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Monday, August 24, 2009

Charge Dismissed Afer NLF Files Motion In a Michigan DUI Case: Nichols Urges the Public Not To Plead Guilty if Charged with "Exhibition Driving"

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

A charge of "exhibition driving" was dismissed against a Nichols Law Firm client in a Michigan-DUI case on August 19th. "We filed a motion to argue that the misdemeanor charge filed by the city was unconstitutional," said Mike Nichols. "The so-called Exhibition Driving violation was the basis for the officer to stop the citizen who we represent and it was without merit," Mr. Nichols added. The client was charged with violating Michigan's-DUI-law after he was stopped. Mike Nichols added "we'll see how this affects the DUI case if at all. However, at least one misdemeanor is now gone and it is not coming back. If you are stopped and ticketed or arrested for exhibition driving in a municipality in Michigan, I urge you not to plead guilty but talk to a lawyer. Municipalities are not authorized to pass such an ordinance under the Home Rule Cities Act (MCL 117.3) and I find that many of these ordinances are unconstitutional because they are so vague," Nichols said.

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