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Thursday, November 28, 2019

When the Fight Needs to Go Beyond 15 Rounds

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Operating is not Sleeping in Your Car - DUI Myth Number 34

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Real ID Will Soon Get Real in Michigan - Got Yours?

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

A Reckless Driving Trial That Never Should Have Been - A Not Guilty Story from the Ausable River Canoe Marathon

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Marijuana is Legal as of Now! What does that Mean for My Case?

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Mike Nichols conferred Leo A Farhat Award by Ingham County Bar Association/Chris Wickman Joins the Firm; Along with James T. Heos and Matthew J. Heos

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Monday, October 8, 2018

A Word About the Leo A. Farhat Award and Frank Harrison Reynolds and Carrying the Legacy of Legends

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

East Lansing, Lansing and Meridian Township OWI or Drunk Driving Charges are Not Your Father's "DUI" Anymore

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

The 6th Circuit Stays a Lower Court Order on Michigan Driver License Suspensions

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

2017 Audit of the Michigan State Police Forensic Lab Confirms Deficiencies in Blood Alcohol Methods

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Michigan Criminal Attorney Mike Nichols Has Some Advice for People and Reflections on a Successful Defense of a Client in a So-Called Title 9 Investigation at Michigan State University

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Drunk Driving Charges in Lansing and East Lansing: Is There a Secret to Beating the Case?

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Friday, April 20, 2018

The President Decries the End of the Attorney-Client Privilege - How We Protect Your Information

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Spring in Michigan Means Hash Bash and 420: Driving to Party? Implied Consent Refusals and Drugged/Drunk Driving Cases

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Fallacy of the Coin Toss: .08 is “On the Money”

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Michigan’s Rules of Evidence Limiting Use of “Character” are Strengthened by the Supreme Court

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

What if Tiger Woods Had Been Arrested in Michigan? OWI Prescription Drugs is a Different Case

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Monday, July 3, 2017

The Nichols Law Firm Catches a "Rising Star"; Matthew Heos Joins the Team

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Monday, March 6, 2017

When Juror Misconduct Needs to Be Investigated: We've Been There

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Why Would a Prosecutor Investigate a Dismissed Case? Timing is Everything

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Achieving the Seemingly Unachievable Result - A Story of Commitment to Results

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Charges Dismissed Against Deputy Iosco Treasurer in Scathing Court Opinion

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nichols Lawyers File a Brief on High Profile Public Official Misconduct Case

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2016 Drunk, Drugged and Distracted Driving Update - Mike Nichols Featured

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Friday, July 22, 2016

How to combat “creative policing”? With “creative lawyering” of course!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

The Holiday Weekend Will Mean Stepped Up Enforcement - Why the Walk and Turn is Unfair

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

We EARN Our Reputation - We Don't Pay to Play; The Hard-Fought Path to Recent Major Victories for Clients

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mike Nichols Reacts: New Published Caselaw Recognizes The Contempt Procedure for Bond Violations

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Controversial 300 feet from a fire ordinance struck down

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Fanning Off The Breath Test - Another Success Story

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Why it’s even more important than ever to fight a drunk driving charge in Michigan if your license equals your livelihood.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Michigan drunk driving crackdown begins. Michigan DUI attorney Mike Nichols has 2 critical tips

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

MIRS Newsletter Quotes Mike Nichols - Disappointment in Gamrat Case over AG Conduct in Obtaining Warrant

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Attorney for Cindy Gamrat: "Unfortunate Misrepresentations" made in Hearing. Mike Nichols Speaks Out About Swear-To

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mike Nichols Starts Off 2016 with Success in Michigan DUI Defense and More Leaderdship of Other Lawyers

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Not Guilty! Prosecutor Adds a Count of Child Abuse to Leverage Client - Client Stands Tall and Jury Agrees

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Tension Between Protection of the Public and Protection of the Constitution -

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

East Lansing Police Make Arrests Following the BIG Championship Game - A Questionable Law May Be Put to the Test

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Spartan Fans Show Class to Celebrate the BIG Football Championship - East Lansing Police Report a Quiet Night After Penn State Win

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Arrest Numbers Expected from East Lansing Police After MSU-OSU Celebrations Saturday

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

East Lansing Police Still Looking for Suspects from Celebrations after MSU-Oregon Game

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Case Dismissed on The Eve of Trial!

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Arrested or Ticketed for a Misdemanor at MSU Oregon game? Tips from a Leading Law Firm in East Lansing

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Nichols Law Firm Lawyers Are Ready to Finish Strong in 2015 After an Incredible Summer of Results

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Commercial Driver License Holder and Saving Your Job; Your Commercial Driver License and Your LIfe

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Michigan State Police Blood Lab - Still Taking Shortcuts But With the Right Lawyer It May Be at the Prosecutor's Expense

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Moving Violation Causing Death in Michigan: A Good Result; an Unhappy Ending and A Question: Why Prosecute in the First Place

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Browbeaten Breath Test is Suppressed; No DUI for a Michigan IT Exec

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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"

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mike Nichols Praises Body Cameras for The New "Perspective" That They Provide

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mike Nichols of Michigan on the Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS) on the "DUI" Pardon

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

East Lansing Drunk Driving Lawyer Mike Nichols: Leading and Learning At Advanced DUI Seminar in Ohio

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Mike Nichols Shows Why He is a Leader in Criminal Defense: Judge Suppresses SFSTs in trial of Michigan State Police Trooper

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Moving Violation Causing Death Dismissed; Ingham County Motor Vehicle Attorney William Livingston Gets Dismissal for a 1-point Civil Infraction in Delhi Township Fatal Motorcycle Accident

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Friday, January 30, 2015

"The MIP Epidemic" - A Special Report on WILX TV Features Mike Nichols

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Michigan Court of Appeals: Gang Expert Who Says Accused Acted "Like a Gang Member" Tainted the Verdict: Battle Creek Case Gets New Trial

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Michigan Legislature Gives Motorists a Holiday Present - Standardized Field Sobriety Tests are Inadmissible in Drunk Driving Trials; Pass Other Bills on Drunk Boating and Snowmobiling

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

In the flurry of action right before the end of 2014, state lawmakers failed to change Michigan's drunk driving laws.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

We Try Cases

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Friday, December 12, 2014

We Try Cases

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Brings People Together: For the Biggest Bar Night of the Year Nichols Lawyers are Ready

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Michigan OWI and OUID Attorney Mike Nichols Prepares for Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys Fall Conference – Just in Time for Book Update Release

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer and Leader Mike Nichols Presents at Metrology Conference for National College for DUI Defense

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The "Scaled Question" by The Officer is One of the Many Aspects of the DUI Investigation

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<p>&#160;DUI Investigation that is Mission Impossible - Michigan DUI Attorney Mike Nichols says "Don't Fall for it."</p>

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Drunk Driving Suspects in East Lansing, Lansing, Meridian Township and all over Michigan: Fairness May be the Unintended Consequence of New Law

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Drunk Driving Charge With .14 Breath Alcohol Test = Not Guilty

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A Grand Rapids jury returned verdicts of not guilty acorss the board on charges of operating while intoxicated, operating while visibly impaired and possession of a switch blade.  

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

East Lansing Jury Just Says No to Convicting an MSU student of Minor in Possession

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Why You Should Just Say No to the PBT

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

East Lansing Drunk Driving Attorney Mike Nichols Secures Dismissal of Drunk Driving Charges

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 The reason for the stop was failing to turn on headlights at night

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Michigan DUI Attorney Applauds Judge for Standing Up for Justice

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 Mike Nichols of East Lansing has convinced a judge in Macomb County to exclude a datamaster breath test result of .24 on the old "bac datamaster." Nichols' advocacy is covered by the Macomb Daily in a high-profile case.


