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James Bradley Smith

James Bradley Smith

Criminal Defense Lawyer
Arnold & Smith, PLLC
Charlotte, NC
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About James Bradley Smith

Attorney 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 has received several awards from the National Trial Lawyers Association including Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina as well as the Top 40 Under 40 award.

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense (14%)
DUI / DWI (9%)
Federal Crimes (7%)
Drug Crimes (7%)
Marijuana Law (7%)
Juvenile Defense (7%)
Domestic Violence (7%)
Criminal Appellate Law (7%)
Seal or Expunge Criminal Record (7%)
Firearm and Weapon Charges (7%)
White Collar Crime (7%)
Probation Violations (7%)
Sex Crimes (7%)
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Bar Licenses

North Carolina State Bar
North Carolina
Member in Good Standing

Work Experience

Arnold & Smith, PLLC
Managing Member at Arnold & Smith, PLLC


Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law

North Carolina State University

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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Awards & Honors

Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer

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Recognized for Professional Involvement
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Contact James Bradley Smith

James Bradley Smith
Arnold & Smith, PLLC
200 N McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Office: 704-370-2828
Fax: 704-370-2202

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Bar Membership Information

North Carolina State Bar -

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Nonprofit Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.