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We give good people the defense plan they need to fight the legal consequences of their charge, and keep their life moving forward.

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How We Help

Reduce the Legal Consequences

Criminal charges can result in the loss your job, license, reputation, and even jail.  Know the legal consequences and then work hard to reduce, or erase, them.

Don’t Face the Law Alone

Being charged with a DWI, criminal, or traffic offense and facing the law is intimidating and isolating. Work with a defense team that fights and cares for you.

Get Clarity with the Unknown

Getting charged with a criminal offense and trying to navigate the legal process is often disorienting and overwhelming. Get the answers you want and the plan you need to get your life back on track.

DUI Defense

DUI defense is our focus.

A DUI charge can be a low-point in your life. It is hard to manage all of the personal stress and uncertainty these cases can cause by yourself. Our Gastonia DUI Lawyers have a simple mission: we want to help.

It is our goal to make sure you are informed and aware of the legal process you are going through. Unless you’ve spent time in law school or law enforcement, legal jargon can be confusing to follow.

Our Gastonia DUI lawyers will explain the legal process in clear terms, and guide you through your case, every step of the way.

DUI Lawyers

DUI Lawyers Gastonia, NC

Minick Law, P.C. of Gastonia serves clients with aggressive, yet compassionate, DWI Defense. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Gastonia, 2 minutes away from the Gaston County Jail, the Gastonia Police Department, and the Gaston County Courthouse. Our staff is standing by to assist you with your case.

Our mission is to provide all of our clients the best possible legal representation. Our Gastonia DUI lawyers are always striving to improve their knowledge of DUI law in an effort to give our clients the defense they deserve.

Attorney Lance Williams is more than just a proficient lawyer and graduate of Charlotte School of Law; he also spent twelve years as Deputy Sheriff in Harvey, LA before he entered law school. His experience in law enforcement gives him a unique vantage point on the processes law enforcement officers use and the mistakes they are prone to make.

As an officer, Lance was a Team Leader of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and also worked in the Street Crimes Division. In the legal field, Lance is certified in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Our Approach

Get aggressive DUI defense.

Many misfortunes can result from getting a DWI (driving while impaired) or a DUI (driving under the influence) charges. Your license could get suspended, your auto insurance rates could skyrocket, and you could even get stuck with jail time.

In the State of North Carolina, DWI and DUI law can be very tricky and complicated. Our Gastonia DUI lawyers handle a wide range of cases, including: Habitual DWI, Felony Driving While Impaired, Federal Driving Under Influence (DUI charged on Federal lands or parkway), and Drug Related Impaired Driving cases (including marijuana DWI charges).

Minick Law, P.C. of Gastonia cares about your well-being and your future. We will pursue every angle of your case, from gathering all of the facts and figures to ensure that we can work towards the best results for your case.

Contact our Gastonia Office

Minick Law, P.C. of Gastonia

Address: 104 E Main Ave, Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone: (704) 312-1515Fax: (828) 212-4300

Cities We Serve: Gastonia, Lincolnton, and Cleveland.
Counties We Serve: Cleveland, Gaston, and Lincoln.

FAQs for Gastonia DUI Lawyers:

How Are You Different From Other Gastonia DUI Lawyers?

When looking for criminal defense, you’re hiring the attorney as well as the firm. At Minick Law, some of our lawyers are former police officers and District Attorneys. At our Gastonia location, attorney Lance Williams is a former police officer. He’s seen things from the other side of the table, which is a major differentiating factor when handling criminal defense cases.

Our trial lawyers and staff are steeped in DWI knowledge and are willing to go the distance and fight the state, regardless of what the case is.

Will I Go to Jail if I am Convicted of a DWI in North Carolina?

While jail time is a possibility for any person convicted of a DWI, the realistic likelihood of jail time depends on a whole number of different factors. The vast majority of people charged with their first DWI are not sentenced to do any active jail time. Jail time is more likely for a person with prior DWI’s, a child in the car, an accident which causes injury to another person or driving on a license which is suspended for a DWI.

Will I be Allowed to Drive after Getting a DWI?

There are many driving consequences that can arise from a DWI. The length of suspensions related to DWI and the requirements for license reinstatement vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including: prior DWI charges, the blood/breath alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the DWI charge, and whether the driver’s license was suspended at the time of the charge. For a first offense DWI case in North Carolina, a person’s license will be suspended for one year. Most people convicted of their first offense will be able to get a limited driving privilege that will allow them to drive for work, educational, treatment, and religious purposes.

How Much Money Will Getting a DWI Cost Me?

The financial consequences of a DWI are significant and can include: attorney’s fees, court costs and fines, increases in auto insurance premiums, the cost of obtaining an alcohol assessment and completing any recommended treatment, continuous alcohol monitoring, inpatient treatment, and impact on employment.

Should I have been read my Miranda Rights during my DWI Arrest?

In North Carolina, officers frequently do not read Miranda rights at the time of a DWI arrest and often a suspect is never advised of Miranda rights during the entire encounter with police. In the context of a DWI arrest, the lack of Miranda warnings is not likely to result in a dismissal of charges. Most of the time statements made by a DWI suspect after arrest are not particularly important in the State’s prosecution. The suspect’s statements and field sobriety tests prior to arrest combined with a blood or breath alcohol result may be enough for the State to proceed to trial on a DWI charge.

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Lance Williams


Lance Williams had 12 years of experience as a police officer before entering law school.

His experience in charging crimes helps him to exploit mistakes made by law enforcement.


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He spent 12 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Harvey, LA. During his tenure there he worked in the Street Crimes Division as well as being a Team Leader of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.

Lance is certified in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (24 hour training) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (16 hour training) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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