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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Keeping Your Super Bowl Sunday Super and Avoiding a DUI or DUID

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving, OWI

 It is probably the busiest night of the year for police cracking down on drunk and drugged driving in Michigan and throughout the entire country: Super Bowl Sunday. You can find targeted enforcement areas at the Michigan State Police link to the State of Michigan website: East Lansing's drunk driving attorney is Mike Nichols of the Nichols Law Firm. Nichols says, "the best thing you can do to avoid an arrest is stay off the road because on a night like tonight, the officers have no incentive to use their discretion. Grant money goes to put extra officers on the road and pay overtime wages. When an officer works a grant, he or she has to make a certain number of stops and arrests while on shift.  

Nichols recently resolved a case that started last Super Bowl and took nearly a year for DUI charges to be dismissed. "We had to work extremely hard, stay extremely focused and the client took an extremely hard hit to the pocketbook but he avoided a DUI conviction," Nichols says. He adds - "the basis for the stop by the officer was speeding. The driver made the mistake of acknowledging that he consumed alcohol and the video from the officer's dash camera showed the officer made up his mind to arrest him almost immediately."

 Nichols says that if the officer asks you to "rate" your level of intoxication - he is setting you up to fail. He says "only if you tell the officer you are not intoxicated at all and are perfectly sober  will you answer that question the right way. It is probably best to just to remain silent and ask for counsel - that is your right."

Nichols is a resident of Meridian Township near his East Lansing law office. He will be presenting 2 times at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in February. He is author of the OWI Handbook for West Publishing.

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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.