Criminal Defense

Traffic Offenses

The consequences of a conviction for a traffic offense can be severe, financially burdensome, and have lasting repercussions.  At Whitley Law we understand that maintaining your ability to drive and keeping insurance premiums affordable are critical to your livelihood and your family’s wellbeing.  We will work tirelessly to achieve the best result in your case.  In some instances we can resolve traffic tickets without you incurring insurance or driver’s license points.  Many times we can obtain a reduction in your charges.  Frequently we can resolve your traffic ticket without you having to appear in court.

At Whitley Law we handle a diverse range of traffic violations including:

  • Aggressive Driving
  • Careless and Reckless Driving
  • Driving While License Revoked
  • Expired Tags/Registration
  • No Liability Insurance
  • No Operator’s License
  • Passing a Stopped School Bus
  • Running Through a Red Light or Stop Sign
  • Seatbelt Violations
  • Speeding infractions

If you are charged with a traffic offense while visiting Brunswick, Columbus, or New Hanover Counties, we can generally handle your case from start to finish without you ever having to appear in court.

Limited Driving Privileges Following Revocation

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has the authority to suspend your driver’s license following a conviction for certain traffic offenses or for convictions of one or more specific offenses within a period of time.  In most instances, you can obtain a limited driving privilege that will permit you to drive to and from work or school.  We understand the complex process involved in obtaining a limited driving privilege and have a proven record of securing limited driving privileges for our clients.

Driving While Impaired

Driving while impaired charges are a serious matter in North Carolina.  The social, financial, and criminal consequences can be severe.  At Whitley Law we understand how critical your legal representation is in obtaining a successful outcome if you are facing DWI charges.  We will work to attack every angle of the District Attorney’s case against you, including the nature of the stop, the administration of field sobriety tests, and chemical analysis of blood or breath.  That also means taking your case to trial.

Implied Consent Offenses and Civil License Revocations

In addition to the criminal consequences of a DWI charge, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has the power to revoke your North Carolina driver’s license before your criminal charges have been resolved.  Certain revocations will remain in effect even if the DWI charges are dismissed or you are found not guilty at trial. For this reason, it is important that you seek the assistance of an attorney who understands your options and the ramifications of a civil revocation.  At Whitley Law we understand the intricacies of regaining your driving privilege as quickly as possible and will work to minimize the amount of time spent without your license.

Refusal Revocation and DMV Hearings

If your license has been revoked by the DMV for a year because you refused a breathalyzer or chemical test upon your arrest for DWI, you have the right to request a hearing before the DMV to challenge the validity of the revocation.  Your license will remain effective pending the DMV hearing.  We can represent you at the DMV hearing.   If the revocation is upheld, we can assist you in obtaining a limited driving privilege if you are eligible.

Misdemeanor and Felony Charges

We are a full service criminal defense firm handling a range of misdemeanors and felonies including drug offenses, theft offenses, assaults, probation violations, and many more.  The attorneys at Whitley Law know what is at stake if you or  members of your family are facing criminal charges.  We understand the process involved in obtaining the best outcome for you.  We will use our experience, knowledge, and skills to obtain the most favorable result in your case and minimize the consequences of a criminal charge.