Do I Have to Get Interlock if I Have a DWI?

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If you have been convicted of a DWI in North Carolina, you may be required to get Interlock installed in your vehicle before you are allowed to drive again. Interlock is a device that requires the user to blow into a tube. The user will not be allowed to start the car unless the device registers no alcohol on the user’s breath. Furthermore, the user must be the one convicted of the DWI – it is against the law to have someone else blow!

If you have recently been arrested for a DWI in Wake County, you need to know your rights and how to best handle your case so you can still drive for work. In some cases, you will not need to have Interlock installed to have a limited driving privilege. Under current North Carolina law, Interlock is required if you are convicted with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or greater, or have been convicted of a second DWI offense. Contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at (919) 585-1486 to talk to an attorney about how we can help you with your DWI case in Wake County.

The State of North Carolina has the burden to prove that you were driving while intoxicated beyond the legal limit. Having an experienced attorney on your side may help you receive the best outcome for your case. Email us at wiley@wileynickel.com for a free consultation about your DWI case. 

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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.

Back to College and Underage Drinking: Let Us Help Keep Your Record Clean

As students head back to college at NC State, Wake County will see a surge in underage drinking tickets and possession of marijuana charges.

Every year college students fill the parking lot at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh without realizing that alcohol law enforcement agents are working undercover at the tailgate parties. If you are charged with possession/consumption of alcohol while under the age of 21 or possession of marijuana, call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC.

Let us help you save time and money -- we may be able to help you get the charge dismissed and expunged from your record with only one trip to court. Keeping your record clean will be essential as you plan and prepare for life after college.

If you are charged with alcohol or drug possession you may also receive notice of disciplinary action by the NC State Student Conduct Board. We can help you prevent negative consequences such as suspension or expulsion.

Call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC today for a free consultation with attorneys Kristi Haddock or Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486, or e-mail Kristi Haddock directly at Kristi@wileynickel.com. Our office is conveniently located near Interstate 40 and Harrison Avenue in Cary, NC. We handle matters throughout Wake County, including in Apex, Raleigh, Holly Springs, and Knightdale. 

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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.

Get your license back after multiple DWI Convictions in North Carolina

If you are convicted of a second North Carolina DWI within 3 years, you face a 4 year suspension of your driver’s license, as mandated by the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, after 2 years you qualify for a discretionary restoration hearing. The hearing process is quiet lengthy, and when your license is suspended every day counts!

First, ahead of your eligibility date (2 years since your conviction), you may request a “pre-hearing interview.” At this pre-hearing meeting you and your attorney will meet with DMV officer to review what is expected before the restoration hearing is scheduled.

After your pre-hearing interview, you will have a short 90 days to get an FBI background check, a substance abuse evaluation conducted by a certified evaluator who is on the recommended DMV list, get applicable criminal background checks and DMV records, and solidify at least 3 witnesses willing to testify at your restoration hearing.

Once the DMV officer receives all of the required paperwork, a hearing date will be set. At the hearing you must have at least 3 witnesses who will testify on your behalf.  These witnesses are very important to the process and need to be fully prepared for the questioning.

Attorney’s Kristi Haddock and Wiley Nickel are ready to guide you through this process. When your ability to drive is at stake, you cannot afford to cut corners. Call our office for a free consultation today at 919-585-1486.  Our office is located in Cary, North Carolina.

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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.

North Carolina DWI Myths & Bad Advice

You’ve likely heard the different myths and urban legends about avoiding a driving while under the influence offense: putting a penny under your tongue will disrupt the Breathalyzer; gum will hide the odor of alcohol; if a cop doesn’t wear his hat the charge is invalid. Are any of these true?

 

 

    No, they are not. You cannot beat a DWI by eating peanut butter, by asking to see the officer’s badge, or by drinking mouthwash. In fact, many of these can actually hurt you. For example, if you are pulled over for drinking under the influence and it is obvious to the officer that you recently popped a mint or piece of gum, this could be a factor considered if the officer decides to arrest you for driving while intoxicated.

 

    There are methods that can help you beat a DWI though. If you are stopped for a DWI in North Carolina, you have the right to refuse roadside standard field sobriety tests, such as the walk-and-turn and the one-legged stand. You are even allowed to refuse the portable breathalyzer test (PBT) given by your car at the road-side. However, do know that if you refuse the actual breathalyzer test given at the police station or refuse to give blood, your license will automatically be suspended for one year.

 

    If you are pulled over and charged with a DWI in Wake County, North Carolina, contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC, to talk to us about your case. We can be reached in Cary, NC at (919) 585-1486 or you can contact DWI Lawyer Wiley Nickel directly at wiley@wileynickel.com.

 

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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.

Underage Drinking Penalties

      Do I need a lawyer?

       In most cases, getting charged with an underage drinking ticket could result in fines, probation, loss of license and possibly jail time. Additionally, the offender can be held responsible for anyone under the age of 21 they have given alcohol to.  For many the real damage is the effect a charge has on one’s reputation in terms of school applications, rental housing rejections and most importantly for background checks as part of the employment process.

      How can we help?

       You may be eligible for a deferral program that would lead to a dismissal and then an expungement as long as you have no previous criminal convictions, have never participated in a deferral program, and have been charged with one of the following charges: misdemeanor possession of alcohol under the age of 21, possession of false identification, aiding and abetting underage possession of alcohol or selling alcohol or tobacco to minors.

       A lawyer could help to get the charges reduced or dismissed. You may have to perform community service or take alcohol classes in order to secure a dismissal

       Finally, a lawyer can help to get the charges removed by way of the expungement process.  Even if the case is dismissed a record remains visible to the public forever unless it’s expunged.

- Wake County Underage Drinking Lawyer

Contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel for a free consultation.  We will walk you through the process and explain your options.  Our office is in Cary, North Carolina and we can be reached at 919-585-1486.

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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.