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Timothy Dugan

Timothy Dugan

Innovative, Passionate, & Experienced DWI Attorney. Aggressive Criminal Defe
  • DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law...
  • North Carolina
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Tim is the attorney you want in your corner when you're in trouble. He will fight tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected.
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As a trial lawyer, I am dedicating to defending my clients in both the criminal and civil courts.

I am the founder of The Law Offices of Timothy Dugan, a local full-service law firm serving southeastern North Carolina.

My practice has two focus areas. I mainly represent individuals charged with DUI/DWI and criminal offenses in Brunswick, Columbus and New Hanover counties. I also represents those charged with traffic violations in Brunswick, Bladen, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender Counties.

The second pillar of my practice is in civil litigation. I represent business owners, consumers, and people injured by other peoples negligence. I primarily handle civil matters in Brunswick, Columbus and New Hanover Counties, but I also represented people in Bladen and Pender Counties in civil court.

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Online and In-person; we also accept E-checks.
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    The Law Offices of Timothy Dugan offers a variety of billing options, including flat fees that include court costs for traffic offenses, flat fees for DWI, criminal defense and some civil matters; and contingent fees for personal injury matters. We also offer payment plan options.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Trial Attorney
Dugan & Leger, PLLC
- Current
Trial attorney focusing on Traffic Defense, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Family Law and Business Law.
Research Assistant
Elon University School of Law
Research Assistant for Dean of Law School. Performed research and drafting for N.C. Civil Procedure Litigation Reference Manual.
Legal Intern
Roane Law
Legal intern in Personal Injury Law Firm which focused on serious car wrecks and Nursing Home Negligence/ Abuse cases.
Jeffcoat Law Firm
Intern at Real Estate and Bankruptcy focused law firm.
Elon University
J.D. (2015)
Honors: Dean's List, Order of Barristers
Activities: TYLA National Mock Trial Team; Senior Articles Editor, Business Law Journal; Treasurer, Business Law Association; Volunteer Aid, AARP Tax Clinic
Coastal Carolina University
B.A. (2011) | Political Science
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Dean'S List, President's List
Activities: Member, S.T.A.R. (Community Service Org); Habitat for Humanity; Student Rep, Campus Judicial Board; Member, Mock Trial Team
S.U.N.Y. Orange
A.S. (2009) | Business Administration
Order of Barristers
Awarded for excellence in trial advocacy.
Professional Associations
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar # 49171
Brunswick County Bar Association
Attorney Member
- Current
District 13 Bar Association
Attorney Member
- Current
Websites & Blogs
The Law Offices of Timothy Dugan
The Law Offices of Timothy Dugan - Blog
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3 Questions Answered

Q. Is the NHTSA standard field sobriety test mandatory on a DUI stop in NC ?
A: The simple answer is no. A driver may refuse to partake in any testing, including a breathalyzer. However, with breathalyzers specifically, the refusal to provide a sample is a crime by itself. The law governing refusals only speaks to breathalyzers, and thus I do not believe SFST's are mandatory. Please note this answer is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended, not should it be considered legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed by the answering of this or any other question. Best, Tim
Q. How can I get a ticket for driving after consuming when I was pulled over and blew a .000 and was not arrested
A: It depends on the actual charge. The Impaired Driving statute in North Carolina has three different approaches for a law enforcement officer to charge you. One method requires a BAC or blood alcohol concentration of .08; and another requires proof of any schedule 1 substance via a blood test. The third method, however, requires only "appreciable impairment." Appreciable impairment is usually proven by a the police officer's observations, such as the results of any field sobriety tests. A DWI can have a substantial impact on ones future. I highly recommend speaking with a criminal defense attorney, as they can provide a much fuller answer based on your exact situation. Please note this answer is provided for informational purposes and is not intended not should it be considered legal advice. No attorney- client relationship is formed by the answering of this or any other question on Justia.
Q. A friend got a dui, and on her papers one say's court time 9 am, the other1pm, spelled name wrong,vehicle wrong! case?
A: NC Gen stat 15A-922(f) provides that a police officer may amend a citation at any point up until final judgment, so long as he does not change the nature of the offense. Whether there are fatal errors on your friend's citations are impossible to answer without seeing the documents first hand. As to the court times, I would be there before 9AM, and make sure there are not multiple offenses charged requiring your friend to make the 1pm session as well. Your friend should speak to a DWI Defense attorney to discuss the possible defenses to her case and the process going forward. This answer is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended nor should it be considered legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed by answering this or any subsequent questions.
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The Law Offices of Timothy Dugan
3904 Business 17 E
Bolivia, NC 28422
Telephone: (910) 253-5400
The Law Offices of Timothy Dugan
321 N. Front Street
Wilmington , NC 28401
Telephone: (910) 253-5400