New N.C. Laws Effective 2015 That Can Affect You

New N.C. Laws Effective 2015 That Can Affect You

The Summaries of Substantive Ratified Legislation, published by the Research Division N.C. General Assembly in November 2014, outlines upcoming changes to North Carolina law that will become current on January 1st, 2015.  Here are a few which might affect you in the New Year:

Background Checks:

The state of North Carolina will require background checks for Firefighters and Emergency Service Personnel – including those within these categories that serve in volunteer positions.  This means that possible charges on your criminal record may keep you from holding such rescue service positions.

S.L. 2014-27, Secs. 1 and 2 authorize criminal history checks for those individuals that wish to serve in a paid or a volunteer position with either a fire department or an emergency medical service.             (NCLEG Ch. 13: Labor and Employment: pg. 105)

For a free consultation on expunging your N.C. criminal record, or for more information on changes to North Carolina Law and how they can affect you, please call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC today at (919) 948-7159

Driving While Impaired:

Those convicted of misdemeanors, including DWIs, and are sentenced to imprisonment or probation will complete their sentence in an approved local confinement facility – a jail, rather than a prison, regardless of the length of sentence. 

S.L. 2014-100, Sec. 16C.1 eliminates the serving of misdemeanant sentences in the State prison system, and requires them to be served in a local confinement facility.                                                                 (NCLEG Ch. 6: Courts, Justice, and Corrections: pg. 17)

If you have been charged with a DWI in Wake County, or would like more information on changes to North Carolina Law and how they can affect you, please call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC today at (919)-948-7159.


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.