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Paul Y. K. Castle

Criminal defense Attorney at Jacksonville, NC

5.0   12 reviews
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  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 19 years
    New York - NY 19 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2005
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Paul

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Mr. Castle studied philosophy in his twenties.  After obtaining a Ph.D. in that field from the University of Chicago, he went on to study law at Duke University School of Law.  At the beginning of his legal career, Mr. Castle served as a prosecutor in Onslow and Jones Counties, North Carolina.  Since 2007, he has been in private practice and has passionately represented and assisted hundreds of clients with all sorts of legal matters.  Mr. Castle concentrates in civil and criminal litigation.


As a native of South Korea, Mr. Castle loves spicy food.  He is an avid fan of combat sports.  He himself has dabbled in Tae Kweon Do and Judo.  He is married with two lovely daughters, two dogs and three kittens.

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The Castle Law Firm, P.C.
502 College St
Jacksonville, NC, 28540-4706
Castle, Peterson & Naylor, P.C.
628 S. Main Street
Kenansville, NC, 28349
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2020
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Excellent Lawyer
Paul Castle is such a talented lawyer. I truly thank him for his help and his willingness to fight for us no matter the state of our situation. Also, his front office staff are very helpful and a delight to deal with as well!
Posted by Travis | October 4, 2019
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Consistently out performed my expectations
Knowledge and level of effort that are worth worth 4x what he charges. The guy worked twice as hard as my last attorney that literally changed me a retainer 4x what Mr Castle charged me. I can't say enough good things about this group of professionals. I know some will read this glowing review and think it to be a shill or fake review, but I dont care. I wont give this review any less than Mr Castle gave me in court. I consulted with several attorneys before choosing The Castle Law firm. Mr. Castle was the only one that was willing to do the extra work and go the extra mile to get all the charges before I turned myself in. So I knew what I was facing before hand, to properly be prepared. That set the tone for the kind of service I received through out the entire case. Because of his effort he got me bail so cheap I could pay the bond without even going to the atm, then he got me a really great deal from the ADA. But I was dead set on clearing my name so we went to trial. The staff was always helpful keeping me updated and were easy to deal with. When the trial started I was able to see why Castle is known as the best damn trial lawyer in 3 county's. He stayed cool under pressure when the pretrial motions started. All the while I'm losing faith in the justice system with every motion the judge gives the prosecution. And the jury selection didnt make it look any better. By the time the ADA was done presenting the first witness I felt beaten. But not Castle. He reminded me, in not so many words, that it's not the luck of the draw the matters it's the way you play your cards, that count. Once the state rested their case, Mr Castle began to slowly present his facts. Strategically shining a light on the holes in their case. With every question he asked you started to see a whole new picture coming to light. It was not long after that, I felt the tide begin to turn in our favor. As the fact pattern developed you could see he was in total control of everyone's attention in that court room, it was like a general leading the army to battle. The closing argument brought the different pieces together the way a conductor brings together the instruments of an orchestra. He gave the jury a chance to see and hear past the smoke and mirrors presented by a prosecutor that seemed to care more about winning than he cared about truth... the only thing I remember after that is hearing the judge say "Not Guilty"
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2019
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Back Child Support [SIX STARS]
The Castle Law Firm defended me in Onslow County Family Court. Not only did we win our case, Paul Castle convinced the judge to order my ex wife to pay my legal fees. PUT the Castle Law Firm telephone number in your cellphone contacts list!
Posted by HAYDEE | January 8, 2018
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Knowledge, respect and professionalism
Mr. Castle is a winner. Dedicated and professional. He will give your case all his attention and will give you his honest opinion of the case. No lawyer talk, but will explain in a way that you understand. Good man and professional I endorse him fully. You will be glad you did hire his service.
Posted by kelly | November 25, 2015
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Child Custody
I was involved in a child custody case in which I had hired 2 previous attorneys. At the time of my separation I lived in Jacksonville, but moved to Maryland with my son. Being at a disadvantage of living in another state, the 2 previous attorneys did not look out for my sons best interest It was a horrible experience until I was referred to Mr. Castle. Mr. Castle took on my case and tried to fix the mess that was made by the previous attorneys. After months of his determination and dedication it finally was settled and my son and I can now move with our lives. Mr. Castle showed me the compassion and respect that no other lawyer attempted. He used every resource possible to help me and looked at my son as a person not a possession that I was fighting for. He was my angel sent to help me through this difficult time. I would recommend him to anyone needing any legal representation. His honesty through this whole process kept me focused. There were times when I was so upset and thought the odds were against me, but he always kept me on track. He guided me every step of the way and at the very end, he put everything he had together and we finally settled the case on my terms. He is not only an excellent attorney but a wonderful person who I am so blessed to have on my side throughout this time.
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Posted by Wendell | September 10, 2015
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Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon
I went to trial with Mr. Castle for the charge of Robbery with a dangerous weapon. He worked hard with me and helped me to get a verdict of not guilty. He's the best representation I've ever had, and he is very focused and determined to win. The odds in this case were very much against us, and i thought for sure i'd be convicted and sentenced to 6-8 years, but Mr. Castle remained calm the whole time and his advice and courtroom tactics are VERY effective. He was proactive about contacting my family about any updates and he came to see me every time I had a question or concern. Because of Mr. Castle, my innocence was proven in style. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Castle to anyone with criminal charges. Like I said, the odds of my case were VERY much against us, but he was still able to help me win this case.
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2015
Quick, easy and knows his stuff
I contacted Mr. Castle on a recommendation of a friend for a speeding ticket. They explained my options and gave me all the information, I would need to make an educated decision. The process went smoothly and there were no curve balls or last minute changes. In the event that you are ever in a situation like this, get a lawyer and get this lawyer. Both Mr. Castle and Misty were extremely professional and helpful.
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Posted by Susan | December 4, 2014
Child Custody
Mr. Castle and his very competent staff were outstanding! Mr. Castle was honest and forthright from the beginning of his handling our custody case. His staff keeps careful records and is courteous and professional at all times. No call or email ever went unanswered. Mr. Castle honored his commitment to our family. He is thorough and skillful - someone to be trusted and that's important when it comes to hiring someone to be your representative.
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2014
Felony Charges
My husband and I were both charged with 2 felonies and after his hard work and dealing with the DA he was able to get them reduced to 1 misdemeanor Obstruction of Justice, he and his office staff were always ready to attend to our calls and questions. They are very professional and personable. They are a great Staff and Attorney. I highly recommend Castle Law Firm to anyone.
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Posted by Debra and David | November 15, 2014
Not only a fantastic Attorney, but a wonderful human being as well.
Mr. Castle represented both my husband and myself, in what can only be described as: A hard fought battle. When the outcome was finally determined in our favor, tears of joy ran down my face. His diligence, determination & all around knowledge of the law, is absolutely awe inspiring & ultimately what won our case. That's just his professionalism. As a person, Mr. Castle's compassion in taking on our appeal at no charge, is a direct showcase of his upstanding character. From start to finish; a year and a half long battle, where Mr. Castle and his team never faltered; never gave up. Adding, we were always kept informed and up to date on all relevant proceedings. We will never forget Mr. Castle and what he's done for my husband and I. He will be kept in my memory as one of those amazing people you were fortunate to have met in your lifetime. Again, an amazing attorney & even more, a wonderful, trustworthy, outstanding human being.
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Posted by Chester | October 17, 2014
Superior quality representation!
I am thoroughly pleased at the professional job which Paul and his entire law firm did on my behalf. Throughout every step of the process, Paul and his team kept me keenly aware and thoroughly informed of every matter which they would undertake. Ultimately, I received a favorable decision and would like to thank Paul and his team deeply and immensely for the extremely professional and well perform job which they did on my behalf. I would HIGHLY and strongly recommend Paul's team to anyone seeking any legal counsel for any matters.
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Posted by Lawrence | February 2, 2012
Outstanding Lawyer
I received outstanding service from Paul Castle and his law office. I was always informed and had a strong sense of trustworthiness and always incountered unmatched proffesionalism and politeness. I will always recommend Paul Castle as a lawyer. I hope I can help someone out as a friend did me in recommending him with extreme confidence.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Office of the District Attorney, 4th Judicial District
  • 2005 - 2007


