Your Local DUI /DWI Lawyer

Having spent my career in the Wilmington, NC court system, I know how the judicial system works around here. I know the people, I know the laws and regulations, and I know what it takes to get DUI charges dropped at the New Hanover County Courthouse. Fighting DUI charges in Wilmington is not like in other towns, and you should speak with someone who truly understands the nuances of DUI defense in Wilmington.

Working with me you will not find an oversized office building with numerous secretaries pushing off your phone calls. With Wentz Law, you’ll get my attention and commitment to finding a real solution, rather than taking your money and rolling over to the courts. My track record in the area speaks for itself and you will see my commitment to winning is unmatched. Give me a call, share your story, and I will let you know how I can help.

 

I know how scary it can be to be charged with DWI (driving while impaired), also known as DUI (driving under the influence). Even at the lowest level of punishment in Pender County, a DWI / DUI conviction can lead to jail time, thousands in fees and court costs, and the loss of your ability to drive.
The odds are that you were pulled by an officer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department or the Wilmington Police Department. While their charges may be the same, knowing how each department works can be helpful when determining the best defense opportunity for your DUI charge. 
Below, you can find valuable information about regaining your driving privileges following a DUI conviction, our defense strategy options, and additional details.
DUI Defense Areas

In Wilmington, NC, a DWI conviction requires a DWI sentencing hearing where the judge considers factors presented by both defense and district attorneys.

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

There are different types of Limited Driving Privileges (LDPs) based on the situation. These include 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. They are used against you.

New Hanover County Courthouse

Everything you need to know about going to your court date.

How Can I Help?

DUI Defense Areas

In Wilmington, NC a DWI conviction requires a DWI sentencing hearing where the judge considers factors presented by both defense and district attorneys.

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

There are different types of Limited Driving Privileges (LDPs) based on the situation. These include pre-trial, post-conviction, and refusal.

Breathalyzers
NC BAC Breathalyzer

If you’ve been charged with DWI in New Hanover County, you’ve more than likely undergone a breath analysis test using an intoximeter such as the EC/IR II.

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. They are used against you.

Do I Need a DWI Lawyer?

The short answer is that you should always have a good DWI / DUI Attorney in your corner if you are charged with a DUI. Typically, attorneys are less expensive than you’d think and will save you much more in the long run.

Hire me, hire someone else, or, if you can’t afford one, ask for an attorney to be appointed to you. The worst mistake you could make in a DUI is to try to handle it yourself. Find a professional who knows Wilmington’s officers, judges, and the DAs. Do not gamble with your freedom.

I successfully defend clients charged with DUI each and every day, and my record at the New Hanover County Courthouse (located in downtown Wilmington) speaks for itself. If you have questions or need help, you can call (910) 256-8044 or fill out our contact form. Also, be sure to check out our FAQ page for answers to common questions. 

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We handle DUI defenses out of the following North Carolina areas: All of New Hanover County (Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Ogden, Monkey Junction) and Pender County (Hampstead, Topsail, Burgaw, Surf City, Atkinson).

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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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