Traffic Law

DWI, DUI and Substance-related Offenses

Few offenses are treated as seriously in law and by our courts than alcohol or substance related traffic offenses. It is important that a qualified and experienced attorney assist you in defending your case to make sure that your rights are protected and, where possible, you maintain the right to operate motor vehicles. Our staff and attorneys have over a decade of experience working with the local courts to resolve these serious offenses in a way that both serves justice and protects our clients.

Speeding Tickets and Non-substance-related Traffic Offenses

Even the most minor vehicular infraction can present a number of legal pitfalls; although letters from the court present appealing alternatives to lengthy court appearances, the practical implications of paying a traffic fine can have ongoing impact on your personal insurance rates and even influence future judicial dispositions. Our traffic division has a wealth of experience helping clients minimize the ongoing personal impact of traffic infractions.


Sam Coleman

Sam Coleman

Sam has established a reputation as an effective and reasonable advocate for his clients in matters related to traffic offenses.

His experience with the local criminal justice system and familiarity with traffic laws and law enforcement procedures facilitates efficient representation which yields the best results for our clients.

Sam's practical understanding of traffic law facilitates open and clear communication and can ensure that your case will be resolved in the most positive manner available.

James Rainsford

James Rainsford

As a former prosecutor, James understands that every case has to be prepared as if for trial. He has used this knowledge effectively while working as a criminal defense attorney in multiple jurisdictions along the East Coast.

He is known for his strong work ethic and his attention to detail which has made all the difference in trying times. He practices with the knowledge that there is always a defense.

Alonzo Coleman

Alonzo B. Coleman, Jr.

As a retired District Court Judge, Alonzo knows the law and understands traffic court.

Alonzo's personal knowledge of how the law treats various offenses provides a clear understanding of the legal implications associated with your traffic charges.

Alonzo has also dedicated significant time to the mastery of the Spanish language and is ready to assist clients in both English and Spanish.


Contact Us

Coleman, Gledhill, Hargrave, Merritt & Rainsford

129 E. Tryon Street

P.O. Drawer 1529

Hillsborough, NC 27278


919.732.2196 phone
919. 732.7997 fax

To make an appointment to discuss Traffic Law cases and questions:

Helen Overaker

Helen Overaker

Helen worked with Sam in the traffic practice area for many years and retired in 2013. She has come back in a part-time capacity to again devote her considerable traffic expertise to the firm.

(919) 732-1213 |

Shari Metzger

Shari Metzger

Shari joined the firm in the summer of 2017. She previously worked at the Orange County / Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce. She currently works with Sam Coleman handling traffic matters.

(919) 732-1209 |

Cheryl Parker

Cheryl Parker

Cheryl S. Parker retired after 30+ years combined experience with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orange-Chatham District Attorney’s Office. She is a licensed Private Investigator and works part-time in the traffic division with Sam Coleman.

919-732-2196 ext. 238 |