Clare County DUI Lawyer

Nichols Law Firm
(888) 677-1666

WARNING YOU ONLY HAVE 14 DAYS
from the date of your arrest for DUI in Michigan to request an administrative hearing about your driver's license. If you do not, your driver's license will be automatically suspended.

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Protecting Your Driving Privileges after a OWI / DUI in Harrison

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Nichols Law Firm: Michigan DUI Lawyers
Nichols Law Firm
3452 E. Lake Lansing Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823

Call (888) 677-1666

Being arrested for a crime like DUI is a scary ordeal and facing the government to try and prevent harsh penalties may seem like an impossible task. You need an advocate on your side who knows Michigan DUI law and who will know how to bargain with the prosecutor to have your charges reduced, or possibly even dismissed. At the Nichols Law Firm, you will work with a team of Clare County DUI lawyers who know how to get results.

  • The Nichols Law Firm defends drivers accused of being impaired by drugs and alcohol
  • Specialty areas include complex forensic issues and federal law
  • Attorney Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense, who uncovered a new flaw in blood alcohol testing in Michigan
  • Well-known and respected attorneys who are committed to results
  • Free initial consultation to speak with an attorney right away

Mike Nichols is one of the attorneys with the firm, and he is the author of the Michigan OWI Handbook. He is also an adjunct professor of DUI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. One of the Clare County DUI lawyers, Joshua Covert, is known for his litigation of legal issues related to marijuana DUI laws. The Clare County DUI lawyers at the Nichols Law Firm have a broad spectrum of experience with DUI cases, ranging in severity from misdemeanor to felony offenses. For the most knowledgeable and thorough defense of your DUI charges, you have come to the right place: the Nichols Law Firm.

The Nichols Law Firm has a history of obtaining dismissed and reduced charges for their clients. They have prevented many people from losing their driving privileges, receiving lengthy jail terms, and many other harsh penalties that are given to those with DUI charges. Find out how to fight your case with the team of Clare County DUI lawyers at the Nichols Law Firm during your initial telephone consultation. Schedule your free, over the phone case evaluation by calling (888) 677-1666 or by filling out the consultation form found on this page. In Michigan, you have only 14 days after your arrest to contest the automatic suspension of your driver’s license, which is why it is important to enlist a legal advocate as soon as possible. Call right away.

DUI Penalties in Michigan

Mike Nichols DUI VideosAs one of the most frequently prosecuted crimes in Michigan, DUI is a common but highly complicated crime which prosecutors and judges are hesitant to penalize lightly even for first offenders. In fact, harsh penalties are often given as a way to deter future offenses. But many people can have their lives ruined by a conviction, and this strategy is counterproductive and does not serve justice. Additionally, not everyone who is arrested for DUI is guilty, and there are many facts that can be overlooked in a case by prosecutors, because it is not their job to prove your innocence. Only a Clare County DUI lawyer will ensure that all your rights are protected during your case, and will investigate all the facts of your arrest to make sure proper protocols were followed by law enforcement, and check that the evidence used against you is accurate. Even if you do believe you are guilty, you still have the right to be treated fairly in court. Two of the Clare County DUI lawyers with the Nichols Law Firm, Mike Nichols and Karen Phillips, are certified by the manufacturer of the breath device used in Michigan. Sometimes the breathalyzer is used improperly which can lead to inaccurate results. There are many ways to defend a DUI case, and these strategies are thoroughly practiced by Nichols Law Firm’s Harrison DUI lawyers, who know the law, and are committed obtaining results.

When you are arrested for DUI, you will receive harsher penalties if a minor was in the car, if an accident was caused, or if you were driving on a commercial driver’s license. Most DUI convictions result in loss of driver’s license, fines, jail, community service and probation. Some more serious cases will be penalized with required use of an ignition interlock device and alcohol rehabilitation.

It is important that you know what kind of penalties you are facing. DUI cases need thorough preparation, and your Clare County DUI lawyer will need plenty of time to prepare your defense. Call the Nichols Law Firm now and ask for your telephone review to find out more about your case.

About the Nichols Law Firm, Clare County DUI Lawyers

Founding Member, Forensic Critic and Adjunct Law Professor Mike Nichols handles cases where the accused citizen is up against an overzealous police officer, an overzealous prosecutor or swimming upstream against the political winds marshaled by mothers against drunk driving (MADD) or some other political cause. He is an attorney who focuses his practice area and therefore has developed skills and qualifications in the area of the defense of drinking or drugged drivers.

He handles the most intense cases, especially when the matter garners media attention. He tried 11 OWI cases in 2012 and obtained not guilty verdicts in more than half of those cases.

In 2012 he also successfully moved to exclude a Michigan State Police blood analysis claiming to have identified 11 nanograms per milliliter of THC in the blood sample of the alleged client. The basis for the motion was the inability of the MSP lab to analyze human blood for the presence of marijuana.

In 2011, he successfully moved to exclude a blood alcohol analysis that claimed his client’s blood alcohol content was .29. The basis for the motion was the lack of any uncertainty declaration with the report issued by the Michigan State Police.

Wendy M. Schiller

Michigan DUI Lawyer Wendy Schiller-NicholsWendy Schiller-Nichols, the founding partner of Nichols Law Firm, began practicing law in 2000. As a partner, mother, lawyer and wife, Ms. Schiller-Nichols understands what quality of life means. Ms. Schiller-Nichols will work tirelessly to get results for her clients.

