Can I Be Charged for Someone Else Drunk Driving?

Imagine that you have been drinking with a friend of yours, and you know that you can't drive. Your friend says that they can drive, and you give them the keys. Next thing you know, you've been pulled over with your friend, and the cop gives your friend and you citations. You look at your citation and it says that you have Aid and Abet DWI.

You're probably asking, "What is Aid and Abet DWI?" You weren't even driving the car, and you're still getting punished.

In North Carolina, the courts have held that a person who knowingly lets an intoxicated friend drive their car is just as guilty or responsible as the person driving, because the person is aware of the drunken state of the driver. So that means that if your friend is driving the car, after you've seen this friend drink, and then your friend drives the car that causes an accident or injury, you can be charged as well.

If you have questions regarding a recent charge of an Aid and Abet DWI, or about DWI laws in general, call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel for a FREE consultation at 1-(919)585-1486. You can also contact Attorney Kristi Haddock at or Wiley Nickel 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.