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Law Should Work Both Ways When It Comes to Costs of Prosecution and Defense

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 House Bill 5785 has you paying the costs of your own prosecution

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Michigan DUI-DUID Attorney Featured in Statewide Legal News Article and Speaks On 'Dashboard Justice' and Forensics"

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Williamston Man Serves 6 days But Gets to Move on Following a Reduced Plea and Emotional Sentencing

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

The tragedy that left a Holt woman dead and left a young Ingham County man charged with “moving violation causing death” is over at least from a legal standpoint. 55th District Court Judge Thomas Boyd imposed just a fraction of the potential jail sentence and the man qualified for early release to serve 24 months probation. 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Is Michigan's Implied Consent Act Unconstitutional?

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 The question of the constitutionality of the process used by police to obtain your breath or blood sample in a DUI/DUID case has started to burn around the country since the United States Supreme Court held a warrant was required or an "exigent" circumstance was necessary in the spring 2013. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mike Nichols on Clinton County cases and MSU students; The Landings; The Crossings; Jimmy's Pub

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Michigan Drunk and Drugged Driving Attorney Mike Nichols Leads The Way To Creating An Uncertainty Measurement With Breath Alcohol Testing

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 A Grand Rapids District judge has concluded hearings on measurement uncertainty and breath testing. The court ruled that there is always a variance for error associated with a measurement for breath alcohol.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Breath Testing and Pulling the Curtain: Even the Highest Breath Alcohol Results are Meaningless if The Results Are Not Admitted Into Evidence

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 A brief update on our ongoing efforts at the Nichols Law Firm to educate the pubic, judges and other lawyers on the probems with breath alcohol testing

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Breath Testing and Pulling the Curtain: Even the Highest Breath Alcohol Results are Meaningless if The Results Are Not Admitted Into Evidence

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

 A brief update on our ongoing efforts at the Nichols Law Firm to educate the pubic, judges and other lawyers on the probems with breath alcohol testing

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Drunk Driving Charges Dismissed - Ingham County Man Keeps his License ... and Career

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

 Ingham County man got the news that he was praying for about drunk driving charges pending against him: dismissal of the case in exchange for a plea to disorderly conduct and careless driving

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Michigan "SuperLawyer" Mike Nichols Appears on Statewide Radio to Discuss an Injustice and How to Right a Wrong

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East Lansing attorney Mike Nichols was a guest on the "Michael Patrick Shiels" radio show on Monday July 7th discussing a case in which an 18 year old man was given a sentence that was 3 times what the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines calculated. Nichols, who is designated a SuperLawyer in DUI/Criminal Defense for 3 years running said the case "calls into question the fairness of the process in this case."

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Mike Nichols Travels to the West Coast to Educate California Public Defenders Association on Science

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Limits of Detection and Limits of Quantitation in Mass Spectrometry seem like a deep and complex topic on a Saturday morning but it is important for lawyers to know it better than juries, prosecutors and lab analysts. 

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Mike Nichols Educates the California Public Defenders Association on Science

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Is Also Set to Speak in the Fall at the Ingham County Bench-Bar Conference and Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys Conference

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Michigan Forensic Evidence Expert Mike Nichols on the NSA Facial Features Program: Facial Recognition Variability is Just One of the Latest Examples of Uncertainty in Forensics

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Michigan attorney Mike Nichols is a leader in cutting-edge forensic evidence. Nichols spent the last 5 years of his practice dedicated to educating judges, juries and other lawyers on why a forensic analysis can only give us limited information about what happened in a case. Nichols says "uncertainty is everywhere in science and it is especially prevalent in measurements of what is in a human blood or breath sample."

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Friday, May 30, 2014

How did Your Congressman Vote to Stop Federal Prosecutions of Medical Marijuana Patients

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 Shortly after midnight the United States House of Representatives voted to use the power of the purse to protect medical marijuana patients. 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Michigan Criminal Law Attorney mike Nichols quoted in Lansing State Journal on

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Is Your Driving Impaired By Your Medications?

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 Will a gizmo decide for you?

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Driving While on Medications is the New Push by Michigan State Police

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 House Bill 5385 was passed by the judiciary committee on May 15, 2014. The bill was amended after opponents like Mike Nichols led the charge about the overreaching of the bill.  

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Michigan Drugged Driving Attorney Mike Nichols Shares His Expertise in Forensic Measurement at the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys Drugged Driving "Defended Relatively Easily" Conference in Grand Rapids

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 The difference between a reliable blood analysis for the presence of potentially impairing drugs and a blood analysis which is unreliable is proper validation; uncertainty and traceability

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Monday, April 14, 2014

MIP Charges Dismissed Due to Coercive Police Tactics

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Attorney Stephanie Tzafaroglou obtained the dismissal of Minor in Possession (MIP) charges against two MSU students. 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mike Nichols Presents on Measurement Uncertainty before a National Audience - Invited to Speak in California in June

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 Nationally-recognized forensic evidence leader Mike Nichols of Meridian Township spoke on mathematical truths in DUI cases in New Orleans March 21st. Nichols, whose main office is in East Lansing, was invited to speak by the National College for DUI Defense and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2 Dismissals on Drunk Driving Charges and a Reckless Driving - Let Michigan OWI Attorney Mike Nichols Help You Get Your Life Back - But Help Yourself by Keeping Quiet to the Officer

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

 Mike Nichols achieved a dismissal on drunk driving charges in mid-Michigan and northern- Michigan and a reckless driving in the East Lansing area for clients who absolutely had to win their lives back. 

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Nichols Law Firm Client Receives Only Fines and Costs at Sentencing Despite a .14/.13 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Guesstimate

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 A Nichols Law Firm client received only fines and costs at his sentencing.  Nichols Law Firm attorneys Mike Nichols and Stephanie Tzafaroglou filed a motion to exclude the breath test as unreliable because the client belched immediately before the arresting officer administered the evidential breath test to him.  

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Client Gets His License and His Life Back When an OWI 2nd Charge is Dismissed

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, OWI

 Nichols Law Firm attorneys Mike Nichols and Stephanie Tzafaroglou obtained a dismissal of an OWI 2nd charge against an Eaton County man. 

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Monday, February 17, 2014

State's Breath Alcohol "Expert" is Prohibited from Testifying About Dubious "Study" of the Datamaster DMT

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 A judge in Grand Rapids became the latest judge to rule that the sergeant in charge of the Michigan State Police breath alcohol program may not testify at trial about a 2011 study about the Datamaster DMT. 

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Keeping Your Super Bowl Sunday Super and Avoiding a DUI or DUID

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How to answer the question of intoxication.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Lansing DUI Attorney Mike Nichols Strikes Again: Blood Alcohol Analysis Excluded Based on a Lack of Reliability

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 A Judge excluded a blood alcohol analysis in an Ingham County drunk driving case after Mike Nichols challenged the reliability of the test. 

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Michigan Forensic Science Leader Mike Nichols to Serve on Mastering Scientific Evidence Course Faculty in 2014; Will also Present at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences

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 Mike Nichols, a leader in defending those accused of crimes involving forensic evidence, accepted an invitation to speak at the Mastering Scientific Evidence Course in New Orleans in March, 2014. 

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Michigan Drunk Driving Attorney Mike Nichols of East Lansing - a Leader who is committed to Results

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 Mike Nichols gave an interview to tv station WLNS on drunk driving laws and avoiding a conviction at his Meridian Township home. 

