Livingston County DUI Lawyers

Nichols Law Firm
(888) 677-1666

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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The Nichols Law Firm’s Livingston County DUI lawyers are LEADERS in DUI defense and encourage you to contact an attorney as soon as possible after you have been arrested for DUI. Drunk driving cases are most often successful when fought by an attorney whose practice focuses on DUI. A conviction for DUI may have life-altering consequences, and not fighting your charges can result in being punished with the toughest penalties. For a free initial consultation, call (888) 677-1666 right away or you may fill out the consultation form found on this page.

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

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  • 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 a top authority on DUI, DWI, OWI, and OWVI law in Michigan. He is the author of the Michigan OWI Handbook and is an adjunct professor of “Drunk Driving Law and Practice” at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Many people accused of DUI are victims of a legal system which can mishandle evidence, procedure, and even due process. This is why it is so important that you speak with a qualified Livingston County DUI lawyer who can determine whether any of your Constitutional rights have been violated. The Nichols Law Firm is a team of attorneys who are proud to defend the Constitution and are dedicated to their clients and their clients’ goals. Speak with an attorney at the Nichols Law Firm about your charges by calling (888) 677-1666 now for an initial consultation.

Mike Nichols DUI VideosThe Nichols Law Firm is adamant about resolving your legal issue and is committed to doing everything they can to obtain the best resolution possible for your case. They are accessible to their clients and will keep you up to date on all progress made. Having worked with many clients over the years, they understand how scary it can be to face criminal charges, and also understand that your charges have probably been constantly on your mind. Additionally, the Nichols Law Firm’s attorneys know how important the outcome is to your livelihood, your personal life, and your future, which is why they will treat your case as if it were their only case. Call now to discuss your DUI charges with a knowledgeable and qualified Michigan DUI lawyer today.

The politicization of drunk driving offenses is a result of efforts made by anti-drinking and driving advocacy groups, and for this reason prosecutors and judges have become more hesitant to allow for leniency on even a first DUI offense. DUI law is nuanced and complicated, and simply pleading guilty or using an attorney without the appropriate experience can risk your immediate freedom and affect you long into the future.

Penalties for Michigan DUI

Any Michigan drunk driving offense requires serious representation in order to prevent the harsh penalties of a conviction. A Michigan drunk driving offense is known as Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) but can also be referred to as Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The lesser offense of Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI) can be charged if your BAC is below .08%. Any criminal conviction on your permanent criminal record will create a barrier between you and future job opportunities. Multiple DUI convictions can make it difficult to re-establish your driving privileges, and will significantly affect your insurance rates. Even a first DUI conviction can include harsh penalties such as:

  • 93 days in jail
  • 6 months license suspension
  • 360 hours of community service
  • up to $500 in fines
  • 6 points on your driver’s license

Other penalties can include the requirement of having an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle and required alcohol rehabilitation. Speak with a Livingston County DUI lawyer at the Nichols Law Firm to find out what penalties you are facing. Time is critical in DUI cases, so call now for a review of your case.

About the Nichols Law Firm, Livingston 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, Attorney
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, Attorney
Michigan DUI Lawyer Karen PhillipsKaren Phillips is an accomplished Michigan 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.

If You Have Been Charged with DUI, Call Now!

For a review of your Michigan DUI case, call the team of Livingston County DUI lawyers with the Nichols Law Firm. Your case will be reviewed by one of the most experienced and successful law firms in Michigan. Call (888) 677-1666 right away.

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

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