North Carolina DWI Myths & Bad Advice

You’ve likely heard the different myths and urban legends about avoiding a driving while under the influence offense: putting a penny under your tongue will disrupt the Breathalyzer; gum will hide the odor of alcohol; if a cop doesn’t wear his hat the charge is invalid. Are any of these true?



    No, they are not. You cannot beat a DWI by eating peanut butter, by asking to see the officer’s badge, or by drinking mouthwash. In fact, many of these can actually hurt you. For example, if you are pulled over for drinking under the influence and it is obvious to the officer that you recently popped a mint or piece of gum, this could be a factor considered if the officer decides to arrest you for driving while intoxicated.


    There are methods that can help you beat a DWI though. If you are stopped for a DWI in North Carolina, you have the right to refuse roadside standard field sobriety tests, such as the walk-and-turn and the one-legged stand. You are even allowed to refuse the portable breathalyzer test (PBT) given by your car at the road-side. However, do know that if you refuse the actual breathalyzer test given at the police station or refuse to give blood, your license will automatically be suspended for one year.


    If you are pulled over and charged with a DWI in Wake County, North Carolina, contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC, to talk to us about your case. We can be reached in Cary, NC at (919) 585-1486 or you can contact DWI Lawyer Wiley Nickel directly at



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.