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I am a 1990 graduate of the School of Law of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I attended as a Van Hecke Scholar. I have also earned degrees in the humanities from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


I have practiced law since 1990. I devote my legal practice almost exclusively to DWI/DUI and traffic cases. Since 1990, I have represented more than 20,000 clients. These have included numerous DWI cases that presented challenging legal issues and significant obstacles, and I have successfully defended many clients who were advised by others to simply plead guilty.


Someone once said that "experience is the name that people give to their previous mistakes." It's true. Lawyers learn by doing. In learning their craft, they learn hard lessons, often at the expense of the people who hire them. The truth is this: I am a much better attorney after having practiced for 23 years than I was after 2, or 5, or 10, or 15 years. At this point in my career, after representing thousands of people like you, I've pretty much seen it all. I know what works....and what doesn't. I've learned that good, really good, DWI defense, is the result of dedication to the specific expertise required of DWI law coupled with the experience of having done it time and time again. So, when deciding who to entrust your DWI defense to, first ask yourself what specific experience does this attorney have in representing DWI defendants? How many years have they practiced? Do they specialize in DWI defense, or do they claim to do all sorts of different law? How many DWI cases have they tried? Finally, ask yourself this: do I want my defense to be a learning experience for my attorney, or should I entrust my defense to an experienced, competent attorney who won't be learning at my expense?


Languages spoken: English, French

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    27 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Speeding Ticket: 10%
    27 years, 24 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

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Contact info

5 W Hargett St Rm 403
Raleigh, NC, 27601-1478



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Censure
    issued in NC, 1997


    This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    Timothy’s comment: “In 1996, I accepted a position in Law at the University of Amsterdam for year. I hired another attorney to manage my practice while away. After moving to Europe, the attorney I hired left my practice without notice. It took me one month to sever ties with University and move back to USA to deal with pending clients she had left high and dry. The attorney I hired has since been disciplined extensively and is, frankly, a complete nut. Lesson learned.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best DWI Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
100 Best DWI AttorneysNational Advocacy for DUI Defense LLC2014
Highest Rated Lawyer, Raleigh, NClawyerratingz.com2014
100 Best DWI AttorneysNational Advocacy for DUI Defense LLC2013
Highest Rated LawyerLawyerRatingz.com2013
Highest Rated LawyerLawyerRatingz.com2012
Highest Rated LawyerLawyerRatingz.com2011
Highest Rated LawyerLawyerRatingz.com2010
Maurice T. Van Hecke Law Alumni Association ScholarshipMaurice T. Van Hecke Law Alumni Association1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AttorneyLaw Office Timothy Vanderweert1990 - Present
Legal InternYates, McLamb & Weyher, LLP1989 - 1989
Legal InternGlaxo Smith Kline1988 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Wake County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial LawyersMember2006 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association FoundationMember1990 - Present
North Carolina BarLicensed Attorney1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. JSCharges Dismissed. No Reasonable Suspicion found for the stop of the defendant's vehicle
State v. BB, Wake County Superior Courtall charges dismissed by State
State v. TJ, Wake County Superior CourtNot Guilty Jury Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
SPEOS ParisDroit a l'Image in French civil and penal Law2005
SPEOS ParisPrivacy Rights and Rights to One's Image2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawReligious StudiesMA - Masters1998
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillReligious StudiesMA - Masters1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Justice For AllFree Legal Aid2013
Ask a Lawyer DayDWI Law2012
University of North Carolina School of LawStarting a Solo Law Practice1996
Seminar, Amsterdam School of international RelationsAmerican Criminal Law and Procedure1996
University of North Carolina School of LawStarting a Solo Law Practice1995
University of North Carolina School of LawStarting a Solo Law Practice1994
class offering, Central Carolina Community CollegeSeminar on Basics of NC Law1994