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Friday, April 21, 2017

Dead Man Acquitted - A Fascinating By-product of the Aaron Hernandez Suicide

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

President Obama Commutes the Sentence of a Nichols Law Firm Client – Her Nightmare is Over

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Monday, May 2, 2016

The "Castle Doctrine" Gets New Vitality from the Michigan Court of Appeals

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform: Reform in Just Name Only?

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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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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Michigan's Medical Marijuana Attorney Josh Covert: Several Michigan Municipalities Join the Legalization Movement

Categories: Drug Crimes, Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

 The trend to make marijuana legal continued in Michigan this November. 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Testing Positive For Marijuana While On Probation Does Not Mean Use Was Recent

Categories: Drug Crimes, Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

 Does testing positive for marijuana while on probation mean a violation?

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Marijuana Users and Patients Targeted on the Famous "4.20" Day of Celebration

Categories: Drug Crimes, Minor in Possession, Medical Marijuana

Many people still view that both 4/20 and 4:20 are "code words" when in reality law enforcement officers and others are aware of the date and time significance.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Mike Nichols secures release of Illinois man charged with conspiracy in drug ring that allegedly distributed over 5.5 million of medical marijuana across the country

Categories: Drug Crimes

An Illinois man is free on an unsecured bond after criminal defense attorney Mike Nichols secured his release in a detention hearing in federal court.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Michigan Court Of Appeals Says Drug Dog Sniffing On Your Porch Is Not A Search

Categories: Drug Crimes

 The Michigan Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion involving drug dogs and the fourth amendment.  

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

DETROIT NEWS COVERS MIKE NICHOLS VICTORY IN DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS CASE - BLOOD TEST NOT RELIABLE SAYS COURT

Categories: Drug Crimes

The Detroit News reports on a ground breaking decision that held that the Michigan State Police lab did not establish the reliability of a blood analysis for marijuana. 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

MICHIGAN DUID ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS WORKS ON DRUG RECOGNITION EVALUATION KNOWLEDGE AT ANNUAL NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS/NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR DUI DEFENSE CONFERENCE

Categories: Drug Crimes

 "Law enforcement is looking to replace lost funds from the enforcement of alcohol-related drunk driving cases. . ."

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Monday, October 8, 2012

MICHIGAN DRUGGED DRIVING ATTORNEY MIKE NICHOLS ASKS: WHO IS MORE DANGEROUS BEHIND THE WHEEL? A PERSON ON THEIR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS OR AN ELDERLY PERSON, WHOSE REFLEXES ARE UNFORTUNATELY TOO DETERIORATED TO DRIVE SAFELY?

Categories: Drug Crimes

 In fact, National Public Radio featured coverage of elderly drivers on October 8, asking "when is it time to give up the keys?" Nichols says: "it made me think of all the signs of a driver who is not safe and the fact that the best thing for you to do if you are on prescription medication, from medical marijuana to ambien, is to simply decline to answer the officer's questions about your medications."

 

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

DRIVING WITH THE PRESENCE OF ANY AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA - THE STATE SUPREME COURT SAYS THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW DOES NOT MEAN THAT PATIENTS WILL BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY!

Categories: Drug Crimes

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that when a medical marijuana patient is charged with multiple crimes, the rules of criminal procedure still apply.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

US CONSTITUTION APPLIES TO YOU COLLEGE STUDENTS TOO

Categories: Drug Crimes

Although there are a few search warrant exceptions which
courts have allowed (automobile exception, exigent circumstances,
consent, plain view) being a college student is not one of them.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

NICHOLS LAW FIRM PROVIDES INFORMATION ON THE MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIHUANA ACT (MMMA)

Categories: Drug Crimes

...defendant instead opted to seek protection under section 8 which is available to those who have been recommended to use marihuana by a licensed physician to treat a qualifying condition.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

35 STATES WERE SURVEYED AND MICHIGAN HAS THE LONGEST AVERAGE PERIOD OF INCARCERATION

Categories: Drug Crimes

Last month the Pew Center on the States, a nonprofit division of the Pew Charitable Trusts, released a report which indicated that Michigan has the longest average period of incarceration among the 35 states surveyed. 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

EFFORTS TO CONTROL SYNTHETIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES K2, SPICE, YUCATAN FIRE, IVORY WAVE, VANILLA SKY, BLISS AND LOL SOLD NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION INTRODUCED UNDER HOUSE BILL

Categories: Drug Crimes

If this bill passes both houses and becomes law, those who use or sell imitation controlled substances would need to stay informed regarding any possible changes to the schedule of controlled substances via director determination

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Friday, June 1, 2012

NEW BILL IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WOULD RECLASSIFY MARIHUANA AS A SCHEDULE 2 CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WHEN SUED BY MEDICAL MARIHUANA PATIENTS

Categories: Drug Crimes

A bill was recently introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives that would reclassify marihuana as a schedule 2 controlled substance if it is used by qualifying individuals as provided in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WHEN POSSESSION OF MEDIBLES CARRIES GREATER RISK

Categories: Drug Crimes, Medical Marijuana

Medibles are interesting from a legal perspective because they only contain a small percentage of marijuana in comparison to the medibles weight.

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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.

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