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Arnold & Smith PLLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets ...
  • North Carolina
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M. Ellis` March 8, 2023
Arnold and Smith PLLC staff great and understanding staff I’ve never dealt with the legal system before. But Brad Smith and Katie Lombardo were excellent in explaining every situation with me. I felt like I wasn’t going through this tough situation by myself. I felt comfortable with my legal matter in their hands. I would put them up against anyone, hands down. Not only do I recommend them but also I would call them again if I ever dealt with another legal matter.
Mark Oh March 3, 2023
Accomplished, well versed, competent, very smart attorney I hired Mr. Smith to represent me in a DWI and related charges case. It was the best call I ever made. From the first consultation, Mr. Smith immediately identified the salient points of the case and quickly devised a defense strategy. I was kept abreast of every aspect of the case as it progressed to adjudication. When we went to trial, Mr. Smith executed the defense strategy in the most spectacular fashion. He punched hole after hole in the prosecution's argument relying on his extensive experience and knowledge of the statutes. His defense presentation and subsequent summation left the prosecution slack-jawed when the judge agreed with Mr. Smith that the State simply failed to prove their case. I stood with Mr. Smith before the judge that day in amazement, relief, and deep gratitude as the judge dismissed the case. In my 35 years in banking/finance that involved lots of litigation, I've observed a plethora of attorneys in action: some excellent ones, some not so good. I can attest to Mr. Smith's abilities. He is an excellent attorney. Again, the best call I've ever made has been to engage Mr. J. Bradley Smith Esq. Thank you, sir.
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Biography

Mr. Smith has lived in Charlotte for most of his life. He is a graduate of Charlotte Country Day School and North Carolina State University. He received his law degree from Mercer University where he was a member of the Dean’s List and President of the Federalist Society. Mr. Smith began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for the 26th District in Mecklenburg County, prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor cases. In 2006, Mr. Smith entered private practice, focusing primarily on criminal defense. Over the course of his career, he has represented clients charged with everything from minor traffic violations to homicide. He has many years of experience in Mecklenburg district and superior courts and has argued cases in front of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA. Mr. Smith is frequently asked to appear on television news programs to provide his legal insight into developing stories. In 2013, and again in 2014 he was named the Charlotte Observer's Readers’ Choice Best Lawyer in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been listed as a Super Lawyer in North Carolina since 2011. He is considered one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Video Conferencing
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar
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U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Arnold & Smith PLLC
- Current
Attorney
Andresen & Associates, PC
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Assistant District Attorney
Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office
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Education
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
J.D.
Honors: Dean's List
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North Carolina State University
B.A. | Political Science
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Awards
Rising Stars
Super Lawyers
2012-2024
Legal ELite
Business North Carolina
Charlotte's BEST in Criminal Defense
Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer's Readers' Choice Best Lawyer in Charlotte
Charlotte Observer
Top 40 Under 40
National Trial Lawyers Association
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
National Trial Lawyers Association
Charlotte Observer's Readers' Choice Best Lawyer in Charlotte
Charlotte Observer
Top 50 Entrepreneur Award
Business Leader Magazine
NC Outstanding Young Lawyers - Criminal Defense
American Registry
Emerging Legal Leaders
North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
Professional Associations
U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
Member
Current
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
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National College of DUI Defense
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Carr Historic Society, LLC
Managing Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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North Carolina State Bar
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North Carolina State Bar Mecklenburg County
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Publications
Articles & Publications
CMS high school teacher in court after arrest for sexual activity with student
WBTV Web Staff and Caroline Hicks
Charlotte Man Arrested for Presbyterian Hospital Attacks
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Charlotte Soccer Coach Arrested for Sex With a Minor
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Incarcerated Juveniles in North Carolina Prepare for Sentencing Changes
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http://www.charlottecriminallawyer-blog.com/2012/07/judge-in-trayvon-martin-case-g.html
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UNC Professor Held in Argentina On Drug Charges Close to Release
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Speaking Engagements
Legal Perspective on Jury Selection Process, "Twelve Angry Men" Panel Discussion
Certifications
Certification for DWI detection
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
Websites & Blogs
Website
J. Bradley Smith's Website Profile
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Arnold & Smith PLLC Website
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J. Bradley Smith's Injury Website Profile
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Arnold & Smith PLLC Injury Website
Blog
Charlotte Divorce Lawyer Blog
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Charlotte Injury Lawyers Blog
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Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Blog
Videos
Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "If I simply intend to plead guilty, why do I need a lawyer?" Charlotte DWI Attorney Legal Briefs: If I simply intend to plead guilty, why do I need a lawyer?

Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "If I simply intend to plead guilty, why do I need a lawyer?"

Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Can the police search my car without a warrant?" Charlotte DWI Attorney Legal Briefs: Can the police search my car without a warrant?

Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Can the police search my car without a warrant?"

Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Are breath test results always accurate?" Charlotte DWI Attorney Legal Briefs: Are breath test results always accurate?

Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Are breath test results always accurate?"

Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "What steps should I be taking outside legal guidance to help my DWI... Attorney Legal Briefs: What steps should I be taking outside legal guidance to help my DWI case?

Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "What steps should I be taking outside legal guidance to help my DWI...

Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "What am I obligated to do if I've been pulled for Drinking and... Attorney Legal Briefs: What am I obligated to do if I've been pulled for Drinking and Driving?

Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "What am I obligated to do if I've been pulled for Drinking and...

Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Is there more than one way for police to convict a DWI?" Charlotte DWI Attorney Legal Briefs: Is there more than one way for police to convict a DWI?

Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Is there more than one way for police to convict a DWI?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "What should I do if I have been pulled over and I have been drinking ?" Legal Briefs: What should I do if I have been pulled over and I have been drinking ?

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "What should I do if I have been pulled over and I have been drinking ?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Can I be arrested without evidence against me?" Legal Briefs: Can I be arrested without evidence against me?

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Can I be arrested without evidence against me?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Can I represent myself on a traffic ticket?" Legal Briefs: Can I represent myself on a traffic ticket?

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Can I represent myself on a traffic ticket?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Do I have to perform the field sobriety tests when I'm pulled over for DWI in NC?" Legal Briefs: Do I have to perform the field sobriety tests when I'm pulled over for DWI in NC?

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Do I have to perform the field sobriety tests when I'm pulled over for DWI in NC?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Do I need to hire an attorney if I have been falsely accused?" Legal Briefs: Do I need to hire an attorney if I have been falsely accused?

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Do I need to hire an attorney if I have been falsely accused?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Should I talk to the police?" Legal Briefs: Should I talk to the police?

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Should I talk to the police?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC responds to "The person that called the police doesn't want to press charges, can I still be prosecuted?" Legal Briefs: The person that called the police doesn't want to press charges

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC responds to "The person that called the police doesn't want to press charges, can I still be prosecuted?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "What happens if I am convicted of a DUI or DWI in Charlotte North Carolina?" Legal Briefs: What happens if I am convicted of a DUI or DWI in North Carolina?

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "What happens if I am convicted of a DUI or DWI in Charlotte North Carolina?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?" Legal Briefs: What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Should I ever plead guilty to a charge?" Legal Briefs: Should I ever plead guilty to a charge?

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "Should I ever plead guilty to a charge?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "If I have an outstanding warrant, what should I do?" Legal Briefs: If I have an outstanding warrant, what should I do?

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "If I have an outstanding warrant, what should I do?"

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "How can an attorney help me with my DWI?" Legal Briefs: How can an attorney help me with my DWI?

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question "How can an attorney help me with my DWI?"

Arnold & Smith, PLLC is a full-service criminal defense and civil litigation law firm that provides clients throughout Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties (Cabarrus, Lincoln, Iredell, and Union) with a... Legal Briefs: What is an expungement?

Arnold & Smith, PLLC is a full-service criminal defense and civil litigation law firm that provides clients throughout Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties (Cabarrus, Lincoln, Iredell, and Union) with a...

Arnold & Smith, PLLC is a full-service criminal defense and civil litigation law firm that provides clients throughout Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties (Cabarrus, Lincoln, Iredell, and Union) with a... Legal Briefs: What are the long term effects of being convicted of a crime?

Arnold & Smith, PLLC is a full-service criminal defense and civil litigation law firm that provides clients throughout Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties (Cabarrus, Lincoln, Iredell, and Union) with a...

Arnold & Smith, PLLC is a full-service criminal defense and civil litigation law firm that provides clients throughout Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties (Cabarrus, Lincoln, Iredell, and Union) with a... Legal Briefs: I was found not guilty of a charge, but my record still shows the charge

Arnold & Smith, PLLC is a full-service criminal defense and civil litigation law firm that provides clients throughout Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties (Cabarrus, Lincoln, Iredell, and Union) with a...

Arnold & Smith, PLLC is a full-service criminal defense and civil litigation law firm that provides clients throughout Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties (Cabarrus, Lincoln, Iredell, and Union) with a... Legal Briefs: A past conviction is keeping me from finding work what can I do?

Arnold & Smith, PLLC is a full-service criminal defense and civil litigation law firm that provides clients throughout Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties (Cabarrus, Lincoln, Iredell, and Union) with a...

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Arnold & Smith PLLC
The Historic John Price Carr House
200 N McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Telephone: (704) 370-2828
Fax: (704) 370-2202
Monday: 8:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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