Defending your rights when it matters most.
Nathan has represented individuals accused of criminal offenses ranging from minor speeding tickets to capital murder since 2003. Although the consequences and strategies differ in each case, his approach remains the same. In order for the client-lawyer relationship to be successful, there must actually be a relationship. It must be a relationship where the client feels comfortable and confident that their lawyer truly cares about their case. Secondly, there is no substitute for preparation. There is no consistent way for an attorney to reach the best possible result unless he takes the time and steps necessary to be fully prepared in each and every case. Finally, an attorney must be open to negotiate, but willing and able to aggressively litigate for his client. Nathan uses this approach to reach the best possible result for his clients
461 East Main Street
Sylva NC 28779
All 50 states currently have .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for noncommercial drivers. If you operate a vehicle with a BAC level of .08% or greater, you can be charged with driving while impaired (DWI), also known as driving under the i
North Carolina DWI laws and sentencing structures are some of the most complicated and severe in the country. Law enforcement and prosecutors relentlessly seek and prosecute intoxicated drivers on North Carolina highways. As a result, arrests for DWI in W.N.C . are common amongst individuals of all walks of life. If you or a loved one is charged with DWI/DUI it is in your best interest that you contact a lawyer experienced in DWI defense immediately. Nathan is very experienced in DUI law and has tried hundreds of DUI cases during his career. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, assuring that he is up to date on all the latest trends, case law and trial techniques that allows for Nathan's cases to benefit from the best possible outcome in their cases. DUI law is complex with Constitutional Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues often present. Many cases involve the imperfect "science" blood testing for various types of controlled substance. Nathan has completed multiple classes taught by the same individuals that have trained law enforcement officers on how to conduct a DUI investigation. This training and his extensive trial experience allows Nathan to dissect the State's case against you with surgeon's precision. An experienced attorney who understands the science, the law and the officers training can be the difference between guilty and not guilty. Nathan does not charge for a consult in DUI cases. Give him a call and speak with him about your case today.
Things to keep in mind if you find yourself charged with DWI:
DWI is not just alcohol impairment, but the charge is inclusive of many impairing substances, including both prescription and illicit drugs.
If North Carolina asserts that you "refused" a chemical analysis, then a mandatory one year license suspension applies. Refusals are appealable at DMV refusal hearing. However, you must elect to do this very early in the process.
Under certain aggravating circumstances, the court may impose a sentence of three years in prison.
Fines, court costs, increased insurance premiums, and other associated fees can add up quickly and likely reach into thousands of dollars.
Each year, Nathan represents individuals from all walks of life, professions, and ages that stand accused of DWI/DUI. Nathan understand that this process can be embarrassing both socially and professionally. Drawing on our vast experience, our attorneys will carefully explain the sentencing guidelines and discuss potential aggravating/mitigating evidence in your case. If eligible, we will promptly secure and reinstate your driving privileges, this can include pretrial privileges. If the case is one in which a defense can be raised, then we will file the appropriate motions and prepare for trial. At trial, we will professionally and aggressively assert your rights.
Our DWI Services Include:
Developing a personalized plan of action
Obtaining / reinstating driver's licenses and privileges
Advising clients and their loved ones on navigating the complex non-criminal consequences of DWI
Introducing clients to valuable community resources, including: counseling services, alcohol assessors, inpatient substance abuse programs, outpatient substance abuse programs, ignition interlock providers, community services opportunities, and insurance providers.
Call soon, if you are currently suspended as a result of a recent DUI charge, you may be eligible for a Pre-trial privilege.
Nathan has represented individuals accused of criminal offenses ranging from minor speeding tickets to capital murder since 2003. Although the consequences and strategies differ in each case, his approach remains the same. In order for the client-lawyer relationship to be successful, there must actually be a relationship. It must be a relationship where the client feels comfortable and confident that their lawyer truly cares about their case. Secondly, there is no substitute for preparation. There is no consistent way for an attorney to reach the best possible result unless he takes the time and steps necessary to be fully prepared in each and every case. Finally, an attorney must be open to negotiate, but willing and able to aggressively litigate for his client. Nathan uses this approach to reach the best possible result for his clients.
Nathan is a native of Western North Carolina and graduate of Western Carolina University. He earned his law degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While in law school, he was chosen to intern with the 30th District Attorney's Office as well as one of Virginia Beach's largest and most respected criminal defense firms. Upon graduation, he moved back home and for nine years worked with Melrose, Seago & Lay, P.A., where he was a partner for five years.
After meeting attorney David Moore and recognizing similar commitment to client values, Earwood and Moore, P.A. was opened with a vision of being known for knowledgeable, well-prepared and aggressive client representation. Over the next five years the firm grew aggressively to five lawyers and three offices.
In 2017, Nathan, in an effort to have firm entirely committed to providing reliable and quality criminal defense representation, Nathan branched off to form the Law Office of Nathan Earwood. Nathan doesn't dabble in criminal defense, this is all he does and he thoroughly enjoys finding solutions to difficult situations and protecting individual rights. Nathan is a skilled trial lawyer in the courtroom, but has a calming and comforting demeanor in the office, where he can clearly explain the most complex legal situation with his clients.
Nathan is active in his community, church, coaching youth sports and legal organizations and has served on various boards including the Criminal Justice Partnership Program and the Salvation Army. He is a past or present member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers, North Carolina Bar Association, Advocates for Justice, Young Trial Lawyers Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and more.
Nathan has represented several individuals throughout western North Carolina charged with first-degree murder and has attended the "Capital College" in Raleigh, NC. Nathan's trial experience is second to none, having tried the most serious of cases including first degree murder and rape. Each year, Nathan attends multiple continuing education courses devoted to innovative ways to better represent those accused of crimes. Nathan prides himself on being a "student of the law," keeping current on the most recent Court of Appeals and Supreme Court opinions relating to his practice. Nathan has also worked on post-conviction cases throughout his career and received relief from the Court in State v. Chapman, 18 N.C. App. 378 (2007) and a new trial in State v. Webb, 197 N.C. App. 619 (2009)
Nathan lives in Waynesville with his wife, the Honorable Kristina Earwood, a District Court Judge, and their two wonderful children.
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