Charged with Assault? You Could Lose Your Gun Rights

It is common knowledge that you can lose your gun rights if you are convicted of a felony charge. However, the Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled, in Viosine v. United States, that persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence charges cannot buy or possess firearms. This means if you are charged with Simple Assault, or Assault on a Female, or any other misdemeanor crime of domestic violence your gun rights may be in jeopardy.

It is not immediately clear how this will affect misdemeanor domestic violence convictions in North Carolina. However, considering the current gun-control climate in our society, it is likely that more strict laws regarding gun control are on the horizon. So, if you are charged with a crime of domestic violence we advise that you seek the help of an experienced assault attorney.

If you were charged with Simple Assault, Assault on a Female or any other crime of domestic violence, contact our attorneys Kristi Haddock and Wiley Nickel for a free consultation. They will zealously fight for your rights and will help you prevent the potential negative consequences of a conviction. Call us at 919-585-1486, or email Kristi Haddock at Our office is centrally located in Cary, North Carolina near interstate 40 and Harrison Avenue.


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.