Raleigh Concert Criminal Charges: The Parking Lot

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Concerts are a big part of the entertainment scene in Wake County, North Carolina and bring large groups of people together. However, when all these people show up in one place, the police are often in the area and misdemeanor charges are often filed. There is a variety of charges that one could reasonably acquire while attending a show. The first part of any concert is figuring out the parking situation for the night, and there is no shortage of things that can go wrong in the lot.  Many police or officers from the NC Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) and other police agencies patrol the parking lots looking for violations. These Wake County Criminal Misdemeanor charges can include:

·    Underage Drinking

· Open Container

·    Marijuana Possession

·    Driving While Intoxicated

·    Drunk and Disorderly Conduct

Citations Issued at Concerts in the Raleigh Area
A report from NJ.com (New Jersey) showed that the highest number of citations at concerts were for

1. Disorderly conduct

2. Underage alcohol consumption.  

Some of these activities are well within the range of normal activity for teenagers. There are also lower standards of privacy while standing in a public place, and even just the smell of marijuana could prompt an officer to search your vehicle. Please be wary when attending a show, as law enforcement agents will be on the lookout for these crimes.  The good news for Wake County is that there are often good options for a dismissal of charges for first offenders but it’s important to contact Raleigh Concert Lawyer right away if you are charged with a crime at a concert venue in Wake County.

Top Concert Venues in Wake County

  • Lincoln Theater

  • The Ritz

  • Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

  • Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary

  • PNC Arena

  • Red Hat Amphitheater

  • Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Expungement of North Carolina Criminal Charges

If you are charged with a criminal misdemeanor or felony in North Carolina the charge will remain on your record unless you have it removed through the legal expungement process.  Even dismissed cases will follow you around forever unless you have the charges removed through the expungement process. Our North Carolina Expungement Lawyers will walk you through the process to have charges removed from your record (assuming eligibility) when we handle your case.  

Charged with a Wake County Misdemeanor in a Concert Venue Parking Lot?

If you are someone you know is charged with a concert related misdemeanor, please contact the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486 for free consultation. If your charged with anything from a DWI to a marijuana possession charge in the Raleigh-Durham area, don’t hesitate to call us for help. Our office is located in Cary, NC and we handle misdemeanor and low level felony charges issued by the police at concert venues in Wake County.

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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.

Misdemeanor Sentencing in North Carolina

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Have you been charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense in North Carolina? This article explains how sentencing works for misdemeanor criminal charges in NC. We’ll be breaking down the types of punishment that can stem as a result of a misdemeanor, the sentencing structure that goes along with it, as well as the class levels of convictions. Marijuana possession is an example of a common North Carolina misdemeanor charge.

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This chart uses a classification system based on

1. The seriousness of the crime

2. The number of prior convictions (crimes convicted for)

The chart guides the conviction for the type of sentencing (whether its active, intermediate, or community) as well as the length. Each misdemeanor is assigned to a class, which you can see on the left side of the chart (A1, 1, 2, and 3). Generally, the misdemeanor classes are based on the maximum punishment prescribed under the previous law.

Misdemeanor Class Law Before Structure Sentencing

Class 1: Punishable by more than six months up to two years

Class 2: Punishable by more than 30 days up to six months

Class 3: Punishable by 30 days or less  

*Note that the A1 class is an exception to this rule, as it is specifically for assault cases.  Here is a chart that shows the structure of A1 misdemeanors.

Below you’ll find a detailed description of the steps that are used to impose a misdemeanor sentencing.

1) Determine the offense class for each misdemeanor conviction.

2) Determine the prior conviction level for the offender.

3) Select a sentence length from the appropriate sentence range.

4) Select a sentence disposition from those authorized.

A. Impose an active punishment.

1) Activate the sentence length.

B. Impose an intermediate punishment.

1) Suspend the sentence length.

2) Impose supervised probation.

3) Impose one or more intermediate punishment.

4) Impose any appropriate community punishments.

C. Impose a community punishment.

1) Suspend the sentence length.

2) Impose probation and/or any other appropriate punishment.

Types of Punishment: Breakdown

Active: Requires offender to spend a specified time in local jail or state prison. Misdemeanants who face a 90 day or less sentence must serve their time in a local confinement facility (jail) Intermediate:  Requires a sentence of supervised probation. Some examples include special probation, drug treatment programs, house arrest, or intensive supervision.

