Driving while impaired or driving under the influence is one of the most complex areas of criminal law in the State of North Carolina. The volume of DWI/DUI charges has increased drastically in recent years due in large part to increased efforts to train law enforcement officers to identify and investigate impaired drivers. Recent changes in North Carolina law have made it easier to prosecute DWI charges and have imposed harsher penalties for those convicted of a DWI. If you have been charged with DWI, your first step should be to discuss your charges with James Minick.
While we can’t change the fact that you are going to have to face your DWI charge, we can plan together how to handle your situation going forward. With jail time, loss of driving privileges, fines, increased insurance rates, mandatory alcohol treatment, and lost job/school opportunities hanging in the balance, my role as your legal advocate is to leave no stone unturned.
The consequences of a DWI can be long-lasting, so invest in your future now by picking up the phone and calling James Minick.
An experienced DWI Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A DWI lawyer mostly deals with DWI matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.
The consequences of a DWI vary greatly from state to state and a DWI lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as
Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A DWI Lawyer in Asheville can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.
An experienced DUI Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.
Don't know if a DUI Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:
Definitely hire a DUI Lawyer if you already have several DUI's and receive another; or if your DUI arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
Seriously consider hiring a DUI Lawyer if you've been arrested for a second DUI (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.
You might want to hire a DUI Lawyer if you don't understand your rights or DUI laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.
If you would like a free, no obligation DUI consultation, CALL NOW 828.333.5024 .
One of the main reasons you should challenge a DUI is because of the serious nature of the penalties. A DUI conviction carries with it the possibility of jail time, steep fines and the loss of driving privileges. With the help of James Minick, all aspects of your DUI charge will be scrutinized so that your rights will be protected. You cannot afford a DUI conviction because:
To execute a traditional DWI traffic stop (other than those made at a DWI checkpoint), a police officer must have a reasonable suspicion that you have committed some violation of the Motor Vehicle Code, usually for a moving violation or because your vehicle is not up to code.
From the moment the officer initiates the stop, he or she is observing your actions to determine if you are intoxicated. The officer will be observing and scrutinizing odors coming from the vehicle, your speech, your attitude, clothing, the conduct of passengers as well as other physical evidence to make his initial determination of whether or not to proceed further with his DWI investigation. If ordered out of your vehicle, the officer may employ several field sobriety tests to determine if you are intoxicated. These tests include the walk and turn, the one leg stand and various other counting or alphabet tests. If the officer finds that there is probable cause to believe that you are under the influence, you most likely will be arrested and taken for either a blood or breath test to determine your exact blood alcohol level.
In the event your blood alcohol level exceeds 0.08% or if the office simply believes, based on his observations, that you were incapable of safely operating your vehicle, you will charged with a DUI and most likely multiple other criminal and / or vehicular charges. At this point it is imperative that you immediately contact James Minick at (828) 333-5024. We look forward to resolving your DUI and DWI related charges.
James Concentrates his practice in DWI / DUI Defense and has handled hundreds of DWI cases throughout Western North Carolina. James co-authored A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top DUI Attorneys in the United States. The National Trial Lawyers association has named James one of its Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2014-2015. James is a General Member of the National College for DUI Defense. James 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.
Lance is a former police officer who served on the Street Crimes Division. Lance is NHSTA certified in DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (a 24 hour course designed to train officers to make DUI arrests) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (a 16 hour course). During law school, Lance interned at the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office.
Robert Gilligan was raised in Waynesville, NC, and joined the U.S. Air Force right out of high school. After being honorably discharged after 6 years, Robert attended Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, MI. 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. Robert’s practice areas include family law, DWI, criminal defense, and estate planning.
Blake Marcus graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with honors. During law school, Blake completed an internship with the honorable Michelle M. Rick in the 29th Circuit Court of Michigan. His primary practice area is DWI defense. He has completed the NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course.