Charged with DWI? What now?

Have you been arrested for a DWI charge? Have you had more than one DWI charge? A conviction of driving while impaired not only carries the stigma of a criminal conviction but also fines up to $10,000, potential jail time up to 3 years, and a license suspension for a year or more. Repeated offenses result in higher penalties.

Say that after a night out, you get pulled over by the police. You’ve only had one or two drinks and feel that you are below the legal limit. The police tell you that they suspect that you are driving while impaired, and order you out of the car. Can the police order you out of your car? Yes, they can. If the police have reasonable suspicion to believe that you have violated a traffic law, the police are allowed to order you to leave your car. The police can then ask that you perform a series of Standard Field Sobriety Tests.

These tests are designed to help police determine if someone appears to be impaired, but what if your balance isn’t great? The police may then arrest you, and charge you with DWI. The first thing you should do is call an experienced attorney, to make sure that you have the best chance to fight back.

Being arrested or charged with a DWI can be a confusing and scary time for anyone. You will probably have several more questions like: What happens next? What happens to my license? What types of fines or penalties am I facing? Am I going to jail? Do my prescription drugs affect DWI tests?

Attorneys Wiley Nickel and Kristi Haddock are knowledgeable North Carolina DWI lawyers who will answer your questions and represent your interests from start to finish. Whether you need help with DMV hearings, assistance obtaining a limited driving privilege in North Carolina, defense against criminal charges, or all of the above, the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC.  is here for you.

Don’t wait, call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC. at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation. The office is located in Cary, NC. You can also reach Attorney Kristi Haddock and Wiley Nickel directly by email at or


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.