How to Dress for Court in Wake County?

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When visiting the Wake County courthouse for a North Carolina Felony or North Carolina Misdemeanor, it can be quite the intimidating experience. One of the first things that you should be considering when attending a court date should be “What is appropriate to wear?” Being well dressed is only going to be beneficial when appearing in front of a judge. Some smaller counties the way you dress is going to be crucial for your case. However, in Wake County the dress code is a bit less strict. If you are hesitant about what your wearing or unsure on if it is appropriate or modest enough, the answer is likely no.

Recommended Wardrobe


●       Business casual attire

●       Polo shirt

●       Khakis

●       Button up dress shirt

●       Dress shoes

●       Tucked in shirt

Showing up in nice attire showcases to the judge that you made an effort to look presentable. As well as the fact that you are taking the charge seriously.


●       Dress suit/business casual attire

●       Conservative Dress Shoes


Modesty is key, as it shows respect to the Judge and District Attorney who will make decisions about your case.

Not Recommended


●       No flip flops

●       No jeans with holes

●       No T-Shirts

●       No hats


●       No Low cut skirts

●       No open toed shoes

●       Don’t over accessorize (no excessive jewelry)

●       No bare midriff


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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 Wake County Criminal Defense Lawyer contact 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.