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Mr. Nichols is widely regarded as one of Maine’s best attorneys in the field of OUI defense. He has appeared on a variety of television and radio programs to discuss high-profile cases that he has defended. Attorney Nichols regularly writes about Maine criminal defense and you can read his articles on the Maine Defender Blog

Nichols & Tucker
1250 Forest Ave. Suite 10
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 879-4000

Quick Facts about Matthew Nichols

  • Trial Attorney.
  • Born: Mt. Clemens, Michigan in 1960.
  • Residence: Portland, Maine.
  • Married in 1992.
  • Licensed to practice in Maine since 1986.
  • Two years as Assistant City Solicitor in Bangor, Maine. In private practice since 1988.

Maine OUI Lawyer

Mr. Nichols speaks to lawyers at numerous seminars on the topics of criminal defense and defense of OUI, DWI, and DUI drunk driving cases. Described as a “zealous and fearless advocate”, he is a perennial attendee at national seminars on drunk driving defense. Attoney Matthew Nichols is also a certified Intoxilyzer 5000 operator and has testified as an expert witness on its operation and administration. He has successfully defended thousands of citizens accused of OUI as well as other crimes ranging from major felonies to simple misdemeanors.


  • University of Maine, Bachelor of Arts in History (with honors), 1983
  • University of Maine Law School, Juris Doctor, 1986

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Maine
  • US District Court – Maine

Experienced Criminal Defense

There is more to the practice of law than television’s depictions of high courtroom drama and criminal behavior. Each year many new laws are enacted and legal representation is essential. Our attorneys may be called upon to initiate or defend civil suits that involve a range of wrongdoing, including personal injury, OUI, DWI and DUI driving cases. We’re here to help put you on the right side of the law and protect your rights when accused of felonies and other criminal offenses. Please contact us at 207-879-4000 to discuss your problem and schedule an appointment to review your unique situation.

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