Michigan Drunk Driving Lawyer

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is one of the most frequently prosecuted crimes in the State of Michigan. There are two different ways that a person can be prosecuted: one way is by showing a breath, blood or urine content that is at an unlawful level. An unlawful level is .08 grams per 100 mililiters of blood/breath/urine or higher. The other way is to convince the jury that there is visible evidence of impaired driving. Impaired driving is defined as driving with substantially less ability than an ordinary driver because of the consumption of alcohol. If you are charged with drunk driving there are many issues that you need to consider and you should definitely consult with an attorney who is familiar with both the substantive laws as well as the biology behind the body's consumption of alcohol and the science behind testing a body's chemical content. Two of our lawyers, Mike Nichols and Karen Phillips, are certified by the manufacturer of the breath test device used in Michigan as competent in the theory and operation of the Datamaster.

Mike Nichols also completed a one week course at the Axion Laboratory in Chicago in Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry.

Did you know? The Michigan legislature requires the police to tell you that you have the right to an independent chemical test? Many people want one because of concerns over the lack of accuracy of breath or blood testing. What happens if you ask for one? Find out more by watching this video and contacting our lawyers at 517.432.9000.




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Michigan's Drunk Driving Lawyer

Michael J. Nichols Mike Nichols is a leader in the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). He serves on the forensic science committee, the faculty and is a sustaining member. He has spoken on multiple occasions at NCDD conferences including Mastering Scientific Evidence and the first ever "metrology" (the science of measurement) conference. Mike Nichols is a founder of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys (MIAOWIA) and is currently the secretary and a co-chair of the education committee. Mike Nichols is a founder of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. Mike Nichols is active in the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM). He chairs the task force for criminal law certification and is on the rules and laws committee. Mike Nichols is on the State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Section Council and has spoken at the SBM annual meeting. Mike Nichols is an adjunct professor in DUI Law and Practice and Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law for the Western Michigan University Thomas M Cooley Law School.  He specializes in litigation in complex criminal matters, especially alcohol and drug offenses and the defense of those charged with drunk driving.  He authored the Michigan OWI Handbook for West Publishing.

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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.