Craft Beers and DWIs

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Craft beers have become increasingly popular, and have spread all throughout the triangle. While these breweries have helped to establish a new aspect of local culture, craft beers are often brewed with higher ABV (alcohol by volume). Many craft beers range from 5-10% ABV, but some craft beers can have ABV well over 10-20%. 

To understand how strong this alcoholic beverage is, compare that to a Budweiser Select, which has 2.5% ABV. This means that one craft beer can have the same amount of alcohol as 3 or 4 cans of a regular beer. While these craft beers can be enjoyable, and you are certainly allowed to drink if you are of age, there is a distinct risk that you can be pulled over for a DWI if you have had only one craft beer and decide to drive. 

If you have any questions about DWIs or have received a citation for DWI, call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486. You may also email the attorneys directly by emailing Kristi Haddock and Wiley Nickel at and, respectively.


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.