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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mike Nichols Comes Through in the Clutch for Off-Duty Trooper Charged with DUI-OWI in High-Profile Trial: Walk out "Still Not Guilty"

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Prosecutors threw everything that they had at winning the conviction of an off-duty Michigan State Police Trooper for allegedly drunk driving. However, at the end of 2 days of a hard-fought trial in Ludington, they heard the jury announce that the trooper was "still not guilty" after the jury could not return a verdict. "This was a case in which I could only imagine who our client ticked off because, even as we slowly exposed the problems with the case, the prosecutors insisted that the client MUST plead guilty to at least impaired driving," said Mike Nichols.

Nichols is a proud trial attorney who represents citizens accused of crimes, in particular drunk and drugged driving, all over the state. Nichols is the lawyer who most people call when the stakes or the profile are high, ranging from political leaders to officers to athletes and other celebrities. Nichols prides himself on being "committed to results" and focusing on a strategy to get each and every client the result needed to get your life back after a drunk or drugged driving arrest.

Coverage of the trial, that spanned May 8, 11-12 in Mason County District Court, can be found here.

Nichols is an author, who is writing the 2015 update of the Michigan OWI Handbook for the prestigious Thompson Reuters West Publishing Company. He is an adjunct professor of forensic evidence in criminal law and drunk driving law and practice and a leader in educating other lawyers in organizations such as the National College for DUI Defense, the DUI Defense Lawyers Association and the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys. To find out why we are committed to results, call Mike Nichols at 517 432 9000 or e-mail

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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.