reflect a correlation between the two things but it is probably because more law enforcement officers are targeting this particular crime,” says Nichols, who is also an adjunct professor of DUI Law and Practice and Forensic Evidence at Cooley Law School in Lansing and author of the West OWI Handbook for Michigan lawyers.

Coverage of stepped up enforcement during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend and March Madness basketball tournaments can be found here:


Mike Nichols is a drunk and drugged driving attorney. Thousands of people who were arrested in Okemos, East Lansing, Lansing, Jackson, Williamston, Waverly, Charlotte, Delta Township and Mason have called on him for help. Although Nichols will go anywhere in the country, and has done so for appropriate cases, he has spent hundreds of hours studying data about officers and DUI breath testers in the Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Jackson county areas.

If you need the attorney who is committed to results because you were caught in the “March Madness DUI enforcement” trap – call Mike Nichols today at 517.432.9000 or e-mail Mike 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.