NC DWI / DUI, Criminal Defense, and Traffic Lawyers


At Minick Law, you don’t just hire an attorney. You hire a defense team.

At Minick Law, our attorneys take pride in aggressive criminal defense. We know that being arrested for DWI or charged with a crime is one of the most embarrassing and scary situations you will ever experience.   We are here to help.

Our mission is to provide clients with the information they need to make educated and informed decisions about their case. With offices located in Asheville, Charlotte, Gastonia, Waynesville, and Wilmington, our attorneys are standing by to help.

DWI / DUI, Criminal Defense, and Traffic Lawyers in Asheville, Charlotte, Gastonia, Waynesville and Wilmington NC.

DWI / DUI Defense

Your Rights

Our DWI lawyers will explain your rights and the strengths and weaknesses in your DWI case.  

Being charged in North Carolina with driving while impaired (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) can mean jail time, court fines, loss of driving privileges, increased insurance rates, employment consequences, and financial uncertainty.

These issues are magnified by the fact that North Carolina DWI/ DUI law is one of the most complex areas of criminal law in the State of North Carolina.

In order to prepare a thorough defense to your DWI charge, it is important to know how police officers and district attorneys investigate and prosecute DWI cases.

Our DWI attorneys are required to attend the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) course on DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. This is a three day (24 hours) course taught to police officers when they are being trained in charging DWIs. We regularly attend conferences and training related to North Carolina’s DWI laws.

James Minick winning this case helps the entire community and I would recommend anyone to go see James Minick…He’s trained in the same things that the officers are certified in so he knows DWI law.

Aileen Pearlman

DWI - Not Guilty

The testimonials and endorsements listed do not reflect all of the feedback the firm has received. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its individual merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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Criminal Defense Lawyers

Did the police have the right to stop my car? Pat me down? Ask me questions? Search my house? Our Constitution was designed to make sure that our police follow certain procedures when obtaining evidence or making an arrest. There is an enormous amount of U.S. Supreme Court case law on the topic of search and seizure and your Fourth Amendment rights.

Being arrested, placed in handcuffs, or sitting in the back of a police car is embarrassing and terrifying. Make sure your rights are protected. 

Minick Law is a criminal defense law firm.

In order to best serve our clients, our attorneys concentrate in criminal defense. Being a criminal defense firm, allows us to take a team approach to your case. The State of North Carolina sometimes seems to have limitless time and resources available to prosecute your case.

We have taken the two heads are better than one approach to defending you and our attorneys work together regularly to stay cutting edge on the nuances of criminal law.

I felt prepared, and informed

Thank you Minick Law for making what I thought to be a horrible situation as easy as possible. After working with your team I felt prepared, and informed. I truly feel that your expertise, knowledge and familiarity made a difference in the outcome of my case.

Jennifer Arellano

can best be described as excellent

My experience with Minick Law can best be described as excellent. I received optimum results in my case with much attentiveness to my questions and concerns. From my attorney, James Minick, to the office staff, I can only say thank you, and job well done!

Kelly Amundsen

exceeds the expectations of a law firm

Minick Law exceeds the expectations of a law firm and demonstrates many outstanding professional qualities. Of these qualities, three really stand out: high level expertise, honesty, and excellent communication. Thank you all for your superior work!

Eric Reitzel

extremely courteous and professional

Absolutely fantastic law firm. They had my ticket squared before my court date and were extremely courteous and professional every time I spoke to anyone in the firm. I could not recommend Lance Williams and Minick Law more highly.

Amanda Chaffin

helpful and informative throughout

….Mr. Krulikas was very helpful and informative throughout the whole process! He was always quick to respond to me questions, emails, and phone calls. His services are very reasonably priced in comparison with other attorneys. He answered my questions without pressuring me to hire him, which is what helped in the decision to hire him! He assisted my daughter and I in getting the best possible outcome! I highly recommend his services!

Danette Stickle

Thank you!

I cannot emphasize how helpful Minick Law Firm was and has been to our family. From the friendly, efficient receptionist to the expert legal help, we could not have been happier. The outcome for us was beyond what we could have hoped for and we attribute it to the experience and dedication of James Minick and his team. Thank You!

Kathy Hober

Traffic Ticket Lawyers

Speeding tickets and traffic infractions may seem like minor matters, but they can have serious implications on your license and insurance. The relationship between the criminal court system and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is complicated and the impact that your ticket can have on your driving privileges is of the utmost importance.

Generally, a conviction or finding of responsibility in the courtroom will cause the traffic charge to be notated on your driving record with the DMV. This DMV driving record is one of the primary tools that insurance companies use to set rates related to your auto insurance policies.

During our consultation we will try to determine the consequences that could result from your traffic citation and create a plan for minimizing the impact the ticket will have on your life and pocket book.

There are many possible ways to reduce the impact of driving charge, some through the District Attorney’s Office, some in the form of judicial relief, and some that are opportunities offered through the DMV. We take your driving privilege seriously and we treat your case that way.

How We Can Help

Effectively navigating a criminal charge and its consequences begins with planning. During our initial consultation we want to learn about the details of your case and the impact the charge is having on your life, so that we can provide sound advice on your next steps.

We will work together to create a detailed Action Plan on your case. This Action Plan will give you a to do list and explain how we plan to proceed as your attorney. Getting the best result on your case means having the best information when making important decisions.

Aggressive Criminal Defense. Client Focused Service.

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Great firm. Wonderful and rare attorneys.
We could use a million more just like them.

David H.

If attorneys are going to be this compassionate and nice I am going to have to stop telling attorney jokes.

Hilary S.

All questions were answered in a timely, respectful, and friendly manner. The firm's attorneys are devoted and their areas of expertise are far-ranging. This firm is top-notch!

William R.

...I had a note to myself on my calendar to follow up with their office, however, before that date came, they contacted ME, had successfully taken care of my traffic offense and sent me confirmation in the mail...

J. Nelson

This Law Firm really knows how to get the job done!...All the Attorney's here are very professional and easy to deal with. I highly recommend The Minick Law Firm for any of your needs. Thank you!

Patrick K.

Get the defense you need from a law firm that cares.


We Listen

During our initial conversation with you we will get information about the circumstances of your charge and your situation.

We Inform

Once we have these details we can explain the potential consequences you are facing.

We Plan

We will then create a detailed plan of action for your case to make sure that your traffic ticket is resolved in the appropriate manner. Our mission is to produce the best possible outcome on your case.

How Can We Help?


A: 30 Orchard St. Asheville, NC 28801

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A: 2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd. #202-253 Charlotte, NC 28273

P: (704) 215-4242

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A: 104 E. Main Ave Gastonia, NC 28052

P: (704) 323-8485

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A: 258 N. Main Street Waynesville, NC 28786

P: (828) 333-5035

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A: 321 N Front St #210, Wilmington, NC 28401

P: (910) 338-3994

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Areas of Service

Cities: Asheville, Charlotte, Gastonia, Waynesville, and Wilmington.

Counties: Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Columbus, Gaston, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincolnton, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.

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