Durham Criminal Lawyer

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Attorney Cole Williams was born and raised in Durham, NC. As a second generation attorney Cole Williams has spent the majority of his life in the Durham County courts. The Law Office of N. Cole Williams focuses on defending the rights of the accused and seeking just compensation for the injured.

Cole Williams is a widely respected attorney in North Carolina, known for preparation, courtroom advocacy, with an outstanding legal mind and trial skills.

He wants to put his decades of knowledge and courtroom experience as a Durham criminal attorney to work on your case, your legal matters, your well-being, and your future. Cole and his staff are available for immediate consultation.

If you need legal representation for a case, call now to schedule an appointment. We want to help.

Criminal Defense

We all make mistakes. Sometimes it’s something minor like a traffic ticket for something like speeding or running a red light. Other times, legal representation may involve a potentially life-changing criminal charge.

It doesn’t matter if you’re facing a felony or misdemeanor charge, it makes sense to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Appearing in a courtroom can be an intimidating experience.

It’s normal if you’re worried or stressed, whether you have been charged with a minor traffic violation or a serious felony. Our goal is to keep you informed of the process and what to expect in moving through the court system. That’s especially true if you’ve been accused of serious charges.

We’re here to help.

Durham DWI Lawyer

The consequences of “impaired driving” or “drunk driving” charges in NC are serious. Just getting arrested can have serious consequences.

You may have said “I would never drive drunk” but now find yourself charged with a DWI. A lot of people confuse drunk driving and DWI. There are many different ways you can be charged with driving while impaired.

We understand people may refer to driving while impaired as different things like DWI, DUI, and impaired driving. Frankly, in preparing a defense, it doesn’t much matter what you call it. We understand what you’re talking about and what needs to be done to prepare a defense.

The NC DWI laws changed years ago. Under N.C.G.S. 20-138.1, it’s simply called Impaired Driving.

There are technical differences as it relates to alcohol and drugs. DUI in NC used to relate to drinking alcohol and being “under the influence” of alcohol. In fact, some of that wording and language remains in the law. It’s still illegal to drive while being under the influence of alcohol.

There are technical differences as it relates to alcohol and drugs.

  • What does driving while impaired mean?
  • What is an impairing substance?
  • Can you be convicted of DWI in NC while on prescription medication?
  • What happens if I didn’t mean to drive while impaired?
  • Is DWI a Felony?
  • Is DWI a Misdemeanor Charge?

Those are all reasonable, normal questions. We’re more than willing to sit down with you in person, talk about your criminal charges involving impaired driving, and work through what we can do to help.

Make no mistake, the DWI Laws in NC are complex and carry long-term consequences. The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will take action on your license if you blow a .08 or willfully refuse to submit to testing.

Cole Williams has extensive training as a Durham DWI Attorney. He is associated with numerous national organizations highly respected and devoted to DWI defense. He’s a founding member and faculty of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, DUIDLA, and a member of the National College for DUI Defense, NCDD.

He also holds advanced certifications in the science and technologies of Standardized Field Sobriety testing, and blood testing for alcohol concentrations and blood drug concentrations.

If you have been arrested for DWI, call Cole Williams now. He’s here to help guide you through a tremendously complex area of law.

Drug Charges – Possession of Controlled Substances

Drug charges can involve different types of allegations ranging from misdemeanors including simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia to felony trafficking of controlled substances.

Depending on the nature of the charges, possible resolutions may include diversion programs. A lot depends on the nature of the charges, your prior record (if any), the amount of drugs at issue, and the type of controlled substances.

For example, Trafficking Drugs in North Carolina is a very serious offense. It’s a felony that requires an active prison term, even if you have never been in trouble your entire life.

Based solely on the amount of the drugs involved or dosage units (depending on the type of controlled substance), there are different Levels of Drug Trafficking in North Carolina.

Prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, and Defense Lawyers in Durham take the North Carolina Drug Laws seriously. You should too! A conviction for any drug offense has serious consequences.

Durham criminal lawyer Cole Williams helps people facing Drug charges including:

  • Sale and, or Delivery of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Marijuana Drug Paraphernalia
  • Felony Possession of Controlled Substances
Personal Injury

Cole Williams is a courtroom lawyer. He’s an advocate first, seeking justice and what’s fair in our legal system.

That means he doesn’t just limit his law practice to criminal defense or DWI charges. Cole Williams is also an experienced personal injury lawyer.

The two practices actually blend well together. Both require hard work, preparation, tenacity, and courtroom skills. Cole focuses his personal injury to legal issues involving:

  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Personal Injury Claims
    • Car Accidents
    • Motorcycle Accidents
    • Trucking Accidents / 18 Wheeler Wrecks
    • Bicycle Accidents
    • Premises Liability

If you were hurt due to the negligence of someone else and feel you’re not being treated fairly by the insurance company. We’re here to help.

We never represent insurance companies. Our job is to help people, not take advantage of them.

We’re interested in you, your case, and collecting damages and just compensation for your injuries.

It Costs Nothing to Call Us

We rarely charge for legal consultations. Typically it is entirely free to call, set up an office visit, and ask questions.

We also keep everything you tell us, including legal assistants and paralegals, strictly confidential. We understand the sensitive nature of information and its disclosure.

That’s why we honor and protect the time-honored tradition of the Attorney-Client privilege.

We treat clients with dignity and respect. You’ll never be pressured to retain our legal services or law firm. If anything, you will be encouraged to speak with other attorneys to ensure you are confident in the attorney you choose to handle your case.

Not only is it necessary to fully consider you legal rights and options, we actively encourage it. That’s why we typically don’t charge consultation fees.

If you thereafter decide you want legal help, we’ll explain what it costs and how to retain a lawyer for legal representation.

Choosing your lawyer is an important first step in preparing a defense. Take the time to evaluate Durham criminal attorney Cole Williams, his experience, training, and dedication to complex litigation.

Having someone standing by your side in court, advocating for you and your best interests is the best option. We think it’s imperative to protecting you, your future, and your long-term wellbeing.

If you’ve been charged and arrested in Durham, give us a call.

We represent all walks of life in the courts of North Carolina.

We want what is best for our clients. Whether that’s justice in our courts for Criminal Charges or complete compensation for injuries as a result of another’s negligence, we're here to help.

Cole Williams is a fabulous courtroom attorney. He's someone I respect and admire, having litigated complex legal matters in Durham with him. Our firm regularly refers clients to Cole and his staff, knowing they'll be treated in a kind, professional manner. Bill Powers, Charlotte Attorney
I've known Cole Williams both personally and professionally for more than 20 years. Cole has a keen legal mind and tenacious spirit. He is widely respected both in the Durham legal community and in North Carolina as a courtroom advocate. I highly recommend Cole Williams to you. John Fanney, Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney
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