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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Mike Nichols Will Serve on Michigan State Police Committee to Overhaul Breath Testing in Michigan

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Drunk-Driving

It looks as if the State of Michigan is ready to scrap the "Datamaster DMT" Breath Alcohol Device. The Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division (MSP FSD) Director has asked Michigan Criminal/DUI attorney Mike Nichols to serve on an advisory committee to help the state go forward with an analysis of the DMT and its efficacy.

"I could see the writing on the wall when it got back to me that the technical leader of the breath alcohol program was trashing the DMT at an International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference last year," says Nichols, who is author of the pre-eminent drunk driving manual for Michigan lawyers: the West OWI Manual. Mr. Nichols is 1 of just 4 lawyers statewide who will serve on the committee.

Nichols and the team at the Nichols Law Firm obtained thousands of texts messages and emails from the technical leader of the breath alcohol program, W. Mark Fondren, his sworn (law enforcement) colleague for about 18 months, Sgt. Gina Gettel, and the 2 disgraced technicans who were servicing the DMT's through a multi-million dollar contract with Intoximeters, Inc. Nichols says "you could tell that Mr. Fondren was gently trying to nudge people to consider dumping the DMT and replacing it with a product from CMI, which is a company with whom he is familiar from his service in Texas a few years ago.

Nichols just updated the OWI book for 2021 and will be serving, along with just 3 other lawyers, as the "defense side" advisors on this study.

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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.