Think You've Got it?? "I'll Just Represent Myself Without a Lawyer" Bad Idea.

Think you’ve got it??  “I’ll just represent myself without a lawyer.”  Bad Idea.

Lots of people think that some criminal charges are just small infractions that don’t really matter.  They want to just “pay the ticket.”  What they’re really saying is that they don’t want to pay for an attorney.  This is a terrible decision.  In Wake County, the District Attorneys are well-trained prosecutors.  Walking into a courtroom and pleading guilty just to “get it over with” can have lasting implications.  You can easily be put on probation (supervised or unsupervised) or many other disciplinary actions that the Judge has at his or her disposal. 

You need a defense attorney!  This is important.  The Wake County DA’s job is NOT to help you.  The Wake County DA’s job is to prosecute you in a court of law.  Anything you say to them can be used against you.  You need an attorney that will be there as your legal representation. A lawyer who knows your rights and can defend you accordingly. 

Criminal defense in Wake County is a tough job.  But anyone wanting to “defend themselves” is in for a shock.  Decisions like that can prevent you in the future from getting jobs, getting admitted to schools and getting rental housing/apartments.  A guilty plea by just “paying a ticket” can stay on your record forever and you could be explaining why you have a criminal conviction to prospective employers in the future.

Do NOT waive your right to an attorney without consulting a Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney first.  Call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free consultation of your case and protect yourself with the right representation.  Our office is located in Cary, NC and we can be reached at 919-585-1486.  


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.