Ryan T. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Charlotte, NC

RTS Law Group
 | 1800 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-552-4444
Fax: 704-973-9468
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (60%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Defending people against criminal charges and advocating for them in personal injury matters is what Ryan T. Smith does best. He is the managing attorney at RTS Law Group in Charlotte, North Carolina. Since being licensed to practice in the state, he has repeatedly helped clients reach their goals through effective and efficient representation.

    In his criminal law practice, especially in DUI cases, Mr. Smith is known for securing case dismissals and not-guilty verdicts. As a member of groups such as the North Carolina Bar Association and the Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, he has access to invaluable tools and resources. He knows how to pick apart the prosecution and illustrate items such as procedural mistakes and illegal searches.

    For his outstanding track record, Mr. Smith has been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40; he holds a 10.0 Avvo rating, and Business North Carolina named him a Legal Elite in 2016 after being voted as that year's Top Criminal Lawyer by his peers.

    Even more important than the recognition from the legal community is the praise he garners from clients and peers. Mr. Smith is highly regarded for his professionalism, discretion and compassion for whatever situation clients find themselves in. He believes that everyone deserves quality representation, and he works with people to find solutions that are mindful of their time and money.

    After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration and graduating magna cum laude from Marshall University in 2003, Mr. Smith received a Juris Doctor in 2007 from the West Virginia University College of Law. While there, he was a member of the school’s law review.

    When he is not with clients, Mr. Smith shares his knowledge with others both through speaking engagements and in published articles.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 30%Criminal Defense
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    DUI/DWI, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents


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    Rising Stars: 2016 - 2020

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    About Ryan Smith

    Admitted: 2008, North Carolina

    Professional Webpage: http://rtslawgroup.com/ryan-t-smith/


    • Super Lawyers  (2016-2019), Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2019
    • Top Voted Criminal Law Lawyer in NC  Legal Elite (2016), Voted Top Criminal Lawyer in NC, Legal Elite, 2016
    • TOP 40 UNDER 40  National Trial Lawyers (2017), Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers, 2017
    • TOP 30 UNDER 30 - Elevate Lifestyle - Charlotte (2010), Top 30 Under 30, Elevate Lifestyle - Charlotte, 2010
    • Law Review - West Virginia University College of Law, Law Review, West Virginia University College of Law, 2006

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Commissioner of the MCB Lawyer Basketball League
    • Mecklenburg County Bar
    • Western District of North Carolina (Federal Court), 2009
    • North Carolina State Bar
    • North Carolina (State Court)
    • Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (MCCDLA)
    • YMCA of the Greater Charlotte Area

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Law Review - West Virginia University College of Law (2006-2007)
    • Law Review (West Virginia University School of Law)  
    • “Bulls Eye”: How Public Universities in West Virginia Can Creatively Comply with Title IX without the Targeted Elimination of Men’s Sports Teams - West Virginia Law Review (2008)
    • Counterfeit Drugs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology (2006)


    Educational Background:

    • Marshall University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2003)  

    Industry Groups

    • Car Accidents
    • Criminal Defense
    • DUI
    • DWI
    • Guardianship
    • Incompetency
    • Personal Injury
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    Office Location for Ryan T. Smith

    1800 East Blvd
    Charlotte, NC 28203

    Phone: 704-552-4444

    Fax: 704-973-9468

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    Last Updated: 7/20/2020

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