Underage Drinking Penalties

      Do I need a lawyer?

       In most cases, getting charged with an underage drinking ticket could result in fines, probation, loss of license and possibly jail time. Additionally, the offender can be held responsible for anyone under the age of 21 they have given alcohol to.  For many the real damage is the effect a charge has on one’s reputation in terms of school applications, rental housing rejections and most importantly for background checks as part of the employment process.

      How can we help?

       You may be eligible for a deferral program that would lead to a dismissal and then an expungement as long as you have no previous criminal convictions, have never participated in a deferral program, and have been charged with one of the following charges: misdemeanor possession of alcohol under the age of 21, possession of false identification, aiding and abetting underage possession of alcohol or selling alcohol or tobacco to minors.

       A lawyer could help to get the charges reduced or dismissed. You may have to perform community service or take alcohol classes in order to secure a dismissal

       Finally, a lawyer can help to get the charges removed by way of the expungement process.  Even if the case is dismissed a record remains visible to the public forever unless it’s expunged.

- Wake County Underage Drinking Lawyer

Contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel for a free consultation.  We will walk you through the process and explain your options.  Our office is in Cary, North Carolina 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.