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Michigan DUI-DUID Attorney Mike Nichols: the Devil is in the Details of Legislation to Make Marijuana More Accessible

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committee of lawmakers in the Michigan House gave approval of a bill to make more changes to Michigan's marijuana laws.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

"Can a Judge Banish My Child from Campus or Effectively Kick My Child Out of School if He or She was Involved in the Civil Disobedience in East Lansing Over the Weekend?" East Lansing Attorney Mike Nichols Says: "Yes."

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving, OWI, Minor in Possession

Over a dozen young people will be charged with various crimes after a disturbance over the weekend off Michigan State University's campus. East Lansing DUI-DUID and Criminal Defense Attorney Mike Nichols says that the episode was apparently the result of celebrations over the Michigan State University's football team that got carried away. 

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence and DUI-Criminal Defense Attorney Mike Nichols Reacts to Prison Sentence for Lab Analyst

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 A disgraced forensic lab analyst for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was ordered to serve prison time on November 21st, 2013 for a practice known as "dry labbing" and other fraud. 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ingham County Attorney Co-Authors Chapter in National Publication on Forensic Evidence

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 Mike Nichols of East Lansing is co-author of the chapter on gas chromatography mass spectrometry in the 2014 edition of “Using Forensic Evidence in Criminal Cases.” 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

East Lansing Attorney Mike Nichols Says the Reason for the Stop Should Always be Questioned in a Michigan Drunk Driving Case

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Recently Mike Nichols fought for clients in several Michigan counties including Allegan, Osceola and Ingham (Meridian Township) over whether police properly stopped the citizen-drivers who were then arrested on suspicion of drunk driving charges. 

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Mike Nichols Again Leading the Way in Forensic Evidence in Criminal Cases; Will Present at the 2014 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Conference

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

 East Lansing attorney Mike Nichols, a leader in dui-criminal defense will present at the 2014 American Academy of Forensic Science in Seattle Washington. Nichols, a resident of Meridian Township will take part in a workshop on science in the courtroom. 

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Developments in Science Allow Judges and Juries to be Fully-Informed About the the Limits of Breath Testing

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

Our criminal justice system is at the core of our democracy. We have the ability to be a beacon for the world about the responsibility of a government to prove a crime when it charges a crime. 

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Michigan DUI Attorney Mike Nichols to Again Educate Michigan Lawyers on Uncertainty and Metrology in Blood and Breath Testing

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

 Mike Nichols of East Lansing will educate lawyers from around the state on the science of blood and breath alcohol testing on October 18th. 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Turn A Michigan Drunk Driving Charge Into A Dismissal

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

 One of the most common reactions many people have to an arrest for drunk driving (OWI) is to accept that you are going to be convicted of a crime. 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Why are we still guessing?

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

Our criminal justice system is at the core of our democracy. We have the ability to be a beacon for the world about the responsibility of a government to prove a crime when it charges a crime. Even something that so many of you say is "minor" like a drunk driving. Ask yourself - if you were making one of the most important decisions in your life - would you want to be shown all of the evidence to make a decision?

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Suspected Road Rage Incident Leaves 2 Dead Near Lansing – Reacting to Offensive Drivers is Not Worth It

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An incident that witnesses say appear to be “road rage” turned fatal on a highway between Lansing and Grand Rapids and 2 people were killed right in front of loved ones. 

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Michigan Criminal-DUI Lawyer Mike Nichols of Meridian Township Named a SuperLawyer

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Mike Nichols named Super Lawyer

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Does State Revenue Outweigh The Safety Of Motorists?

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

Senator Rick Jones (R) Grand Ledge says that scientific studies indicate that Michigan Motorists are already speeding in these areas making slower law abiding citizens the hazard on highways.  

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Breath Alcohol Testing in Michigan; Exposing its Limitations

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Top Lawyer Scientists from Around the Country Headline Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys' 1st Annual 1 Day Bootcamp in Detroit

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Monday, August 26, 2013

MSU Students are Back - ELPD and MSUPD will be Back to Looking Out for Arrest Opportunities for Drunk Driving and Other Alcohol Offenses

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

The return of MSU students means the return of a major source of revenue for East Lansing and MSU police: arrests for drunk driving, minor in possession, drug possession and all sorts of crimes involving drugs and/or alcohol.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Bars Open In East Lansing - ELPD Has 'Scaled Questions' For You

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

Downtown East Lansing features 2 new exciting bars: and 2 new sources of revenue for the City of East Lansing via DUI enforcement by the East Lansing Police Department.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Mike Nichols Reacts to A Federal Appellate Court Ruling Striking Down Michigan Law Banning Begging

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An Appeal by Attorney General Bill Schuette to the Supreme Court of the United States of a federal court decision that declared the Michigan statute criminalizing begging is not likely to succeed.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nichols Law Firm client avoids license sanctions due to Officer’s failure to file a report.

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

A Nichols Law Firm client avoided a one-year license suspension after the arresting officer failed to file the necessary paperwork. Michigan’s Implied Consent law provides that a driver

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Monday, August 12, 2013

East Lansing Drunk Driving and Drug Driving Attorney Mike Nichols: the US Attorney General’s Move to Curb Stiff Drug Punishments is a Step in the Right Direction

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Many Americans are serving prison sentences for drug offenses. US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on August 11, 2013 a move to thin the number of inmates serving lengthy sentences for non-violent drug crimes.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Death of "Working Backwards" to Calculate a BAC in DUI - Another Reason Not to Take a Roadside PBT

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

. . . try to match a bodily alcohol content at the time of driving. AW Jones said recently "you shouldn't do it"

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Michigan DUI Attorney Mike Nichols and Wendy Schiller Nichols Attend the Summer Session of the National College for DUI Defense

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols, Drunk-Driving, OWI

Mike Nichols Represents Michigan as the Michigan Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Michigan DUI Attorney Mike Nichols and Wendy Schiller Nichols Attend the Summer Session of the National College for DUI Defense; Mike Nichols Represents Michigan as the Michigan Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols, Drunk-Driving, OWI

The best drunk driving defense attorneys in the nation converge on Boston in late July every year and Mike Nichols and Wendy Schiller Nichols of East Lansing are among them in 2013.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

The Future of the 4th Amendment: Courts in States Across the Nation Begin Questioning the Ability of Law Enforcement to Collect Data from Your Cell Phone

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

A New Jersey Court struck down a program used by law enforcement to collect cell phone "tracking" data without judges reviewing the basis for the move.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

The Future of the 4th Amendment: Courts in States Across the Nation Begin Questioning the Ability of Law Enforcement to Collect Data from Your CellPhone - Comments from Meridian Township Forensic Evidence Attorney Mike Nichols

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

A New Jersey Court struck down a program used by law enforcement to collect cell phone "tracking" data without judges reviewing the basis for the move. Meridian Township DUI attorney Mike Nichols believes it was the right decision

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Prosecution Experts May Not Vouch for the Credibility of Other Witnesses

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The court held that it was not an error by the trial judge (referred to as the trial court) to allow statements by a police officer to the accused citizen during an interrogation.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Mike Nichols - Who Some Call the "Guru" of Forensic Evidence - Teaches Other Lawyers About the Using "Experts"

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

Leading criminal defense attorney Mike Nichols joined other leaders in Michigan Criminal Defense on the faculty at the annual "All Summer Long" seminar presented by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Lansing Drunk Driving Lawyers say to “Leave Your Keys Behind” at Lansing Beer Week Events

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

Lansing Beer Week starts June 21st, 2013.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Judge Strikes a Blow to Poorly Administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests In Michigan

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

A Van Buren County District Judge dismissed a drunk driving charge in a written opinion that may start paving the way for other judges to hold police officers accountable.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Michigan Attorney Mike Nichols Speaks on Statewide Radio about Operating Under the Influence of Drugs

