Brett Wentz

Founder | DWI/DUI Attorney

“We’ve successfully handled numerous difficult and high-profile cases throughout New Hanover and Pender Counties and our DUI/DWI record in court speaks for itself.”

Brett T. Wentz was raised in Pensacola, FL and attended high school in New Bern, NC. He received his BA in English from East Carolina University and his JD from the Normal Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. He was admitted to the North Carolina bar in 2005, and was named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine for the last four years.

Our clients benefit from our aggressive representation and steadfast commitment to pursuing all possible avenues of defense strategies. We specialize in criminal defense, DUI / DWIs, traffic violations, and felonies. Our team’s federal criminal defense areas include drug charges, firearms offenses, money laundering, white-collar crimes, sex offenses, probation, post-release violations, and misdemeanors.

Driving Privledges
How to get your driving privledges after DUI DWI Charge

There are different types of Limited Driving Privileges based on the situation, including pre-trial, post-conviction, and refusal.

Field Sobriety Test
Field Sobriety Test During Traffic Stop

These tests are used by police officers to detect signs of impairment and establish probable cause for DWI arrests. 

NC BAC Breathalyzer

If you’ve been charged with DUI in Pender County, you likely underwent a breath test using an intoximeter.

Defense Strategy
Street view of the Pender County NC Courthouse

In North Carolina, a DWI conviction requires a DWI sentencing hearing where the judge considers factors presented by both sides.

How to Handle a DWI in New Hanover and Pender Counties

Getting arrested and convicted of DWI—driving while intoxicated—in North Carolina is both scary and costly. Not only can you expect to spend hundreds in court costs, but these convictions often carry jail time and loss of driving privileges for a period of time.

It’s never a good idea to handle a DWI case on your own, especially with such high stakes. This kind of conviction is something that will follow you for the rest of your life, with it held against you by auto insurers and potential employers for years to come.

Never make the mistake of pleading guilty to a DWI charge without an experienced lawyer by your side. Putting your future at risk is never worth the cost of a lawyer


How to Avoid a Guilty DWI Verdict in North Carolina

Our experienced legal team knows how to spot the challenges and strengths of your case, making sure we use the best strategy to achieve the best result. We fully understand the procedures police officers must follow in order to arrest you under a DWI charge.  Check out our “Defending a DUI” page to learn more on how we’ll fight to get you the results you want. 

There are many opportunities to challenge your arrest and/or evidence at my points in the case, and our defense attorney will work quickly to reduce or eliminate the damages caused by a DWI conviction.


What are some things we’ll examine in your DWI case?

Whether you were properly given your Miranda rights.

Whether the field sobriety test was administered properly.

Whether the officer legally used “search and seizure” during a blood draw.


Can DWI Charges Get Dropped?

Our teams track record for getting DUI / DWI charges dropped speaks for itself. Getting you the best possible outcome is not only our job but our reason for doing what we do. DUI / DWI cases have a number of paths to a favorable outcome. Check out our “Defending a DUI” page to learn more on how we’ll fight to get you the results you want.  We willl also be your advocate when it comes to getting your driver’s license restored. Contact us today for a legal consultation with our expert lawyers!

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We offer free consultations to review your case, answer questions, and discuss your options for defense.

Reach out today to schedule yours. 

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