New Program Changes May Affect Wake County Teens

New Changes May Allow Many 16 and 17 year old students in Wake County to avoid adult criminal court.

North Carolina is one of two states that treat teens as young as 16 as adults when charged with a criminal offense. Last school year in Wake County, reports show that 48 percent of court referrals filed by law-enforcement officers assigned to schools were made to the adult criminal court system.

New Wake County Program

A new county-funded program may allow Wake County teenagers who commit less serious criminal offenses a chance to face the consequences for their actions without getting a criminal record. Wake County students would be diverted from adult criminal court to alternatives such as Teen Court and Mediation. Raleigh area students who successfully complete the program, which will come with treatment for behavioral issues, would not face criminal charges or have an arrest record on their file.

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Contact Raleigh Defense Attorney Wiley Nickel

If you are a parent of a 16 or 17 year old student and your child was charged with a criminal offense in Wake County North Carolina you can contact Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer Wiley Nickel for a free consultation at 919-585-1486 or by email at  We handle misdemeanor criminal cases in the Raleigh area including assault, larceny, drug possession and traffic citations.


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.