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, OWI

Lansing Attorney Mike Nichols is helping hundreds of thousands of Michigan radio listeners understand the evolving laws about operating under the influence of drugs.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Michigan OWI-OUID Arrests Will Be on the Rise for Memorial Day 2013 - Don't let the Holiday Party Ruin Your Life with A Drunk or Drugged Driving Conviction

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Michigan State Police launched a new campaign on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend: cracking down on those who are not wearing a seatbelt.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Drunk/Drugged Driving Defense Attorney-Author and Law Professor On Marijuana Patient Treatment

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving, OWI, Medical Marijuana

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Did the officer arrest you based on your performance on sobriety tests? Did he do them correctly

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, OWI

South Haven case dismissed

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Traffic Accident: High BAC in Blood; Refusal of the Chemical Test and Still a Dismissal of all Charges in Exchange for a Careless Driving

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

A young man has his future back thanks to the Nichols Law Firm

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

More Michigan State Troopers Hitting the Streets – DUI Attorney Mike Nichols of Meridian Township Wants to Know if Courts Will Actually Require Them to Use Their Taxpayer Funded Training

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Did you know that 90 new troopers graduated from recruit school on March 30th in Lansing and they are given expensive and important training that most judges are not requiring them to use?

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Can You Measure Nothing? DUI Attorney Mike Nichols Travels To Colorado To Speak On The Topic

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Nichols Law Firm brings the experts from all over the country to help clients defend their rights

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Thanks Dr. Hlastala for a dispassionate, scientific overview of the human body and how its variations can affect the accuracy of a breath alcohol test.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Mike Nichols presents on the opening day for the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) 2013 Workshop on “Science in the Courtroom – A Matter of Perspective”

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Mike Nichols presents on the opening day for the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) 2013 Workshop on “Science in the Courtroom – A Matter of Perspective”

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Mike Nichols of East Lansing tracks the latest successful breath test challenges

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Is the Michigan DMT sound science? 

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Mike Nichols Puts the Mitten State on the National Stage By Presenting at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Nichols will present the perspective of defense attorney in the workshop entitled “Science in the Courtroom – A Matter of Perspective.”

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Why Creating Magistrates with Badges is a Bad Idea

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Why even ask for consent for the blood draw if you can just take it?

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Why even ask for consent for the blood draw if you can just take it?

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments on January 9 on a case in which the government lawyers are actually finally doing what we always knew they wanted: they are asking for a "DUI exception" to the constitution. 

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Michigan OWI-OUIL-OUID lawyer Mike Nichols plays "toxicologist" at the National College for DUI Defense Winter Session

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Assumptions in drunk driving cases can lead to mistrials

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

A woman learns a hard lesson about finding the right lawyer from the Michigan Court of Appeals - at the expense of a prison sentence for a drunk driving causing death conviction in Berrien County Michigan

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Michigan OWI-OUIL-OUID lawyer Mike Nichols of Lansing praised the dissenting judge for an opinion disagreeing with the majority

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Michigan OUID-OUIL-Drunk Driving Attorney, Mike Nichols of East Lansing Teaches Courts About the Meaning of Blood Tests

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

 Mike Nichols of East Lansing successfully suppressed a blood test by the Michigan State Police lab that claimed to detect accurately and reliably the presence of marijuana in a client’s blood sample. 

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Michigan DUI-OWI-OUIL Attorney Says The Chemical Test Can Be Your Friend If You Get The Holiday Surprise Of A Drunk Driving Charge

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

 The Michigan State Police is making changes to how it collects and analyzes breath and blood. It's making things easier for citizens accused of drunk driving. 

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Medical Marijuana Patients: Michigan State Police Lab Claims to Measure Nothing

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Michigan Medical Marijuana Attorney Mike Nichols of Lansing is fighting for valid science in the courtroom: not forensic science which is used to advocate to convict people when they may have done nothing wrong. 

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

MICHIGAN DRUNK DRIVING ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS FEATURED IN THE LANSING STATE JOURNAL AFTER SUCCESSFULLY MOVING TO EXCLUDE FORENSIC EVIDENCE INVOLVING CHARGES OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Lansing State Journal covered the recent victory by Michigan DUI-DUID attorney Mike Nichols of East Lansing.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

MICHIGAN ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS OF LANSING - A LEADER IN FORENSIC EVIDENCE - PREPARES FOR A NATIONAL PRESENTATION AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

 Lansing criminal defense attorney Mike Nichols will speak and present at the 2013 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) annual conference in Washington D.C.. Nichols, whose practice is focused on drug and alcohol crimes, especially driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, will take part in a workshop entitled: "Science in the Courtroom, a Matter of Perspective."

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MICHIGAN DRUNK DRIVING ATTORNEY APPLAUDS THE COURT OF APPEALS FOR UPHOLDING A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT VIOLATION BUT VOWS THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

EXTRA POLICE PATROLLING FOR THOSE CONSUMING TOO MUCH TRYPTOPHAN AND ALCOHOL OVER THE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

 The State of Michigan warns that their patrols increase over what is considered the biggest bar night of the year.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

FIGHTING FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS INCLUDING THOSE PATIENTS WHO DRIVE BUT THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE LAB CLAIMS ARE BREAKING THE LAW BECAUSE THEY ARE OPERATING WITH THEIR MEDICINE IN THEIR SYSTEM - EAST LANSING ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS LEADS THE FIGHT FO

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Marijuana users in Michigan are still fighting for fair treatment 4 years after the legalization of medical marijuana.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

MIKE NICHOLS SHARES INFORMATION ON SAMPLE BLOOD DISCOVERY ORDER

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Friday, November 9, 2012

MIKE NICHOLS HONORED BY THE INGHAM COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION WITH DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

 "It was a pleasure and privilege to work with members of the prosecutor's office on continuing legal education - especially the programs that we focused on helping young lawyers," 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

THE VICTIM MENTALITY

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

 If We are Leaders in Society as Members of the Justice System - What Message Are We Sending By Compensating Insurance Companies When They Do What They are Supposed to Do?

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Friday, November 2, 2012

MICHIGAN STATE POLICE STRUGGLING TO VALIDATE ITS METHOD OF DETECTING MARIJUANA AND MIKE NICHOLS TO PRESENT TO THE CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS OF MICHIGAN ON HIS FAMOUS 'MEASURING NOTHING' THEORY OF ATTACK

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Monday, October 29, 2012

MIKE NICHOLS PREPARES TO PRESENT AT CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS OF MICHIGAN CONFERENCE

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Friday, October 26, 2012

THE PRICE OF SAYING NO

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

 One reason why accreditation may give us a false sense of security

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

MIKE NICHOLS APPLAUDS EAST LANSING DISTRICT COURT JUDGE SENTENCE IN HIGH PROFILE DUI CASE

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Click here to watch the news coverage:

 http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2012/10/state_rep_bob_genetski_i_learn.html#incart_river_default

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

DRUNK DRIVING ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS CONCERNED FOR FALSE POSITIIVES IN PBT RESULTS

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Watch a short video of Mike Nichols in Eaton County sharing a concern about false positives for individuals on probation

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

MICHIGAN DUI ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS LEADS OTHER ATTORNEYS ON A TOUR OF THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE LANSING LAB

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Drunk driving attorney Mike Nichols lead a tour of other attorneys of the Michigan State Police Lansing Lab on September 28.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

MICHIGAN DRUNK DRIVING ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS ASKS IF FORENSIC ACCREDITATION IS FOR SALE

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Friday, September 14, 2012

LAWYERS SPLURGE ON ADVERTISING DUI SERVICES IN THE EAST LANSING AREA AFTER A MEDIA REPORT ON THE NUMBER OF EAST LANSING DRUNK DRIVING ARRESTS

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

East Lansing drunk driving attorney Mike Nichols was interviewed for the MLive.com report, interviewed on the radio about the report and is the DUI attorney who is leading the way in challenging the ability of the government to prosecute you for a crime that you can never expunge: drunk driving.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

WHY WE THINK YOUR ATTORNEY MAKES A DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COMES TO AVOIDING A CRIMINAL RECORD IN EAST LANSING

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Many lawyers believe that the offer made by the prosecutor will only get better if you beg and present character references and good report cards.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

MICHIGAN OWI ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS OF EAST LANSING LEADING THE EFFORT TO CHALLENGE THE CUT-OFF LEVELS FOR REPORTING THE PRESENCE OF MARIJUANA IN OPERATING WITH THE PRESENCE OF DRUGS CRIMINAL CASES.”

