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Friday, August 15, 2014

A Drunk Driving Crackdown is Again Upon Us

Categories: Karen L. Phillips

 A “Drunk Driving Crackdown” is again upon us as law enforcement officers in 40 of the 83 counties in Michigan are on high alert for drunk drivers.  This period will run from August 15 through the Labor Day Weekend of 2014.  

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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

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

 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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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Medical Marijuana Movement Now Becomes Legalization Movement: Hazel Park and Oak Park Join Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Categories: Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

 Citizens in two Michigan cities, Oak Park and Hazel Park, voted August 5th to decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana provided that an adult possesses it and it is possessed on private property.

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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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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

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

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, July 7, 2014

We Fight for Your Rights and Your Money: Attorney Stephanie Tzafaroglou Secures Return of $5,000 Forfeited Bond

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Stephanie Tzafaroglou

Nichols Law Firm attorneys Mike Nichols of East Lansing and Stephanie Tzafaroglou of Meridian Township filed a motion for the return of the forfeited bond. After a hearing on the motion on June 30th, the District Judge granted the motion and ordered the client’s bond returned less the “cost of apprehension” which was determined to be only $25.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Does the Lawyer Representing You Know the Collateral Consequences of Settling your Drunk-Drugged Driving Charge Before Giving Up Your Right to a Jury Trial?

Categories: Drunk-Driving, OWI

Driver license suspensions and sanctions are the most well-known and discussed collateral consequence of a conviction for drunk or drugged driving in Michigan.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

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

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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 29, 2014

Nichols Law Firm Attorney Saves Client From Serving an Unlawful Jail Sentence

Nichols Law Firm Attorney Stephanie Tzafaroglou prevented a local jail from holding a Nichols Law Firm client for a longer sentence than was ordered by the Court.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

OWI Charge Dismissed Against Michigan State University Student

Categories: Drunk-Driving, OWI, Stephanie Tzafaroglou

Attorney Stephanie Tzafaroglou obtained the dismissal of an OWI charge for a Michigan State University student.

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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

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Medical Marijuana

 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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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dismissal Obtained Allowing Nichols Law Firm Client to Keep License

Categories: Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols, Drunk-Driving

Attorney Wendy Schiller Nichols was able to obtain a dismissal at a Secretary of State Hearing, which allowed her client to keep his license.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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

Categories: Michael J. Nichols

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Is Your Driving Impaired By Your Medications?

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

 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

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

 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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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Caregiver Has Charges Dismissed After Motion To Present An Affirmative Defense Is Argued

Categories: Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

 “The outcome of this case illustrates why it is important to MMMA patients and caregivers to stand up for their rights as cardholders, my client had been offered many plea offers during the process but every time she stood firm and refused to admit that she did anything to violate the MMMA and ultimately after several months her case was dismissed weeks before trial” 

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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

Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

 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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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.