The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel focuses on helping families affected by legal troubles, including traffic offenses and criminal matters.

From our offices in Cary, North Carolina, we represent clients throughout the Research Triangle area, including Wake County and Chatham County.

Wake County Criminal Defense

We fight for our clients and work tirelessly to provide the best representation possible. We are passionate about our work and strive to provide caring and effective advocacy for your case. We focus on criminal defense including misdemeanors, traffic tickets and DMV issues including DWI and DUI work.

Our Services

Wake County & Chatham CountyTraffic Tickets


Paying off a traffic citation in court or online can be an admission of guilt and can result in points on your driver’s license. This can result in substantial increases in your insurance premium or even the loss of your driving privilege. Depending on your driving record, you may be eligible to get your traffic offense dismissed or reduced to the non-moving violation of improper equipment without you personally having to take time from your daily life to appear in court. A non-moving violation has no effect on your insurance and comes with zero DMV points.

DWI - Driving While Intoxicated

In all Raleigh area DWI/DUI cases we will tell you your costs up front. Aside from the costs to hire my law firm there will be a range of DMV costs and court cost - we'll lay them all out for you. I work with both in state and out of state clients. We offer payment plans, take personal checks and can accept payment over the phone with Visa or MasterCard.

Call (919) 585-1486 to make an appointment to speak with a Cary DWI attorney, or stop by the office during regular business hours. You can also reach us directly via e-mail at We will schedule an appointment at any time based on your schedule.

We serve Wake County, Chatham County, Durham County and Orange County. This includes Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay Varina and other surrounding cities in the Research Triangle.

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DWLR - Driving While License Revoked

Pleading guilty to a driving while license suspended charge will suspend your driving privilege for an additional year. Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) is a serious criminal charge that can impact both your financial future and your driving privilege. It is a Class 1 Misdemeanor and comes with a potential sentence of up to 120 days in jail. Additionally, it carries eight (8) insurance points, causing a 190% increase in insurance rates for three (3) years. Depending on the facts it may be possible to secure a reduction or even a dismissal. There is hope if you have a DWLR ticket. Call us to review your case.

Drug Charges

We handle marijuana possession and other misdemeanor level drug offenses.  We also handle first offenders programs and can work to make sure a first time charge remains off your record.

First Offenders Programs

First Offenders Programs Conditional Discharge of First Time Drug Offenders - N.C. G.S. 90-96 N.C. G.S. 90-96 allows for a dismissal of your case if you’ve been charged with certain first-time drug offenses. You are eligible if you have never been convicted of a felony offense or a previous drug offense. You will be required to perform community service, pay court costs and fines, and undergo a drug abuse assessment program. If you complete the various requirements in the approved time period then your case will be dismissed. Once your drug charge has been dismissed, you may be eligible for an expungement. Call for a free consultation to see if you qualify for an expungement.


The Law Officesof Wiley Nickel handles misdemeanors in Wake County courts.  Some of the charges we handle include DWLR, marijuana possession, DWI, Assault, Traffic issues, larceny, shoplifting, open container tickets and other student crimes. 

North Carolina DMV Issues

We will help you at every stage of the process with your DMV issue.  Whether it's a speeding ticket, DWI or DWLR charge we know how to fight your charges or negotiate the best possible solution to get you on the road again and avoid a huge insurance hike. 

Wake County Student Crimes/NC State Student Crimes

College is a great time to have fun and meet new people. However, underage drinking violations or minor drug charges can turn a small mistake into a criminal charge that stays on your record for a lifetime.

At the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, we have experience defending college students and underage drinkers. Attorney Wiley Nickel is a former prosecutor with solid experience handling criminal defense cases, including underage drinking cases.  We also handle NC State Disciplinary hearings and can walk you through that process if you're charged with a violation of NC State student honor code or other campus disciplinary charges.

If you have been charged with an underage drinking violation or drug possession, don't put your future in jeopardy. Contact a Raleigh student crimes attorney for a free consultation to discuss your options.

North Carolina Expungements

Whether or not your case was dismissed, you can protect your reputation and rebuild your life through the process of Expunging your criminal record (also called Expunction). Even if your case was dismissed a record still remains that is visible to future employers, current employers, customers, landlords, colleges, insurers and anyone else who might do a check on your record.

If you worked with your attorney to negotiate a dismissal of your criminal charge or are found not guilty at trial your criminal arrest record will still remain.  The original criminal charge will always remain on your record. If your record is expunged then all searches of your record will show a clean criminal record and a clean public arrest record.  We handle expungements for the entire state of North Carolina.  Call NC Expungement Attorney Wiley Nickel for a free consultation today.

Wake County Family Law

When your marriage ends, having the right divorce lawyer on your side can have a big impact on your life. Amidst the emotional chaos, accumulating paperwork, and complicated legal procedures, it can be difficult to choose the best lawyer so you can move on with your life. You’re going to have a lot of questions. Are you confused about the division of marital assets, pension plans, taxes, alimony, child support, child custody and other issues? Will your financial future be secure after the divorce is final?

At the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel we can help provide answers for these and many other questions. My law firm handles all areas of family law, including divorce, alimony, pre-divorce planning, separation agreements, child support, child custody and visitation. We also handle no-contest divorces and mediate divorces when it is appropriate.

When you call my law firm I will be your main contact and will not hand you off to support staff. You will find a caring environment where your emotional well being is a priority. I will provide you with a clear path to follow in planning your divorce so that you fully understand all of the options available to you at every step of the way. I will personally answer all of your questions regarding your divorce and help you move through the process as painlessly as possible.

Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO)

Domestic Violence Law and Protective Order (DVPO) Hearings

A DVPO can lead to a year long “do not contact” order by the court.  A Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO) hearing is issued in response to a complaint by a person (the plaintiff) concerning physical abuse, or forthcoming threats of physical abuse. In response to the DVPO complaint, the Court may issue an order instructing the Defendant not to assault, threaten, or harass the plaintiff. The Court may also do considerably more, should they feel it's in the best interest of the victim. These actions may include: making temporary determinations concerning custody of children, ordering the defendant to attend anger management courses, or demanding that the defendant abstain from seeing the plaintiff. DVPO hearings can be stressful and complicated. To get help, when dealing with an upcoming DVPO hearing in Wake County North Carolina, please call Raleigh DVPO Lawyer Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486 to schedule a consultation.

Key Areas of Criminal Defense