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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mike Nichols Praises Body Cameras for The New "Perspective" That They Provide

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Michael J. (Mike) Nichols, who recently was named to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) task force on police body cameras, likes what he sees so far in "body cam" cases. Nichols says "it is truly helpful to have a closer perspective to what the officer saw or - in the case of horizontal gaze nystagmus (hgn) - did not see." Nichols recently viewed body camera footage from the arresting officer in a case in which the hgn test may be critical as it relates to both proper administration by the officer and whether the officer even saw nystagmus. HGN is a test that checks for the involuntary movement of the pupils as they track a stimulus that the officer moves in a specific, standardized way across the subjects face.

Further, legislation is pending in the Michigan House of Representatives regarding the public access to footage from a dashcam. Nichols was recently quoted by local TV station WILX on the issue. A link to the story can be found here:

Nichols accepted an appointment from NACDL President Theodore Simon to serve on the association's task force on body cameras in April, 2015. Nichols lives in Meridian Township and is a member of the Nichols Law Firm, PLLC based in East Lansing. He says "this will be a critical mission in this age especially in light of the recent events in South Carolina." Nichols indicates the committee already held one teleconference for organizational purposes.

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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.