Mitigating Circumstances for Criminal Charges in NC

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Mitigating Factors also referred to as extenuating circumstances are any piece of information regarding the defendant in a criminal court case that might result in a reduced or lesser sentence. 

Whatever your situation may be, make sure you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. You want to give yourself the best opportunity to walk away from your charge with the minimum punishment possible. At the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel our experienced defense attorneys will work tirelessly in order to properly defend your rights.

Mitigating Factors in NC

North Carolina recognizes many circumstances that can mitigate one's charges, with a judge’s discretion. Here are some of the most common factors. 

  • Reasonably believed that his or her conduct was legal

  • Acted under strong provocation

  • Has testified for the prosecution in the prosecution of someone else’s felony, or aided in their capture

  • Has been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces

  • Supports his or her family

  • Has a support system within the community

  • Is gainfully employed or has a positive employment history

  • Has accepted responsibility for the offense

  • Had significantly reduced culpability for the offense because of his or her age, immaturity or limited mental capacity

  • Committed the offense under threat, coercion or duress that was insufficient to be able to claim it as a defense

  • Was a passive participant or minor player in the commission of the offense

  • Made substantial or total restitution to the victim

Law Firm Located in Raleigh, NC

Our main office is located at 2401 Weston Parkway in Cary, NC off exit 287. 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 misdemeanor criminal charges and low level felony charges in Wake County. We strongly advise talking with 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 Wake County Criminal Defense 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.