Brent D. Ratchford

I believe that you are entitled to receive fast and effective solutions to your legal matters.

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Firm Overview

You need a knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer who will explain your legal rights in easy-to-understand terms. With unswerving integrity, I will fight to protect you and your rights during the legal process so that you can move on with your life. I ensure that you, not the lawyer, will make the key decisions, and will aid you in those decisions by giving you the accurate information you need and deserve. I will guide, counsel and help you understand your choices and will work with you to achieve the best possible result as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

I never hide the truth, and I value the solid and trustful relationships that I have built with my clients. The backbone of my law firm is the client, so I believe that my clients deserve the best representation available. As the attorney, my role is to listen to your thoughts and concerns, and then represent your legal interests to the best of
Main Office

Main Office
223 W. Main Avenue, Suite B
Gastonia  NC 

Phone
  • 7048683434
Criminal Defense
Gastonia, North Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a crime in North Carolina, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. For more than 16 years, attorney Brent D. Ratchford has been fighting to defend the rights of our clients, and have built our reputation on getting results. I am intimately familiar with all facets of the North Carolina criminal justice system, and have the knowledge and ability to help guide you through the process and understand your legal options. I have represented numerous clients in local, state and federal courts on charges ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies, including:

-Arson
-Assault and battery
-Burglary
-Domestic violence
-Drug possession
-Drunk driving offenses
-Homicide
-Rape
-Robbery
-Theft/larceny
-Traffic violations
-White collar crime

No matter what obstacle has been placed in your way, rest assured that the I will help you overcome it, and will work to attain the best possible result for you.

Going the extra mile for your freedom
I go the extra mile to ensure that you get the justice that you deserve. I take my oath to provide exemplary service very seriously, and through meticulous preparation and a firm attention to detail, I strive to achieve that goal. I personally speak with witnesses, review police records, and examine the alleged crime scene with a fine-toothed comb if necessary. I can also bring in experts to challenge the prosecution and assist me in preparing trial strategy. Nothing is more important than your freedom. If you need a defense attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact me today.

Don't delay, contact The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford today
When you have been charged with a crime, choose a criminal defense attorney with the experience and dedication to make a difference. Call 704-868-3434 or contact me online to schedule an appointment. With my office conveniently located in Gastonia, North Carolina, I stand ready to represent you in your criminal matter.
DUI and DWI
Gastonia, North Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a crime in North Carolina, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. For more than 16 years, attorney Brent D. Ratchford has been fighting to defend the rights of our clients, and have built our reputation on getting results. I am intimately familiar with all facets of the North Carolina criminal justice system, and have the knowledge and ability to help guide you through the process and understand your legal options. I have represented numerous clients in local, state and federal courts on charges ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies, including:
-Arson
-Assault and battery
-Burglary
-Domestic violence
-Drug possession
-Drunk driving offenses
-Homicide
-Rape
-Robbery
-Theft/larceny
-Traffic violations
-White collar crime

No matter what obstacle has been placed in your way, rest assured that the I will help you overcome it, and will work to attain the best possible result for you.

Going the extra mile for your freedom
I go the extra mile to ensure that you get the justice that you deserve. I take my oath to provide exemplary service very seriously, and through meticulous preparation and a firm attention to detail, I strive to achieve that goal. I personally speak with witnesses, review police records, and examine the alleged crime scene with a fine-toothed comb if necessary. I can also bring in experts to challenge the prosecution and assist me in preparing trial strategy. Nothing is more important than your freedom. If you need a defense attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact me today.
Traffic Tickets
Traffic Violations Attorney Serving North Carolina
While many view traffic violations as minor infractions and nuisances, traffic tickets and moving violations have the power to wreak havoc on your life. Fees quickly mount, and points from tickets can cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket or result in a revoked or suspended license. Attorney Brent D. Ratchford does not underestimate the seriousness of traffic violations and doggedly works on your behalf to get the charges you face reduced or dismissed.

Handling a wide array of traffic violation cases
I have represented clients in North Carolina traffic violation cases involving:
-Reckless driving
-Speeding
-Expired registration
-Expired license
-Running a red light or stop sign
-Failure to signal when changing lanes
-Failure to wear a seatbelt
-Driving under the influence
-Driving without a license or with a suspended license
-Leaving the scene of an accident
-Violating license restrictions
-Hit-and-run accidents

Whether you have been charged with a moving or nonmoving violation, I possess the knowledge needed to protect your best interests in traffic court.

My process
I take a detail-oriented approach to traffic violation defense cases. I interview you to obtain as much information as possible regarding the circumstances surrounding your moving violation, examining every aspect of your case to see if the police officer violated standard procedures or failed to perform their duties as required. I explore every scenario to determine your best course of action, and I attend your trial to question those testifying against you.

Brent Ratchford

Practice Areas
Criminal Law; Juvenile Law; Traffic Violations; Federal Criminal Law; Driving While Intoxicated; Trial Practice; Personal Injury; Wrongful Death

Admitted: 1996, North Carolina
Law School: Norman A. Wiggins School of Law, J.D.
Member: Gaston County Bar Association (Former President and Treasurer); North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Born: 1970

My firm opened in May 1997. I, Brent D. Ratchford, am the sole Proprietor/owner of the firm.
My firm is located in Gastonia, NC, where I was born and raised.

Some of my scholastic achievements are:
- Campbell University Law School - Juris Doctorate - Norman A. Wiggins School of Law
- Student Court Defense Attorney
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte, BS Accounting
- Dean's List
- Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
- Kappa Sigma Fraternity President
- Student Government
- Order of Omega Honor Society

Some of My Business Achievements are

- Gaston County Bar Association - President, Treasurer, Secretary
- North Carolina Bar Association Member
- American Bar Association Member
- North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
Education
  • Norman A. Wiggins School of Law
    Juris Doctorate
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