DWI / DUI Lawyers
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NC DWI / DUI Lawyers
Devastated. That is the feeling a driving while impaired (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) arrest brings to your life. We are here to help you get your life back on track and get you the information you need to make the right decisions about moving forward with your case.
The consequences of a DWI can include jail time and court fines, loss of driving privileges, increased insurance rates, employment consequences, and financial uncertainty.
These issues are magnified by the fact that DWI/DUI law is one of the most complex areas of criminal law in the State of North Carolina.
In addition to handling misdemeanor DWI charges, we handle Habitual DWI cases, Felony Driving While Impaired, Federal Driving Under Influence (DUI charged on Federal lands or parkway), Cherokee Tribal Court DWI, and Drug Related Impaired Driving cases (including marijuana DWI charges).
DWI / DUI Defense
Effectively navigating a DWI charge and its consequences begins with planning. During our initial consultation we want to learn about the details of your arrest and the impact the DWI charge is having on your life, so that we can provide sound legal 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. We want to be the information hub when it comes to answering questions about the courtroom, driving, and life consequences of your DWI charge.
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.
I had a wonderful experience with the staff at Minick Law, and was pleased with the work that James Minick himself did on my behalf. He not only worked before and during my case, but helped guide and assist me two years afterwards. He's a good man, but also highly intelligent and he knows how the legal system works.
Attorney Minick and his staff are professional, knowledgeable, courteous, and efficient. 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!
knows how to get the job done!
This Law Firm really knows how to get the job done! What a wonderful and pleasant experience knowing and trusting that they would help me out in my time of need. 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!
best described as excellent
My experience with Minick Law can be best described as excellent. I received optimum results in my case with much attentiveness to my questions and concerns. From my attorney...to the office staff, I can only say thank you, and job well done!
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!
The manner with which [Minick Law] handled our situation was very professional. They saw that all questions were answered and we were at ease with what would occur. I would highly recommend Minick Law Group to anyone needing their services.
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.
How We Can Help
At Minick Law, we help individuals charged with DWI by:
Effectively navigating a DWI 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 DWI is having on your life, so that we can provide sound advice on your next steps.
We will work together to create a detailed DWI 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 DWI means having the best information when making important decisions.
Developing a personalized Action Plan to prepare for all Court dates
Obtaining / reinstating driving privileges and driver’s licenses
Advising how to navigate the numerous non-criminal consequences of DWI
Speaking to the investigating officer
Obtaining police reports
Locating and investigating witnesses
Reviewing relevant medical records
Examining available video evidence
Obtaining photographs of the arrest scene
Putting forth the best defense often requires looking at your case from the perspective of the police and the District Attorney.
Connecting our clients with valuable resources in the community, like: alcohol assessors, inpatient substance abuse treatment, ignition interlock providers, counseling services, community services opportunities, and insurance providers
Requiring our DWI lawyers to attend the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 24 hour DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) Course. This is the same training received by many officers that charge DWI.
A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top DUI Attorneys in the United States
James Minick is the co-author of A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top DUI Attorneys in the United States. This is meant to be a guidebook for anyone facing a DWI charge and its consequences.
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