When to Seek Legal Representation for a Traffic Ticket


A traffic ticket may seem like a simple offense, but this simple offense can carry with it large fines, suspension or revocation of your license, and increased insurance rates.  In North Carolina it is generally not required that a driver have legal representation for a petty traffic offense, such as a simple speeding ticket or expired registration. However, retaining an attorney enables the driver to have help dealing with this stressful situation and ensures that the traffic ticket is resolved in the most favorable manner for both your license and your insurance.

Legal representation may also save you a trip to court and the hours of time that often accompany a court appearance. For many traffic citations, a waiver of appearance will allow one of our attorneys to go to court on your behalf. Meaning, that if you received a traffic citation while travelling in Wake or Chatham county hiring one of our attorneys will save you a trip back. It is important to note that paying a traffic ticket, including paying online, is an admission of guilt and can lead to unforeseen consequences.

The situation regarding traffic citations becomes more important for commercial drivers, including commercial truck drivers. Commercial driving licenses (CDL) are subject to stricter and more severe license consequences than standard operators. CDL holders must ensure that the stricter consequences for their traffic tickets do not interfere with their ability to continue holding a CDL.

Our attorneys at The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC are happy to help anyone seeking effective and knowledgeable representation for assistance with Wake county traffic tickets. You can reach attorneys Kristi Haddock and Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation.  Our office is located in Cary, NC at 2401 Weston Parkway near the I-40 exit at Harrison Avenue.


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.