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Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Options for Repeat OWI-OUIL Offenders in Michigan

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Drunk-Driving, OWI

A new law takes effect January 1, 2011 that will give OWI-OUIL-DUI arrestees in Michigan an option to preserve a restricted license. Michigan OWI-DUI-OUIL-expert-attorney-Mike-Nichols of Lansing says that the so-called "sobriety-court-act" goes into effect for the new year. "It was part of the package of bills that were enacted soon after Michigan lawmakers approved the superdrunk act," Nichols said. Nichols added, "the idea is to give an incentive and a benefit to alleged repeat offenders to NOT contest the charges, enter into a sobriety court and install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) on their vehicle. This new option only applies to those accused citizens who are arrested after December 31st. "Some people find the current approach by judges and probation officers to be coercive when it comes to "encouraging" people to give up on challenging the legality of factual basis for the their guilt. I fully understand that and I also agree that if you wish to have your day in court and contest the charges, that the constitution prohibits the judge from punishing you in any way. It should be your decision based on all of the facts and circumstances of the case and your situation," Nichols added.

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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.