  • Duke University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2004
  • University of Chicago
  • Ph.D.
  • 2001
  • Columbia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Rodney Stokes, 10CRS 55998
  • Not guilty of every offense other than assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious injury


  • Onslow County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • District Bar Association, 4th Judicial District
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • 4th Judicial District Bar Association
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • 4th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014


  • Law and Class in America
  • "The Misfortunes of the Family Farm"
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (6)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had multiple domestic cases with Attorney Castle and his associates. He is a very honorable man and an excellent attorney. He gives 100% effort in the courtroom to obtain the best possible result for his clients. He also is a great mentor for his associates setting the standard very high for them to follow."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Castle has a wealth of experience in both prosecuting claims for custody and in defending them. He offers a unique skillset which has made him a superb trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul is a seasoned trial attorney that works night and day to craft the best defenses for all of his clients. He will fight for you in the courtroom and beyond."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an excellent attorney. He represents his clients with skill and zeal."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"An extraordinarily competent and fierce advocate for clients in both criminal and civil (divorce/custody) court. And he truly listens to clients to make sure he understands their goals."
Unknown Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for always showing dedication to clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Castle is an extremely skilled attorney who provides the highest level of defense to his clients. I fully endorse him as a defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as a respected local attorney who represents clients with passion and zeal. Mr. Castle is approachable, listens to client concerns and always makes himself available to fellow attorneys to discuss local issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Castle has the experience and knowledge to guide client's through the toughest situations."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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