What is the 90-96 Program?

Were you charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, underage drinking or another alcohol or drug offense? If so, you might be eligible for a first time offender program called 90-96.

In North Carolina, there is a law that allows courts to defer prosecution of alcohol and drug offenses for first time offenders. This is called the 90-96 program, because it comes from the North Carolina General Statues Section 90-96. 

Courts are not required to allow participation in the program, but often an attorney may work the deal out with a prosecutor if you are a first-time offender. As a part of the 90-96 program the court will require that you sign an admission of guilt, and you will be required to attend alcohol/drug classes. So long as you complete the required classes, pay the required fees and otherwise abide by the conditions of 90-96 your case will be dismissed. The 90-96 program is a great option for first time offenders since it offers certainty about your case. If you are charged for a second time, you might still qualify for the program depending on your prior charges.

What happens after my case is dismissed? After your case is dismissed your case may be expunged. An expungement clears all records of the charge. You may want an expungement to prevent negative treatment by potential employers and school admissions.

If you were charged with an alcohol or drug offense and would like to learn more about this program, or would like help getting this deal, call the attorneys at The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC at 919-585-1486. Attorney Kristi Haddock and attorney Wiley Nickel are available for free consultations. Our office is conveniently located in Cary, NC near I-40.


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.