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Friday, August 31, 2012

MICHIGAN DUI ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS DEFENDS AN INGHAM COUNTY JUDGE AGAINST CLAIMS OF BIAS

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

An Ingham County Judge assigned as a 1 person grand jury to investigate political crimes in West Michigan faces charges of bias from a Republican State Senator - and Mike Nichols of East Lansing has come to her defense.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

LEARN THE LABOR DAY DUI CRACKDOWN TARGET TIMES - RIGHT DOWN TO THE SHIFT FROM MICHIGAN OWI ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, OWI

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

THE HEAD OF THE MICHIGAN CRIME LAB RESIGNS AND MIKE NICHOLS REACTS

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Michigan drunk driving attorney Mike Nichols of East Lansing reacted to the resignation of state crime lab chief John Collins: “I wish him well,” says Nichols.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

MICHIGAN DUI-OWI-OUIL-ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS COMPLETES WORK AS CO-AUTHOR ON CHAPTER ON FORENSIC SCIENCE IN DRUNK DRIVING CASES

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Ever wonder what mathematics have to do with drunk driving? Sometimes it can mean everything.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

MSU STUDENTS WILL RETURN TO CAMPUS WITH ONE FEWER FIRST AMENDMENT INFRINGEMENT AS THE MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT RULES AN MSU ORDINANCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Michigan Supreme Court struck down an ordinance at Michigan State University that prohibited “disruption” of “normal activity,” finding that the ordinance violates the First Amendment.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

DUI ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS RECOGNIZED AS A SUSTAINING MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR DUI DEFENSE IN 2012

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

DUI attorney Mike Nichols was recognized before an audience of attorneys from across the nation as a sustaining member of the National College for DUI Defense.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MICHIGAN-DUI-DUID LAWYER MIKE NICHOLS TRAVELS TO THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION FOR THE SUMMER SESSION OF THE NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR DUI DEFENSE

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

DUI attorney Mike Nichols of Lansing, the Michigan delegate for the National College for DUI Defense, is off to Boston for the summer session of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) summer session.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

GRATIOT COUNTY DUI LAWYER TO TAKE ON THE GOVERNMENT IN A DRUNK DRIVING JURY TRIAL

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

MICHIGAN DUI OUIL ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS GETS HIS HANDS ON THE PIPPETTE AND OTHER BLOOD TESTING EQUIPMENT USED IN BLOOD ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND MARIJUANA CASES

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

THE NICHOLS LAW FIRM ASKS: CAN YOU PASS THE CITIZENSHIP TEST? Challenge your knowledge of American history this Independence Day!

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols

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Monday, July 2, 2012

THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENCE DIVISION GETS TIRED OF NOT HAVING THE ABILITY TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS: SO THEY CHANGE THEIR POLICY

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Michigan State Police announced that it is changing its protocol for estimating the uncertainty of its analysis for blood alcohol.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

MICHIGAN DRUNK DRIVING ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS OF EAST LANSING REACTS TO THE SUPREME COURT DECISION THIS WEEK ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO HAVE THE LAB ANALYST TESTIFY – “MEDIA HEADLINES ARE INACCURATE AND MISLEADING”

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Supreme Court issued an opinion last week that prompted many people to jump on the result and proclaim key constitutional rights dead.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

MICHIGAN DRUNK DRIVING ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS TO THE LANSING LAB - PROVE THE RELIABILITY OF YOUR BLOOD ALCOHOL RESULTS OR YOUR RESULTS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO PROVE A CASE

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

"it's just as critical whether your a state representative of an average accused citizen" when it comes to making the lab demonstrate a reliable test.
 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

THE LAWYER WHO LITERALLY WROTE THE BOOK ON DRUNK DRIVING DEFENSE IS MIKE NICHOLS OF EAST LANSING – AND HE JUST UPDATED THE BOOK WITH INFORMATION THAT YOU NEED TO FIND HOPE WHERE OTHERS ARE HOPELESS

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Campaign for transparency in state labs continues.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

LANSING CRIMINAL ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS RECOGNIZED AS A LEADER IN CHALLENGING THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE AND ITS STATE OF FORENSIC ANALYSIS

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Michigan crime labs struggle to meet standards

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Monday, May 14, 2012

INTELLIGENT FINGERPRINTING DEVICE THE NEXT TECHNOLOGY DEVICE IN DUI INVESTIGATIONS

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

It is unknown whether the Michigan legislature will authorize the use of handheld fingerprint devices in DUI investigations as it has authorized the use of PBTs.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

DRE PROGRAM IN MINNESOTA IN TROUBLE: EAST LANSING ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS COMMENTS ON ALLEGATIONS AGAINST POLICE OFFICER

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY BUT ARE NOT A LEGAL DRINKER YOU WILL NOT BE PROSECUTED FOR SEEKING HELP

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

New law allows amnesty from prosecution for underage drinkers seeking medical attention

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

ARE YOU, OR YOUR CHILD TOO YOUNG TO DRINK, BUT NOT TOO YOUNG TO SERVE A LIFE SENTENCE?

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Juvenile life sentences have been the subject of much debate over the last several years.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

IF YOU HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVER LICENSE – POLICE DO NOT HAVE A REASON TO ARREST YOU

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

A visitor, alien or illegal alien may drive on your out of state or international driver license in Michigan,

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

THE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS THAT YOU TOOK BEFORE DRIVING ARE NONE OF A POLICE OFFICER'S BUSINESS SAYS MICHIGAN OWI-OUIL-DUI LAWYER MIKE NICHOLS OF EAST LANSING

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

"one way to respond is 'I am not going to be answering questions about my personal health. That is private.'"

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Monday, April 2, 2012

ICBA CRIMINAL LAW SECTION CHAIR ANNOUNCES A NEW TWIST TO "APRIL IN THE D"

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

A first of its kind training is coming to Detroit. The motor city will host a drug recognition training course for lawyers April 12-14.  "Police officers are already being trained at an increasingly fast pace in this investigation technique,"

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

SUPREME COURT ISSUES AN OPINION THAT RAISES THE BAR FOR CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS MICHIGAN DUI ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS OF EAST LANSING SPEAKS OUT

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

...why practicing criminal defense is a unique area in which lawyers should not dabble,"

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

EAST LANSING DUI ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS TO CALL ON LANSING TOXICOLOGY LAB TO LET THE PUBLIC LOOK INSIDE THE VIALS

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

East Lansing DUI attorney Mike Nichols will call on the forensic services division of the Michigan State Police to open its lab to the public

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

MIKE NICHOLS SEEKS TO CORRECT THE MISPERCEPTION THAT BOB GENETSKI IS SEEKING SPECIAL TREATMENT

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

 Watch the news conference here:

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Monday, February 20, 2012

LANSING DRUNK DRIVING ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS TO SPEAK AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FORENSIC SCIENCES THIS WEEK

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

East Lansing attorney Mike Nichols, who is known as a skilled OWI-DUI-OUIL attorney in Michigan, will speak at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences on February 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

WHAT IS IT WORTH TO THE GOVERNMENT TO COLLECT FINES, COSTS AND FEES FROM AN OWI-OUIL-DUI?

