CRIMINAL DEFENSEPre Charge And Post Conviction

WHAT WE DOPre-charge representation in North Carolina

It is important that your rights be protected in any type of investigation, regardless of whether or not charges or a police report have been officially filed.

Whether you are under investigation for a crime or have been accused of one, many individuals think that they do not have to do anything since formal charges have not been filed. Others think that they have nothing to fear because they have not done anything wrong. Still others are swayed by the comment from the officer or investigator that “we just want to hear your side of the story” or that “getting a lawyer is admission of guilt.” However, it is possible to retain a qualified lawyer for pre-charge representation. It is RARELY to your advantage to admit ANYTHING to law enforcement or a company’s in-house investigators. You can be assured that it will be used against you.

As an experienced attorney, Mr. Shook can:

  • Speak to law enforcement on your behalf
  • Proffer our evidence to them without binding you to a particular version
  • Negotiate charge reductions or charge dismissals or perhaps even that no charges are brought in the first place
  • Negotiate release from the custody
  • Negotiate self-surrender (so you go to the police at a time convenient to you and your family, and they are not arresting you in front of your family, co-workers and neighbors)

Criminal defense attorney Ron Shook has years of criminal defense experience, and personally manages each client’s case. In that time, he has defended many clients against charges, often getting charges dismissed or reduced before trial. He understands how to present a case in a persuasive way to the prosecutor and the judge. If you are facing charges, you need to talk to a lawyer with the experience to protect your rights.

(Note that we may associate an attorney in another firm to assist with some cases. We also, of course, employ capable support staff who handle various administrative aspects of cases.)

We at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Shook provide representation to individuals before any charges are even filed. Under the guidance of experienced attorney Ron Shook, we handle matters related to investigation or pending charges in cases such as:

If you are under investigation or have had a police report filed against you and think that you may be facing criminal charges, do not discuss the situation with anyone but your lawyer. Contact our Gastonia office to arrange a pre-charge consultation with attorney Ron Shook.

Our firm takes the time to examine all aspects of the case, including any police reports that may have been filed. By getting in touch with a lawyer before charges are filed, we may be able to enter into negotiation with the prosecution to work out a deal before anything is set in the case. We can also make recommendations and possibly intervene during any police investigations. Our firm may be able to negotiate a reduced bond or negotiate for probation instead of any jail time.

Never talk to a police officer without talking to a lawyer first.

Protect your rights. If you have been arrested or will be charged with any crime or traffic violation, it is important to speak with a criminal defense lawyer at the first opportunity in order to avoid mistakes that could permanently damage your case.

Contact us today

Call 704-671-2390 or email our Gastonia office to schedule a consultation to discuss negotiation, investigation and charges defense.

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The Law Offices of
Ronald J. Shook

121 E. Main Ave, Gastonia NC 28052

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     10.0Ronald James Shook II


Attorney Ronald J. Shook provides clients at our firm with strong, competent representation based on hard work, determination, and a desire to do the right thing.

Our mission is to take the weight off of our clients’ shoulders, and handle their concerns so that they can get on with their lives.


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