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.

Hire an attorney before you are charged, and take control of your charges.

Were you involved in an altercation that you fear will lead to criminal charges? We can help you prevent criminal charges from being filed. At The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, our criminal defense attorneys are here to help you regardless of the stage of your case. If a co-worker, neighbor or family member is threatening to press charges, we can help. If police officers have stopped by your home or work to question you, we can help.

When criminal charges are looming, you must act fast. We will call the local police department, or sheriff’s office to investigate the allegations against you. In some instances, we can prevent charges from ever being brought. If charges are filed against you, we can help control if and when you are arrested. There is nothing more embarrassing than being arrested at work, and nothing less convenient than being arrested in the middle of the night. Let us help you work with the police from the beginning to make your experience with the legal system as smooth as possible.

Call our attorneys, Wiley Nickel and Kristi Haddock, for a free consultation.

 

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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.

What Happens When I Call The Police for a Domestic Violence Matter in Wake County?

Many of our clients are caught up in a system that generally always arrests someone when (1) police are called to a home for a report of domestic violence and (2) there was a very minor scuffle involving a minor injury.  Most people are very surprised to find out that an arrest and then possible 48 hour hold in jail are possible when there is a domestic dispute involving injuries that can be as minor as redness on an arm or a small scratch mark on an arm.

System is Un-Fair to Female Victims

Many of our clients are females who are arrested for domestic violence.  In many cases they are the one who called the police to their home over an incident of domestic violence.  Because the police generally arrest someone when they arrive at a home based on a domestic violence call (and there is some type of minor injury) many female clients are shocked to find out they are the ones who get arrested.  The police will generally arrest someone if they can see a visible injury or one party admits to pushing or pulling the other.  A visible injury could be as small as a scratch on an arm, redness from arm grabbing or simply a statement that someone pushed the other person.  The system is especially unfair to women because they often defend themselves by scratching.  On the flip side a man might be more likely to push or punch a female and a bruise from that assault would not show up for several hours.  So when the police arrive and see no visible injuries on the female and a minor defensive scratch mark on the male it often ends up being the female who is arrested.

Do Not Speak to Police Without An Attorney Present

The main advice we can give is not to speak to the police without a lawyer present.  Many of our clients end up making admissions to criminal assault during an initial encounter with an officer.  If you are under suspicion of criminal assault or domestic violence you should not answer questions without first speaking to a lawyer.

Raleigh Assault Defense Lawyer Wiley Nickel

Our legal team is focused on providing counsel for matters of criminal law. Attorney Wiley Nickel and Attorney Kristi Haddock put all of their resources, skills, and knowledge to work in defending your case. They places the highest value on providing personalized representation, as well as ensuring that our clients feel confident and comfortable throughout the process. You can trust your assault case to the effective and dedicated attorney The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel.  Our office is located in Cary, NC and we handle criminal defense matters for Wake County.  Please call us at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation or message Attorney 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.

Not Eligible for an expungement? A certificate of relief might help!

Many people who seek to have records of their charges expunged do not fit into the narrow categories available to have their charges expunged.  If a criminal conviction is preventing you from gaining employment or hurting you in some other way a "certificate of relief" could be the thing to get you moving forward with your life.  Call to speak with an attorney at the law offices of Wiley Nickel at 919-585-486 for a free consultation to see if a certificate of relief can help where an expungement cannot help.

The basic requirements for relief, contained in new G.S. 15A-173.2 for a "certificate of relief" are as follows:

  1. The person must have been convicted of no more than two Class G, H, or I felonies or misdemeanors in one session of court and have no other convictions for a felony or misdemeanor other than a traffic violation.
  2. The person must petition the court in which the convictions occurred (District or Superior Court)
  3. The person must establish certain matters by a preponderance of the evidence, including that twelve months have passed since the person completed his or her sentence, that the person is engaged in or is seeking to engage in a lawful occupation or activity, and that the person has no criminal charges pending.

If granted, a certificate of relief applies to two types of collateral consequences: “collateral sanctions,” defined as a penalty, disability, or disqualification imposed by operation of law, such as a mandatory bar on obtaining a license for a particular occupation; and “disqualifications,” defined as a penalty that an agency, official, or court may impose based on the conviction, such as a discretionary bar on an occupational license. A certificate of relief relieves the person of all automatic “collateral sanctions” except for those listed in new G.S. 15A-173.3 (for example, sex offender registration requirements and firearm disqualifications); those imposed by the North Carolina Constitution or federal law (for example, the state constitutional ban on holding the office of sheriff if previously convicted of a felony and the federal bans on federally-assisted housing and food stamp benefits for certain convictions); and those specifically excluded in the certificate. A certificate of relief does not bar an entity from imposing a discretionary “disqualification” based on the conviction, but the entity may consider the certificate favorably in deciding whether to impose the disqualification. A certificate of relief also does not result in an expunction or pardon of the conviction; a person must use other mechanisms, if available for the conviction in question, to obtain those forms of relief.

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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.