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

All officers are not like the officers involved in the case in Seattle of the “missing video,” but this is surely not an isolated incident.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

IF YOU ARE A DIABETIC AND STOPPED ON SUSPICION OF OWI-OUIL-DUI IN MICHIGAN, TELL THE OFFICER ABOUT YOUR CONDITION

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Michigan Court of Appeals sent a recent message to drivers stopped and investigated for drunk driving: tell the officer about your diabetic condition if you suffer from this illness.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

THE FRIENDS OF THE INGHAM COUNTY VETERANS TREATMENT COURT THANKS THE INGHAM COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Friends of the Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court has received an infusion of financial help to meet the needs of the community's veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system. The Friends of the Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court has received an infusion of financial help to meet the needs of the community's veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

THE FRIENDS OF THE INGHAM COUNTY VETERANS TREATMENT COURT THANKS THE INGHAM COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Friends of the Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court has received an infusion of financial help to meet the needs of the community's veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system. The Friends of the Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court has received an infusion of financial help to meet the needs of the community's veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

THE FRIENDS OF THE INGHAM COUNTY VETERANS TREATMENT COURT THANKS THE INGHAM COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Friends of the Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court has received an infusion of financial help to meet the needs of the community's veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system. The Friends of the Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court has received an infusion of financial help to meet the needs of the community's veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

USE OF HAND HELD MOBILE PHONES BANNED FOR DRIVERS OPERATING COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES IN MICHIGAN

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Drivers are now completely prohibited from using hand-held mobile telephones if they are operating a commercial motor vehicle.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

LANSING DRUNK DRIVING ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS SAYS PENDING BILL WOULD CRIMINALIZE CAFFINATED DRIVING

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Coffee lovers beware: the legislature is coming after your right to party. The Michigan Senate is considering Senate Bill 353.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

GOVERNOR SNYDER APPROVES A LAW TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF JUDGES IN MICHIGAN – OWI EXPERT MIKE NICHOLS EXPRESSES CONCERN

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation to give Michigan residents a lump of coal at Christmas.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

CIRCUIT JUDGE TO RULE ON WHETHER A STOP FOR DUI IN EAST LANSING WAS PROPER

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

A circuit court judge has granted a stay of trial in an East Lansing drunk driving case in order to hear arguments about whether a police officer violated the constitution by stopping a Michigan State University student stopped for failing to yield

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

4 PRIOR DUI-OWI-OUIL CONVICTIONS AND STILL NO JAIL TERM AND NO LIFETIME FELONY

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

After a circuit court judge in Ingham County suppressed the results of the blood draw for a violation of the implied consent act, the man was charged with his 5th OWI when he experienced a relapse and drove.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

MIKE NICHOLS NAMED MICHIGAN DELEGATE TO THE NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR DUI DEFENSE

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

OWI-OUIL-DUI expert Mike Nichols of Lansing has been named Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense for the 2012-2015 term.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

DISCOVERING YOUR DEFENSE FROM A MICHIGAN-OWI-DUI-OUIL IN THE STATE'S OWN EVIDENCE OF RETROGRADE EXTRAPOLATION

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The prosecution in a Michigan DUI-OWI-OUIL case often reach so far to prove the case against you that the proseucutor will use evidence that is "forensically unreliable."  

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

LANSING DUI-OWI-OUIL ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS AND LANSING DUI-OWI-OUIL ATTORNEY KAREN PHILLIPS BOTH COMPLETE THE RIGOROUS SUMMER SESSION FOR THE NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR DUI DEFENSE

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Expert DUI-OWI-OUIL Attorney Mike Nichols of East Lansing completed the summer session for the National College of DUI Defense July 28-30 in Cambridge Massachusets.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Mike Nichols says, "Let's take all the time we need for justice" in response to new trial rules from the Michigan Supreme Court

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

 "When someone's life is at stake and we're defending the constitution one life at a time I have no problem taking as much time as we need for justice," said Mike Nichols, attorney, Nichols Law Firm.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mike Nichols quoted on new super drunk law for local newspapers

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

Mike Nichols quoted on new super drunk law for both Livingston County and Ingham County local newspapers.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

DISTRICT JUDGE RULES THAT THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE DO NOT USE RELIABLE BLOOD ALCOHOL TESTING PROCEDURES

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

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mike Nichols completes mastering scientific evidence course

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Lansing attorney Mike Nichols completed the Mastering Scientific Evidence Course sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National College of DUI Defense.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Michigan OWI-DUI-OUIL expert Mike Nichols of East Lansing to instruct other lawyers on communicating the new DMT to juries

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

Attorneys have the opportunity to learn the theory and operation of the new datamaster dmt device in Lansing on June 3rd.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Can my Michigan OWI-OUIL-DUI be dismissed? Mike Nichols on the 4th Amendment and how it can help

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

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Monday, March 14, 2011

How far should Michigan courts go to avoid Padilla-type ineffective assistance of counsel claims

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Michigan Supreme Court is considering whether to create a new court-rule for plea taking. The question is, will the Court ultimately put the responsibility on the judge or on the lawyers to make sure that the accused has been advised of the potential immigration consequences of a plea of guilty or no contest to a criminal charge?

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mike Nichols Appears on Lansing Radio to Discuss the Constitution - Missed the Show? Click the Link

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Michigan criminal-law-OWI-OUIL-DUI-expert-Mike-Nichols addressed the Lansing radio audience on the Constitution and a pending case before the United-States-Supreme-Court.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Medical Marijuana Club Owner Will Continue to Face Criminal Charges

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drug Crimes

An Ingham-County-Judge-refused-to-dismiss-criminal-charges against the owner of a medical-marijuana club in the Lansing-area, leaving the case pending in the new year.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Right To Present A Defense: What the Law Says

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

 I often wonder when it was that many judges decided citizens accused of a crime had to prove something during a trial. After all, the judge tells the jury not once but twice during the instructions that the defendant does not have to do anything to be entitled to a verdict of not guilty. The prosecution opines “it’s the defendant’s job to keep evidence out.” However, it seems like every time I submit a case and call witnesses, the prosecution often plays exactly that role.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

“OPERATING” IN OPERATING-WHILE-INTOXICATED CASES IS DEFINED FROM A LANSING-OWI/DUI-ARREST-AND-CONVICTION BY THE MICHIGAN-COURT-OF-APPEALS … AGAIN

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Synthetic-Marijuana and Other Drugs Outlawed-By-The-Michigan Legislature

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drug Crimes

 It is now illegal to possess synthetic marijuana and other chemicals – even though they are not “drugs” per se.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Mike Nichols Gives Superdrunk Update To Those Defending Drinking Drivers

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

Read the Powerpoint presentation Mike Nichols gave.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why people arrested by the Ingham County Sheriff Department of violating the Michigan-OWI-OUIL-DUI statue in 2010 should plead not guilty

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

 In some cases, the only evidence that can convict an accused of violating Michigan’s-drunk –driving-law is a chemical test. However, anyone arrested in suburban Lansing, including Lansing Township, Williamston, parts of Okemos or the Mason area based on a breath sample –the breath may have been sampled by a failing breath test instrument.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Are SCRAM Tethers Perfect? "NO" says Mike Nichols