While attending the University of Memphis, Ms. Schiller-Nichols worked as a legal assistant/paralegal for a medical malpractice firm in Memphis, TN. She earned her Bachelors Degree and then returned to Michigan, wherein she graduated With Distinction from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Ms. Schiller-Nichols is a member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Ingham County Bar Association. She lives in East Lansing with her husband and law partner, Michael J. Nichols and their three children. Ms. Schiller-Nichols is a native of Northern Michigan, graduating from Oscoda High School.

Karen Phillips

Michigan DUI Lawyer Karen PhillipsKaren Phillips is an accomplished Harrison DUI lawyer with a focus in criminal defense. One of her more well known successes in court was for her representation of a client during Michigan’s infamous “cedarfest” riots. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University, and received her juris doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She focuses on specializing in driver’s license restoration and litigation of alcohol-related offenses. She was named as a SuperLawyer Rising Star in Criminal Law in 2013 by SuperLawyers Magazine; she was selected after rigorous peer review. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Michigan have been accredited by SuperLawyers.

Joshua M. Covert

Michigan DUI Lawyer Josh CovertJoshua M. Covert graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2011. For his Master of Laws (LLM) degree, his curriculum focused on medical marijuana and criminal law. Josh Covert is a member of several professional organizations including: Criminal Defense Lawyers of Michigan (CDAM) and is also a member of the NORML legal committee (NLC) working to reform marijuana laws.

Mr. Covert has had success defending those accused of drunk driving. In 2012, Mr. Covert represented a client charged with felony restricting and obstructing with habitual offender enhancements as well as OWI child endangerment and an implied consent violation. After Mr. Covert made his appearance at the preliminary examination, both the felony restricting and obstructing and the implied consent violation were dismissed resulting in a sentence where fines and costs were the only requirements.

Further in 2012, Joshua also represented a client who was charged with OWI 2nd which could have resulted in the revocation of his drivers license for at least one year. Thanks to Mr. Covert’s efforts his client was able to plead to open intoxicant on a public highway which did not affect his driver’s license.

Call Now for a Michigan DUI Consultation!

Call immediately for your consultation, or fill out the consultation form found on this page. Do not wait and contact the Nichols Law Firm as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. The number is (888) 677-1666.

Nichols Law Firm Reviews

Reviews by Actual Clients of
Nichols Law Firm

Rating: 10 out of 10 based on 14 reviews5 Star Review
Officer did not reliably administer standardized field sobriety tests ☆ Case dismissed

OWI involving a health care professional, who had a prior conviction. Case dismissed because the officer did not reliably administer standardized field sobriety tests.

People v Norm

Political professional charged with OWI ☆ Not guilty

Lansing political professional charged with OWI. Not guilty.

People v Jeremiah

Judge excluded the blood analysis because it was not conducted reliably enough to be admissible

Ohio resident with a prior conviction charged with operating with the presence of any drug causing an accident and leaving the same. The judge excluded the blood analysis because it was not conducted reliably enough to be admissible.

People v Jon

Jury verdict was not guilty on all charges ☆ Not guilty

Kuwaiti/U.S. joint citizen was charged with domestic violence with a prior alcohol conviction on his record in a rural northern Michigan community. The jury verdict was not guilty on all charges.

People v A

Immigration and deportation issues from drunk driving ☆ OWI Dismissed

An Indian citizen who had immigration and deportation concerns was arrested for drunk driving with an alleged breath alcohol content of .12. The OWI was dismissed and the client was allowed to plead to careless - thus preserving his ability to emigrate to Canada and return to the U.S.

People v L

I can't thank you enough for all you have done

Client called me with the great news last night. I can't thank you enough for all you have done. It truly has been an ordeal! God bless you for all you have done.

Mother of client of Michael J. Nichols, Grand Junction, Michigan

First class across the board!

Excellent representation-first class across the board! I would refer Michael to anyone.

Client of Michael J. Nichols

Appreciate the calm yet objective approach that both Mike and Wendy took

I really appreciated the calm yet objective approach that both Mike and Wendy took while working with me on my case. . .They made the journey more tolerable. Thanks to both of them! I would recommend the firm to anyone, especially someone going through a legal issue for a first time, which can be frightening.

Client of Michael J. Nichols & Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols, Grand Haven, Michigan

I'm so lucky to have met you and to have you fighting on my side

Mike, I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did in my court case. I will be forever grateful and never forget that. I'm so lucky to have met you and to have you fighting on my side.

Client of Michael J. Nichols, St. Johns, Michigan

Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Mike and his services

Mike far exceeded my expectations. He was extremely well versed in how to prepare prior to going in front of the judge for sentencing. I would recommend Mike to anyone for any legal matter. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Mike and his services.

Client of Michael J. Nichols, Shelby Township, Michigan

I found the best attorney

I could not have found a better person to represent me in my case.

Client of Michael J. Nichols, Lansing, Michigan

The outcome was above expectations

Everything about and with this case was handled in a proficient and timely manner. The outcome was above expectations and the time put forth was greatly appreciated.

Client of Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols, Carson City, Michigan

I could not be happier with the outcome of my terrible situation

I could not be happier with the outcome of my terrible situation. You did such an awesome job for me. I still cannot believe how well everything worked out. I really appreciate all of your hard work and personal attention. You made me feel calm and comfortable during a very nervous time.

Client of Karen L. Phillips, Walker, Michigan

I'm so thankful I had her as my lawyer

Karen is a great person. She is very helpful and dedicated to her clients. I'm so thankful I had her as my lawyer. She made me feel very comfortable.

Client of Karen Phillips, Bath, Michigan

Nichols Law Firm: Michigan DUI Lawyers
Nichols Law Firm
3452 E. Lake Lansing Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823

Call (888) 677-1666

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