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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Brings People Together: For the Biggest Bar Night of the Year Nichols Lawyers are Ready

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

As friends reunite from all over the country in MIchigan cities from East Lansing to Lansing; Grand Rapids; Flint and all over, cops are out in full force. Mike Nichols has some suggestions: "the officers will be making stops on a quota basis tonight so that means equipment violations, "lane" violations even dangling objects from the rearview mirror are going to lead to stops by officers," he says. Nichols adds that is important not to make admissions: "the officer may say that he can smell alcohol on your breath but alcohol does not have a smell."

One of the least known reasons to stop a vehicle is a "plate obstruction." However, the law recently was clarified by the MIchigan Court of Appeals. Nichols says "in the case 'People v Dunbar,' the Court held that the plate actually has to be obstructed from the officer; the mere presence of a tow ball or a plate cover is not enough," Nichols says.

Nichols and the lawyers at the NIchols Law Firm are researching the latest developments in the Constitutional jurisprudence of the United States Supreme Court and MIchigan Appellate courts in anticipation of the "biggest bar night" of the year. Nichols says above all else, do not panic if you are stopped: "be respectful of the officer and if he or she arrests you; keep calm and lawyer up." For the lawyers on the cutting edge of the law and who are committed to results, contact 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.