Community: Any authorized punishment that is neither active or intermediate. A community punishment generally consists of a fine or a term of unsupervised (or supervised) probation. Here are all the different forms of community punishment.

1. Any authorized condition of probation (except those defined as intermediate punishments)

2. Outpatient drug/alcohol treatment

3. Community service

4. Referral to T.A.S.C. (Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities)

5. Restitution

6. Fines

If you have any questions or have been charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense, please call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free consultation at (919) 585-1486. Attorney Wiley Nickel can also be reached by email at wiley@wileynickel.com. Our office is located in Cary, NC and we handle misdemeanor criminal charges in Wake County and Durham County, NC.

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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.

Marijuana Charges in Raleigh

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It's easy enough to argue how misguided the "War on Drugs" is. When talking about marijuana in North Carolina, it's that much easier. Cannabis grows on a plant, and can be used unaltered by man. Its negative physiological effects are mild, and it certainly poses no greater threat to society than alcohol or tobacco.

Yet our federal and most state governments have chosen to make the mere possession of pot or weed illegal, with even greater penalties for its sale and cultivation. Trafficking marijuana can lead to mandatory minimum prison time and millions of dollars in fees. As a result of our government's crackdown on this harmless plant, great harm has befallen many, and may come to you if you face any kind of marijuana charge.

Raleigh Marijuana Lawyer

At The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC, we fight for the rights of those facing any kind of charge involving marijuana. An experienced and skilled Raleigh marijuana defense lawyer can be on your side during this stressful time. We will challenge the prosecution's assertions, arguing to suppress illegally gotten or otherwise inadmissible evidence.

We will work to have your charges reduced or dropped. Often we can work on dismissal deals in exchange for drug classes for first offenders. Call us today at (919) 585-1486 to set up a free consultation.

Raleigh Drug Diversion Program

Some first-time marijuana offenders may be eligible for a diversion program offered in Raleigh. Under the diversion program, you are granted a dismissal in exchange for taking drug classes. If you complete the drug classes, stay out of trouble for six months and pay the costs, the charges are dismissed.

Prosecutors agree to programs on a case-by-case basis. Your lawyer can help negotiate for your acceptance into the program, should you decide it is your best option.

The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC | Raleigh Marijuana Arrest Attorney

If you face any kind of marijuana charges, have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. We fight for the rights of those facing marijuana charges at The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC. A Wake County marijuana lawyer from The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC will fight to suppress evidence and seek to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed. Call us today at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation. Our office is conveniently located in Cary, NC.

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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.

Marijuana Possession Defense Attorney: Raleigh, NC

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Marijuana is a controlled substance in North Carolina and being charged with possession or intent to sell it can greatly impact your future educational and employment opportunities. At the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, we focus on misdemeanor drug charges.  We have a proven track record of success when dealing with marijuana charges and our criminal defense lawyers know how to properly defend your rights in court.

Contact our Wake County criminal defense attorneys for advice on what to do about your drug and marijuana charges. You can be confident that you have an experienced and dedicated team protecting your interests and providing you with competent answers to all of your drug offense related questions.

Our Raleigh lawyers fight marijuana charges routinely. The main issue the prosecution is concerned about in most cases is the amount of marijuana in the accused's possession at the time of the charge. The more marijuana you are charged with, the greater the punishments can be.

No matter what amount of marijuana was in your possession, we will investigate the matter and analyze all of your defense options. You can rely on our team of criminal defense lawyers to provide you with a solid defense to your drug charges.

Participating in substance abuse classes pursuant to N.C. General Statute 90-96 can give you a second chance in North Carolina. Drug Classes can enable us to have your charges completely dismissed, and then allowing you to have all of your public records erased through the expungement process. We will inform of you whether or not you qualify for this program and guide you through the entire substance abuse assessment process.

We also provide dedicated criminal defense counsel to those who have multiple drug charges on their record. Having multiple charges could disqualify you for drug treatment classes and increase your criminal punishments such as probation, jail time and fines.

Whether you have been charged with marijuana possession or drug trafficking, we have the knowledge and skills required to assist you. We offer reasonable fees. Payment plans are available and credit cards are accepted. Contact a criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free initial consultation. Our office is located in Cary 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.