What to Do if You Have Received Your First Traffic Ticket in North Carolina


If you have received your first traffic ticket ever in North Carolina, don’t panic – getting pulled over happens to the best of us. Many traffic tickets can be taken care of quickly by an attorney without you ever having to appear in court.

When you were pulled over and issued a traffic citation, the officer may have told you when you need to appear in court. If he did not, you can find this date on the ticket. You or your attorney MUST appear for this court date. On this court date, you or your attorney will speak with the assistant district attorney about your options. You may have the option to have the charges reduced or even dismissed, but often you must know what to ask for.

Here, it may be much easier to let an attorney do this for you. Attorneys Wiley Nickel and Kristi Haddock can go to your court date for you so you don’t have to miss work and worry about parking in downtown Raleigh. Call The Law Office of Wiley Nickel at (919) 585-1486 to speak to an attorney about how we can help you get the best result. This could include lower fines, avoiding points on your license, and not having your car insurance rates increase.   


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.