In The News

Thursday, May 12, 2011


By Michael Nichols
Categories: OWI

 Michigan police agencies will soon be switching to new technology for breath testing. “The new DMT models have been prepaid by State taxpayers already to the tune of $1.4 million,” says Michigan-OWI-DUI-OUIL-Expert-Attorney-Mike-Nichols-of-Lansing. Nichols added, “The head of the alcohol enforcement unit told the Detroit News that the money came from fines and fees paid by citizens convicted of OWI and OWID.” (The Detroit News article on April 15, 2011, can be viewed at this link: http://detnews.com/article/20110416/OPINION03/104160364/State-Police%E2%80%99s-high-tech-breath-analyzers-go-unused

Mike Nichols is a leading OWI attorney, author of the OWI Handbook by Thomson Reuters West Publishing and an adjunct law professor of DUI Law and Practice at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. “One of the features of the BAC Datamaster that was proven to be imperfect was a design called the slope detector. The slope detector is a software calculation, the function of which is to make sure that the Datamaster was not picking up mouth alcohol. Mouth alcohol contaminates the sample because the sample from the arrestee is supposed to come from the deep-lung region of the body,” Nichols said. “I put the slope detector on the DMT to the test at the recent Mastering Scientific Evidence seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana. I videotaped two breath samples after I ingested a Listerine strip. The device did not produce a mouth alcohol signal such as ‘interference detected’. Instead, the device read it as alcohol.” 
It is not certain when the State will start implementing the DMT, but the lawyers at the Nichols Law Firm will be ready to find a defense where other lawyers only see a conviction. If you need a breath test expert for your OWI case, contact the lawyers at the Nichols Law Firm today at (517) 432-9000, or at (800) 550-5892.

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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.