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

Are SCRAM tethers perfect? “NO” says Michigan-OWI-OUIL-DUI expert attorney Mike Nichols, commenting for Michigan State University news coverage in the wake of increased alcohol-arrests.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Are tethers a viable option for jail? Mike Nichols weighs in for the Lansing State Journal

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving, OWI, Domestic Violence, Drug Crimes

Michigan-OWI-OUIL-DUI expert Mike Nichols weighs in for the Lansing State Journal

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

HOW TO TURN YOUR MICHIGAN-OWI-OUIL-DUI ARREST INTO A REFUND CHECK FROM THE COURT FOR THE RETURN-OF-YOUR-BOND

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

A Lansing man walked out of court on Monday, September 20, 2010 with a check for the balance of his bond.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Case may affect admissibility of blood-alcohol tests

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drug Crimes

A recent article in the Lansing State Journal details a current Nichols Law case that may affect the admissibility of blood-alcohol tests in court. Read the article.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Arrest may clarify medical marijuana law

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drug Crimes

A recent article in the Lansing State Journal describes how a current Nichols Law case could help clarify the medical marijuana law. Read the article.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Mike Nichols to Speak on Michigan's Superdrunk Change to Michigan-OWI/DUI-Law

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

Mike Nichols will educate other lawyers on Michigan’s so-called “superdrunk” law in October. Mr. Nichols will address the Ingham County Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section in October, 2010 on the changes to Michigan’s OWI law.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mike Nichols makes headlines in Muskegon and Lansing

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Mike Nichols makes headlines in Muskegon and Lansing. Mr. Nichols is featured in a profile that runs in the latest edition of the Muskegon legal news. Muskegon is just a few miles away from Ludington, where Mr. Nichols is litigating the admissibility of blood alcohol measurements by the Michigan State Police.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Case may affect admissibility of blood-alcohol tests

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

Mike Nichols is currently involved in a case that may affect admissibility of blood-alchohol tests. Read the article at lsj.com.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

LegalNews.com article on Mike Nichols

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Mike Nichols is featured in an article in the Flint/Genessee Legal News section of LegalNews.com. Read the article.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ever wonder what celebrity plea agreements look like when the celebrity himself writes them?

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Lansing-area arrest might clarify medical marijuana law

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drug Crimes

The Nichols Law Firm is involved in a case that might clarify Michigan's medical marijuana law.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Why I Represent Drunk Drivers

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

ARE YOU CHARGED WITH A SERIOUS CRIME, SCARED TO DEATH AND IN FEAR OF YOUR FUTURE? HIRE THE NICHOLS LAW FIRM AND PREPARE FOR TRIAL - IT IS THE BEST WAY TO NEGOTIATE A GOOD RESULT AND HERE IS ONE STORY

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Facing Multiple Felony Drug Charges - Client Walks Away with a Chance at a Clean Record

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drug Crimes

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Can A Conviction Be Set Aside When The Conviction Results In License Sanctions?

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

A conviction may be set aside (also called “expunged) under MCL 780.621 et seq. so long as it is not a prohibited offense. The statute of course, does not establish the right to set aside a conviction but enables a defendant to Petition the Court to Set Aside a conviction once five years passes from the date of sentencing or the last day of incarceration.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Watch news broadcast of Michael Nichols speaking on DUI’s

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

Watch Mike Nichols give his thoughts on personal sobriety tests.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Are Substance Abuse Assessments Appropriate Bond Conditions?

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

The flavor of the month for dealing with suspected drunk drivers in extreme cases like felonies, accidents involving injury or death, even some 1st time defendants with an extremely high BrAC or BAC seems to be ordering the defendant to undergo a substance abuse assessment.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

The Judge will not Grant Bond for Me in My Michigan-Criminal-Case. What Do I Do?

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Judges are constrained in most Michigan-criminal-cases when it comes to setting bond. The Michigan constitution, statute and court rule on bond requires that the judge set bond either with no money up front, a sufficient amount to assure your appearance or a combination of money up front and conditions that are the least restrictive on your freedom but also assure the safety of any member of the community.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Detroit News quotes Mike Nichols on attorney fees in Michigan

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Read the article from The Detroit News.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Nichols Law Firm Client Gets Support from the Lansing State Journal

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The Lansing State Journal launched an editorial in opposition of the Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney and in support of a client of the Nichols Law Firm.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Non-DUI Outcome for Client on Day or Jury Selection Despite an Accident in a Snowstorm

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

The Nichols Law Firm negotiated a non-DUI result for a client who was accused-but-not-guilty in a Michigan DUI case. “It was a matter of lining up an expert to discuss the variations of the datamaster and why there was no evidence of impaired driving” said Mike Nichols.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mike Nichols Teaches Judges and Lawyers About Evidence

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

>Mike Nichols helped lead a presentation on evidence to lawyers and judges at the Ingham County Bench-Bar conference.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mike Nichols to be Published in Statewide Publication For The State Bar of Michigan

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Michigan lawyers will learn the top three things that every lawyer must know about setting aside convictions by reading the upcoming issue of the State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Section newsletter.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

District Judge Dismisses One Count and Prosecutor Dismisses Two Others in MSU Fireworks Case

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

An East Lansing District Judge dismissed a count of accessory after the fact in the MSU Fireworks case

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Friday, December 18, 2009

NLF Client Goes To Trial On OWI and Walks Out of the Courthouse with a $100.00 check from the county

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, OWI

A judge dismissed an OWI charge in the middle of Mike Nichols' cross examination of the arresting officer. "The officer admitted that the datamaster gave him an ambient fail. I then made him read the portion of the operator's manual for the datamaster that said that ambient fail is a display message that means that there may be contaminated air in the room. A short time later the judge excused the jury for lunch and advised the prosecutor that he felt he needed to dismiss the case because the officer should have followed up and, as he admitted, the officer didn't even know what to do." To find out more about whether your breath result may be contaminated, click here for http://www.datamasterlimits.com.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Mike Nichols is NHTSA-certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing for OWI-investigations

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, OWI

Mike Nichols is certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) after he attended a 24-hour course and passed a proficiency exam. “It was fascinating to administer the SFSTs on our intoxicated subjects” said Nichols. He added: “I have a much better understanding for how difficult the tests are for both the subject being tested and the officer administering the test. Hence, if the officer is not careful, cautious and patient the test can easily end up as an invalid indicator of intoxication; and that is no better than flipping a coin when deciding whether to arrest someone.”

