NC DMV Hearing Attorney 

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In the state of North Carolina, the DMV has the authority to suspend your license without a preliminary hearing. However, you may be fortunate enough to be able to attend a hearing to have your driving privileges reinstated. It is strongly advised that an experienced DMV Attorney handles your case, as that will significantly improve your chances at getting your license back. 

At the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel no matter what type of hearing you have, our experienced DMV attorneys know how help prepare you and fight to  reinstate you driving privileges. We will work tirelessly in order to defend your driving record and make sure you walk away with a driving privilege or your license back. 

Types of DMV Hearings

There are a few different types of DMV hearings one could obtain. 

  • DMV Medical Hearing: Your license can be revoked as a result of a medical condition, such as diabetes or epilepsy. If you can obtain a DMV medical hearing and prove that you will be a safe and responsible driver, then your license may be reinstated. 

  • Driving While License Revoked Hearing: After three or more moving violations, the DMV will revoke your license permanently. In actuality, it will result in revocation for three to four years and the opportunity to have limited driving privileges after two years.

  • DWI Restoration Hearing: In the state of North Carolina, your DMV charge could be over a number of things. Anything from a speeding ticket to a serious DWI, in most situations you should be able to obtain a restoration hearing after a certain amount of time has passed. When you do, make sure an experienced attorney is by your side.

  • DWI Refusal Hearing: When you receive your license, you agree to take a chemical test if faced with a DWI charge. There are serious penalties for refusing to take the test. DMV refusal hearings are tricky, but can be won if there can be sufficient evidence showing that you did not refuse the test. 

Consequences to Multiple DWI’s

First DWI: After your first conviction of DWI your driver’s license is automatically revoked for one year.  Typically your attorney will be able to get you a limited driving privilege in court after your plead guilty or are found guilty for your first offense. 

Second DWI: Being convicted of a second DWI in the state of NC will result in a four year loss of your license. However, with the help of an attorney, there is hope to have a restoration hearing after two years. You must have completed a substance abuse program and shown significant steps of improvement. 

Third DWI: If all the charges are within 10 years, then your license is permanently revoked. There is an opportunity for a restoration hearing after some time has passed.

Habitual Offender: After your fourth accident, you are considered a habitual offender. This will generally result in maximum fines, punishment, and incarceration time for any offense. 

Law Firm Located in Raleigh, NC

Our main office is located at 2401 Weston Parkway in Cary, NC off exit 289. However, we also have another location at 6220 Angus Drive, Suite 105, Raleigh, NC. 

The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC 

At The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel we handle Raleigh DMV cases as well as misdemeanor criminal charges and low level felony charges in Wake County. We strongly advise talking an attorney to discuss your possible options and to ensure your charges are handled in an appropriate manner. If you are looking for a criminal defense lawyer or a Raleigh DMV Lawyer contact Attorney Wiley Nickel, Kristi Haddock, or Melissa Botiglione at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation.


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.