What Can a Raleigh Lawyer do with a Traffic Charge?

Do I Need Lawyer For a Traffic Ticket?

If you get a Speeding ticket, or you're stopped for Reckless Driving or another moving violation by a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer, Raleigh-Wake County Police officer or other law enforcement officer, they may improperly talk to you about your options around how to best handle your traffic ticket. However, this is not the person you should be listening to. You should not take your legal advice from the very person who put you in the position to need legal advice in the first place!  An attorney who is in YOUR corner and knows what options are available under North Carolina law will give you information that is accurate and in your best interests

Don Not Listen to the Police

Take advice from your lawyer, not from the police! Call 919-585-1486 or e-mail our Raleigh area law firm for a free initial consultation.  You can reach speeding ticket lawyer Wiley Nickel directly at wiley@wileynickel.com

Bad Advice from Police Officers

•The most common advice you will get from any officer is how to pay the ticket. If you do this, you are pleading guilty to a traffic offense, saving the officer the trouble of coming to traffic court to testify, and paying a fine. You also give up your right to have a lawyer make an explanation on your behalf, or request that the charges against you be dismissed or reduced.  Eseentially you are taking the worst possible outcome and throwing away any possible better outcomes.

•Do not take legal advice from a police officer. An officer writing a traffic ticket may give legal advice— advice that should come from your lawyer. The officer may, despite good intentions, give you bad advice. Your attorney will see that you take advantage of all options and may be able to preserve your drivers' license status and keep your insurance rates down.  An officer does not have your full driving record in front of them like we do when we evaluate a case.

•Your traffic offense attorney works for you, not for the court. A police or highway patrol officer works with the District Attorney and they have common goals. You need an advocate with only your interests in mind.

Is a PJC the best option?

A PJC (Prayer for Judgment Continued) or the "Driving School" is available for a motorist, but it may not be your best option.

The "PJC" is rarely worthwhile for a first-time offender. Many traffic tickets can be handled in a way that does not require you to spend hours at a Traffic School and to give up the ability to use a PJC later. Even if you go to the Driving School and get a PJC, your insurance company may still increase your premiums, even with a clean Drivers License Record.

Raleigh Traffic Ticket Attorney Wiley Nickel represents clients in cases involving a variety of traffic offenses:

•Speeding - tickets for Speeding in School or Work Zones, or Speeding to Elude Law Enforcement

•Reckless Driving (defined as "carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others" or "without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property")

•Passing a stopped school bus and other forms of Illegal Passing

•Drag racing/highway racing/street racing

•Hit and Run/Leaving the Scene of an Accident

•Unlawful racing or pre-arranged speed competition


When your case is important to you and experience counts!

Call 919-585-1486 or e-mail our Cary, NC office located in Wake County to schedule your consultation about an aggressive defense of your North Carolina traffic offense.


The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC

Raleigh-Wake County Criminal Defense Attorney.  Office conveniently located in Cary, NC near I-40.


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Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.