 

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nichols Law Firm client the only co-defendant to not take a plea agreement

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Story from Lansing State Journal by Kevin Grasha:
EAST LANSING - It was a prank hatched Nov. 1 in a Michigan State University dorm room by two freshmen

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Student In Court For Illegal Bombs

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

A Michigan State University freshman takes the stand, admitting she tossed an explosive at an East Lansing home. Read Ann Emerich's story from wlns.com:

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Friday, November 20, 2009

DUI Expert Mike Nichols Testifies As An Expert In a Michigan DUI Case

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

Mike Nichols was called as an expert witness by the defense in an Eaton County DUI-case on November 19, 2009. The issue in the case was the defense available to a defendant who pled guilty in a marginal case and didn’t realize it would cost him his driver’s license for a year because of his prior conviction. You can find out how to put Mike Nichols’ expertise to work for you in your DUI-case by contacting us at 517.432.900: 877-9DUI-LAW or www.michiganduidefender.com 

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

OWI Charge Dismissed on the Eve of Trial

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, OWI

How can you get your OWI charge dismissed? Contact The Nichols Law Firm. On November 10th, a prosecutor dismissed all charges in a Battle Creek-OWI/DUI-case. "The client will not even have to plead responsible to a careless driving," said OWI-attorney Mike Nichols of East Lansing.  The client was in an accident, in which he was not at fault. The responding officer smelled what appeared to him to be an odor consistent with alcohol. The client submitted to a blood test that resulted in a result of .08 grams of ethanol per 100 milliliters of blood. "However, the prosecutor did not realize that the officer had the citizen drive his truck 4 miles down the road from the accident scene to a park and ride where he administered field sobriety tests," said Nichols. "We videotaped the route from the accident scene to the investigation scene so the jury could see how far and feel how long that distance was ... because the officer never memorialized in his report that he saw any problems with this person's driving at that point in time. Further, he DIRECTED this person to drive. Would you do that as an officer sworn to protect the public if you thought that someone was too impaired to drive?" Nichols added.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Mike Nichols Retained To Represent MSU Student on Explosive Charges

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

MSU students facing up to 20 years prison time for explosives.  Read more on the charges at: www.freep.com/article/20091104/NEWS06/91104077/4-MSU-students-charged-in-blast

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Mike Nichols Interviewed By Ingham County Legal News on the Release of the OWI Manual

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Mike Nichols will be featured in the Ingham County Legal News for an upcoming edition regarding the release of the Michigan OWI Manual for Thomson West Publishing. The interview will be conducted at the offices of the Nichols Law Firm by Ingham County Legal News editor Roberta Gubbins. 

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mike Nichols To Testify As An Expert In A Michigan-DUI Case

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

Mike Nichols will testify as an expert witness on Monday, September 19th, 2009. The issue is whether a lawyer rendered ineffective assistance of counsel in an OWI case. Mr. Nichols will testify as an expert in the datamaster and OWI investigation from the attorney's perspective.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

No Jail Despite Third-Offense-Michigan-DUI

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

A Nichols Law Firm client received no jail at his sentencing despite the fact that he had two prior convictions for DUI. “The key was the presentation during plea bargaining and a lot of work in a short time to understand what the client’s record was and what the other side knew. I disclosed everything in plea negotiations including our legal arguments about the stop,” said attorney Mike Nichols. The client was also allowed to plead to the reduced charge of operating while visibly impaired. “That saves him $1000.00 in driver responsibility fees alone,” Nichols added.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

OWI Handbook by Mike Nichols Makes It Vegas - As Does The Author

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

Mike Nichols accepted the invitation from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) to attend the National DUI conference in Las Vegas October 8-10. “I was awestruck to find copies of the Michigan OWI handbook for sale at the West booth where all the vendors were set up” said Nichols. “I was also awestruck by the presentations by Dr. Paul Homoly, a leadership coach who talked about speaking. I am almost finished with his book and it will help improve my trial preparation and presentation greatly. I hope to bring him to Michigan” Nichols added.  Nichols also was the winning bidder in the silent auction for a rare photo of Babe Ruth and Shoeless Joe Jackson. “This will truly be a treasured item to add to my office art and I am pleased to contribute to the causes promoted by the NACDL,” he said.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Judge Tosses Out Breath Test Result in Lansing DUI Case

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

A Lansing Judge ruled that the prosecutor may not use the result of a breath test in an OWI 3rd charge against a client of the Nichols Law Firm. “In this case, we demanded the right to inspect the datamaster and the room in which the datamaster is stored. The police and prosecutor resisted. When the officer failed to appear for a hearing on our motion, the judge finally threw up his hands and kept the evidence out of the preliminary examination,” said attorney Mike Nichols. The end result was an Order from the judge that the felony charge would go to trial strictly on the theory of Operating Under the Influence of Liquor. “The OUIL charge requires proof that the defendant’s ability to drive was ‘substantially diminished’ because of drinking alcohol. It is more difficult to prove than so called OUIL per se based on an unlawful blood or breath alcohol content.” Nichols added.  “If you’re charged with a felony, make sure that you demand the right to inspect closely the chemical test procedures, instruments and all facets of the analysis of your breath or blood” said Nichols. Nichols just completed the “Michigan OWI Handbook,” for Thomson Reuters Publishing. Thomson Reuters (formerly West) is now taking orders for the book, a leading guide for attorneys who practice OWI defense in Michigan.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mike Nichols Given Distinction by Legal Writing Organization

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Mike Nichols was named a sustaining member of the legal writing organization “Scribes.”  Scribes is the American Society of Legal Writers. Mr. Nichols became a member in 2008. He is author of the Michigan OWI Handbook by Thomson Reuters Publishing.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Superdrunk!

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

Superdrunk legislation leads the way amongst new statutes that affect criminal law practictioners.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Probation Officer Demands Jail in an East Lansing DUI: Judge Gives a NLF Client a Second Chance

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

A judge gave a Nichols Law Firm client with prior DUI convictions a second chance and allowed him to earn the ability to stay out of jail by seeing through substance-abuse-treatment, despite the aggressive request for jail time from the probation department.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

United States Government Dismisses Bank Robbery Charges

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

The United States Government has dismissed a bank robbery charge against a Nichols Law Firm client.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tough New Michigan-DUI Laws Take Effect Next Year

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

Michigan’s lawmakers are at it again: so-called “superdrunk” legislation will take effect in October, 2010. “It’s another onerous crackdown on Michigan-DUI cases” said attorney Mike Nichols. A link to an article published by Mr. Nichols in the BRIEFS for the Ingham County Bar Association is attached.

 

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Friday, September 4, 2009

What's better than a Not Guilty Verdict? A Dismissal in Mid-Trial

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

The prosecuting attorney dismissed a DUI/OWI charge against a Nichols Law Firm client on September 3rd in a Michigan DUI case. "We prepared hard; I knew what I wanted to do with the arresting officer during voir dire and cross examination and it all came together" said attorney Mike Nichols. The prosecutor offered to allow the client to accept a civil infraction at a break, following a ruling by the court to take Mike Nichols' objection to the datamaster results under advisement. "The officer was very honest to his credit," Nichols added. "He just could not give sufficient foundation for the datamaster result," he said.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mike Nichols Receives a Perfect Rating From AVVO

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

Mike Nichols has received a perfect 10.0 out of 10.0 from AVVO.

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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"

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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Monday, August 17, 2009

Judge Tells Prosecutor: Not Enough Evidence To Go To Trial in Michigan Drunk Driving Case on Unlawful Blood Alcohol Theory to Prove Felony-DUI

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

An Ingham County Circuit Court judge has ruled that the prosecutor erred by not trying to submit the breath test results at the preliminary-exam.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Drunk Driving and Drug Charges Dismissed

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving, Drug Crimes

Charges of OWI were dismissed against a Nichols Law Firm client, who was allowed to plead guilty to Reckless driving instead. The client was charged with OWI and possession of marijuana after his vehicle was stopped early one morning shortly before the Christmas holiday.  "We were able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the drug possession charge after groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions this spring" said Mike Nichols. "We then attacked the OWI charge and attack we did," Nichols added. The client was offered the plea agreement after motions were filed to suppress the evidence and the prosecuting attorney risked losing the case on the eve of trial.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Mike Nichols Invited to Join the State Bar of Michigan Foundation as a Felllow

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

Mike Nichols accepted an invitation to join the State Bar of Michigan Foundation as a fellow. An attorney in Michigan can become a fellow of the foundation by invitation only.  "I am very honored and humbled to become a fellow," said Nichols.  "The hard work that I put into writing, speaking and helping other lawyers is its own reward but I am grateful for recognition from my fellow lawyers."

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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.