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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

“Just Say No” to Probation: Client convicted with a second OWI is sentenced to weekend class and fines/costs!

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols, Drunk-Driving, OWI

Lansing Drunk Driving Attorney Wendy Schiller-Nichols Gets Judge to “Just Say No” to Probation: Client convicted with a second OWI is sentenced to weekend class and fines/costs!

A young man was on probation in suburban Detroit for Operating a boat while intoxicated when he was charged in Lansing with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI).  He immediately called the Lansing drunk driving attorneys at the Nichols Law Firm. Wendy Schiller-Nichols advised him strongly to begin random testing, AA and counseling. He took Wendy Schiller-Nichols’ advice. At the end of the case, Schiller Nichols was able to tell his story. A District Court Judge in Lansing sentenced this young man from the Detroit-area to a weekend class and fines/costs.   

This was a successful outcome for the client, who left a “gentleman’s club” in Lansing with a group of his buddies and was pulled over with a very high breath alcohol content. Schiller-Nichols says “fortunately, the operating while intoxicated by boat is the prior so it will not cause him to have his license revoked for 1 year. Further, we educated the client and the court on the reason why probation in Lansing was not the best use of resources.” 


With summer coming, more people will be out in their boats. Police will be targeting boaters to enforce the crime of operating a vessel (boat) while intoxicated in Michigan. It is charged under the Michigan Natural Resources Code, not the Michigan Vehicle Code. The lawyers at the Nichols Law firm know and understand the differences. If you are charged with a boating OWI or vehicle OWI, call Wendy Schiller-Nichols and the attorneys at 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.