Focused defense from our Hickory DUI lawyers

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

Work with a DUI defense team.

At Minick Law, P.C., you don’t just hire an attorney. You hire an aggressive defense team. Our Hickory DUI lawyers are ready to help you prepare your DUI case for the best possible outcome.

Being charged in Hickory, North Carolina with driving while impaired (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) can mean 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 DUI law is one of the most complex areas of criminal law in the State of North Carolina.

We understand that receiving a DUI charge leaves you with a number of questions. That’s why our Hickory DUI lawyers will guide you through the legal process every step of the way.

DUI Lawyers

Get aggressive defense from our DUI lawyers in Hickory, NC.

Putting forth the best defense often requires looking at your case from the perspective of the Hickory DA. Our Hickory DUI lawyers leave no stone unturned in the search for evidence helpful to your defense.

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.

Our Hickory DUI lawyers are also required to attend the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 24 hour DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) Course, the same training received by many officers that charge DWI in Hickory.

Our Approach

Have confidence in DUI defense that fights for you.

At Minick Law, we help individuals charged with DWI by:

  • Developing a personalized Action Plan to prepare for all Court dates
  • Obtaining / reinstating driving privileges and driver’s licenses
  • Advising clients on how to navigate the numerous non-criminal consequences of DWI
  • Connecting our clients with valuable resources in the community, including: alcohol assessors, impatient substance abuse treatment, ignition interlock providers, counseling services, community services opportunities, and insurance providers.

Your Hickory DUI lawyer will personally meet with you from the very beginning of the attorney-client relationship. We believe that effective DUI representation cannot be accomplished without excellent communication.

At any time during or after your case, we can meet with you to discuss your DUI charge, and we will keep you apprised of all developments in your case, keeping you in the loop. Our office is conveniently located just south of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Contact our Hickory Office

Minick Law, P.C. of Hickory

Address: 520 8th St NE, Hickory, NC 28601
Phone: (828) 237-4242Fax: (828) 212-4300

Cities We Serve: Hickory, Morganton, and Statesville.
Counties We Serve: Burke, Catawba, and Iredell.

FAQs for Hickory DUI Lawyers

How Are You Different From Other Hickory 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 Hickory 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.

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

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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The National Trial Lawyers association has named James one of its Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2014-2015. He is a General Member of the National College for DUI Defense, and has successfully completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s course on DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, a 24 hour course taught to officers trained in DWI investigations. James and his beautiful wife, Laura, have 5 children and are proud foster parents. He concentrates his practice in: DWI / DUI Defense

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