Waynesville, NC DWI/DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyers

Minick Law’s Waynesville, NC office is here to help.

Waynesville, NC DWI / DUI, Criminal Defense and Traffic Tickets Lawyers

Minick Law’s Waynesville, NC office assists clients with DWI/DUI, Criminal Defense, Traffic Violations, and DMV Hearing cases. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Waynesville, directly across from the Haywood County Courthouse, next to Well’s Funeral Home.

Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, downtown Waynesville, NC offers a host of fine restaurants and shops, museums and art galleries, and plenty of outdoor attractions that draw tourists from around the region. As the largest town in North Carolina West of Asheville, our Waynesville office services all of Haywood County and the 3oth district.

Our team in Waynesville is led by Attorney Robert Gilligan who specializes in Family Law, Criminal Defense, DWI/DUI, and Estate Planning. Robert is a native of Waynesville and spent six years in the United States Air Force after high school. After leaving the military, he graduated from Law School at Wayne State University in Detroit.

After college, Robert was an intern at Michigan’s 3rd Circuit Court, Family Division, and later worked as an associate for a number of solo practitioners in the Metro-Detroit area practicing in areas of law ranging from Bankruptcy to criminal defense.

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Minick Law, P.C. of Waynesville

Address: 258 N. Main St. Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone: (828) 333-5035
Fax: (828) 212-4300
Areas We Serve: Waynesville, Bryson City, Canton, Clyde, Cullowhee, Franklin, Maggie Valley, Sylva, and surrounding areas


Waynesville, NC DWI / DUI Lawyers

Getting a DWI (driving while impaired) or a DUI (driving under the influence) can end in court fines, driving suspensions, and even time in prison.

At Minick Law in Waynesville, we care about our clients both inside and outside of the courtroom. We will assemble the facts to create an orderly action plan that consists of steps to get your the best results for your case.

Our office handles 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).


Waynesville, NC Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our Criminal Defense Team in Waynesville is here to provide you both the expertise and the legal support needed for a good criminal defense.

Being charged with criminal offenses can cause anxiety, stress, and embarassment. We understand that, and we want to help you in this time of need.

Our Criminal Defense team will explain the legal process in clear terms, and guide you through your case, every step of the way. We know the uncertainty can be overwhelming at times and we at Minick Law want to help you clearly understand the legal process you are going through.


Waynesville, NC Traffic Violations Lawyers

You can get more than just fines from a traffic violation. Your insurance rates can dramatically increase as well if you’re not careful.

Our lawyers will put forth their best efforts to minimize the consequences and impact of any court charges you may receive relating to a traffic violation. Not only this, but we will also examine your driving record and help figure out steps to keep it healthy in the future.
Our skilled attorneys can help you restore a suspended driver’s license, with reckless driving charges, contest a speeding ticket.

We will try to minimize the effects of the charges. More that that, we can explore options surrounding getting your driving privileges restored.


Waynesville, NC DMV Hearing Lawyers

If your license has been revoked or suspended and your have a DMV Hearing, or are trying to get your driver’s license reinstated, we will take all of the steps necessary to help you navigate this process.

Your driving privileges could end up being suspended for over a year if you were charged with a DWI/DUI and refused to take a blood alcohol level or breathalyzer test from a law enforcement officer. This can lead to a DMV Refusal Hearing which our team is prepared to help you navigate.

Hiring an experienced lawyer with knowledge in the working of DMV Hearings is important to help you advocate for your driving privileges.

Directions to our Waynesville, NC Office

From I-40 E, Merge onto US-276/Jonathan Creek Rd via exit 20, towards Waynesville/Maggie Valley. Turn left on Dellawood Rd/US-19 N/US-276 S. Turn right onto Russ Ave/US-276 S. Turn left onto Walnut St, and then right onto Main St. We are located on the left hand side, directly across from the Haywood County Courthouse.

From I-40W, take Exit 27, US-74 W towards Clyde and Waynesville. Take US-276 via Exit 102, which will put you in Downtown Waynesville. At the fourth traffic light, go straight up the hill on Walnut Street. Take a right at the light onto Main Street. We are located on the left hand side, directly across from the Haywood County Courthouse.

Follow US-23/US-74/Great Smokey Mountain Expy E, then take the US-276 S exit (exit 102) towards Waynesville/Brevard. Turn right onto Russ Ave/US-276 S. Turn left onto Walnut St, and then right onto Main St. We are located on the left hand side, directly across from the Haywood County Courthouse.

very pleased with the outcome

Truly one of the nicest and knowledgeable staff around. I would highly recommend Mr. Gilligan’s services. He and his staff helped me feel informed and at ease through the process. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case.

Heather Alford

confident and very professional

Just so happened to notice this firm in town while I was in a pinch. The attorney on my case appeared confident and was very professional, explaining certain nuances of the legal system and answering my many, many questions. And I should note that I was very pleased with its outcome. If you need legal defense in Waynesville, I highly recommend this firm!

Jacob Flannick

highly recommend

I was charged with a DWI back in October 2015.. The Asheville police DWI task force charged me with DWI. My income solely depends on transportation to and from job sites and to perform service calls. …I highly recommend his firm to anyone who has been charged with a DWI. Mr. Minick is the DWI guy!

Robert Kunz

Meet Your Waynesville, NC Team

The Minick Law team aims to provide our clients with outstanding legal representation. Our attorneys are constantly improving their knowledge of the law, in an effort to arm our clients with the defense they deserve.

Rob Gilligan

Rob Gilligan


Rob Gilligan was raised in Waynesville, NC, and joined the U.S. Air Force right out of high school.  After 6 years of service, he attended Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, MI.


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Robert was highly involved in the University’s law student groups, being the Dean of the Delta Theta Phi chapter, Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, President of the Law Student Veteran’s Organization, as well as a member of dozens of other agencies.  Robert interned with the 3rd Circuit Court, Family Division, and later worked as an associate for a number of solo practitioners in the Metro-Detroit area practicing in areas of law ranging from Bankruptcy to criminal defense.

In 2013, Robert relocated back to Waynesville, NC where he lives with his wife, Marissa, and daughter, Claire.  Robert’s practice areas include:

Family Law DWI / DUI Criminal Defense Estate Planning

Our Staff

Our Staff


Here at Minick Law we truly believe that it takes a team to give you the defense you deserve.

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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...

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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!

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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.

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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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