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Gastonia DWI Defense Attorney

I am Brent D. Ratchford, a Gastonia attorney for DWI and traffic violations who has represented thousands of clients from North Carolina and from other states. Whether you are a local resident or you are simply traveling through on your way to Atlanta or Greensville, you can count on my law firm for skilled advice.

I handle a wide array of criminal law and traffic law matters, including:

  • DWI/drunk driving
  • Excessive speeding, reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving on an expired license
  • Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
  • Failing to signal lane change


You should never underestimate how serious traffic violations can be. Too many points on your record can mean losing your driver’s license, paying very high insurance costs and more. As your lawyer, I will work diligently on your behalf to get the charges you face reduced or dismissed.

My Four-Step Course Of Action

I take a detail-oriented approach to traffic violation defense matters:

  • First, a full interview to get the details and information about the circumstances of the traffic stop
  • Second, I will ensure the police officer followed the correct procedure and informed you accurately about the purpose of the stop
  • Third, Work aggressively to scope set up the most effective strategy for success
  • Fourth, I will be present at your hearings and trial and will question any witnesses the police may bring against you

Contact My Gastonia Firm Today

I have more than 25 years of experience representing clients in North Carolina traffic courts. Contact my law firm by email or at 704-215-4493 for a free initial consultation. I stand prepared to do all I can to minimize the negative effects of a drunk driving charge or traffic violation on your life.