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Ryan T. Smith

DUI and DWI Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   349 reviews

also known as Ryan Smith, R. Thomas Smith

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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    70%
    DWI/Impaired Driving with High Speeds, Revoked-License, DVM Interlock/Refusal/DWI Hearings, anywhere in North Carolina.

    16 years

  2. Criminal defense
    7%
    Major Felonies to Misdemeanors, anywhere in North Carolina.

    16 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    All. Day. Long. High Speeds, Revoked-License, DVM Interlock/Refusal/DWI Hearings, anywhere in North Carolina.

    16 years

  4. Car accident
    2%
    We represent individuals with major injuries from Car Accidents, Wrongful Death, Assaults, Dog Bites, Slip & Falls, Workers Compensation, Brain Injury etc., that were simply not your fault, anywhere in the United States.

    16 years

  5. Divorce and separation
    1%
    Focuses on Adversarial Proceedings and figuring out creative ways to get results without damaging families.

    16 years

  6. Domestic violence
    1%
    Restraining Order Prosecution & Defense / 50B / 50C

    16 years

  7. Drug Crime
    1%
    We'll discuss the facts. The offense you're charged with | Your criminal history | The quantity of drugs you had

  8. Expungement
    1%
    Looking to get Charges, and potentially Convictions, off your record.

    16 years

  9. Family
    1%
    Focuses on Adversarial Proceedings and figuring out creative ways to get results without damaging families.

    16 years

  10. Guardianship
    1%
    Focuses on Adversarial Proceedings and figuring out creative ways to get results without damaging families.

    16 years

  11. Lawsuits and disputes
    1%
    We represent individuals with major injuries from Car Accidents, Wrongful Death, Assaults, Dog Bites, Slip & Falls, Workers Compensation, etc., that were simply not your fault, anywhere in the United States.

    16 years

  12. Licensing
    1%
    All. Day. Long. High Speeds, Revoked-License, DVM Interlock/Refusal/DWI Hearings, anywhere in North Carolina.

    16 years

  13. Litigation
    1%
    We represent individuals with major injuries from Car Accidents, Wrongful Death, Assaults, Dog Bites, Slip & Falls, Workers Compensation, etc., that were simply not your fault, anywhere in the United States.

    16 years

  14. Motorcycle accident
    1%
    We represent individuals with major injuries from Car Accidents, Wrongful Death, Assaults, Dog Bites, Slip & Falls, Workers Compensation, etc., that were simply not your fault, anywhere in the United States.

    16 years

  15. Personal injury
    1%
    We represent individuals with major injuries from Car Accidents, Wrongful Death, Assaults, Dog Bites, Slip & Falls, Workers Compensation, etc., that were simply not your fault, anywhere in the United States.

    16 years

  16. Sex crime
    1%
    Major Felonies to Misdemeanors, anywhere in North Carolina.

    16 years

  17. Trucking accident
    1%
    We represent individuals with major injuries from Car Accidents, Wrongful Death, Assaults, Dog Bites, Slip & Falls, Workers Compensation, etc., that were simply not your fault, anywhere in the United States.

    16 years

  18. Violent crime
    1%
    Major Felonies to Misdemeanors, anywhere in North Carolina.

    16 years

  19. White collar crime
    1%
    Major Felonies to Misdemeanors, anywhere in North Carolina.

    16 years

  20. Wrongful death
    1%
    We represent individuals with major injuries from Car Accidents, Wrongful Death, Assaults, Dog Bites, Slip & Falls, Workers Compensation, etc., that were simply not your fault, anywhere in the United States.

    16 years

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I love competition and thrive on being a trial lawyer.  I'm known as the 'DWI Guy' and 100% own it.  It's what I do.  I'm in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame as my colleagues voted me as North Carolina's Top Criminal Law Attorney in 2016.  I appreciate all the awards and recognition, from serving on Law Review to Business NC's Top 30 Under 30, to Super Lawyers, to the National Trial Lawyer's Top 40 Under 40, but it's helping people that makes me truly happy.

 

What will become clear after speaking with me?

[1] I'm direct and strategically-aggressive.

[2] My niche is getting people (Judges, Lawyers, DA's Office, etc.) to say "Yes" when they don't want to.

[3] Our custom internal-process and checks & balance systems will be relieving.

Being a certified NBA Player Agent (NBPA), the time I don’t spend battling it out in court, I spend either recruiting NBA prospects or reliving my glory days on the basketball court.  I’ve been the Commissioner of the Mecklenburg County Lawyer Basketball League for years.  Check out the photo-section for our recent Championship portrait.  You’ll have the opportunity to hold our 50lb. gavel as it’s proudly displayed as soon as you walk in our building.

I’m a West Virginia native who fights to the end.  I started my professional career in the Corporate & Investment Banking world.  Although very interesting, I didn’t know my personal end-game until I formed RTS Law Group.  Our employees are sharp, passionate, and feel like they are members of my family (some actually are).  This has all been a dream-come-true.  I’m looking forward to fighting on your behalf.

Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2019 2018 2017 + 3 ...
Top Contributor 2015
Top Contributor
2015

Photos and videos

Being the Basketball Commissioner of the Mecklenburg County Lawyer League, I made sure to keep an out for every big play. #rtsnation
Greg Hardy Domestic Violence Trial - Interview with Attorney Ryan T. Smith
Interview:  Avoiding DWI Charges on Super Bowl Sunday
The beard is turning more white by the day.
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Congratulations, you're attorney search is now over!!
Ryan Smith will make your life easier! After being slapped with a DUI arrest, I experienced the lowest point in my life. Literally, right after I spoke with him over the phone regarding my case I felt relieved and hopeful again. A year later, my case is dismissed. You would be crazy not to hire him! He is the upmost professional with the friendliest staff. Thank you guys once again. I am extremely grateful for this favorable outcome, and my picture off the internet!
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Posted by Chantel | May 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CASE DISMISSED
Got my DUI case DISMISSED! 10/10 would definitely hire if I ever get in trouble again. I recommend Rts law group to everyone !!
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Eased Stress of Citation
One morning, I was pulled over for speeding on 1-485 and at a very stressful moment I found very positive reviews for Mr. Smith. I received a consultation and was very welcoming with the discussion of my situation. Eventually, I was able to just get a fine and no insurance and DMV points. Mr. Smith is very professional and will ensure that you are receiving top notch service.
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Posted by Maria Adams | February 11, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
CREDIT REBUILD
I have old medical bills on my credit report but they have no account numbers and other information that I don’t know of. How do I dispute them out of my credit? My fiancée has stuff on his credit report from 2020 but we can’t get them removed not until we came across PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST the anonymous hacker from a blog who bypass into the 3 credit bureaus and clear off both student loan including negative report on time payment and more before he increased my credit screw up to 800+ within a week. Contact PINNACLE ASAP        for more about credit issues and more on his email: [email protected] or +1 (323) 406-1225.
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Posted by Joel | July 30, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Detailed and Comprehensive
This is the second time I’ve used Ryan for his legal consultation services. His ability to breakdown the details of a situation and provide legal and life guidance is nothing short of excellent.
Posted by Eric | July 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best outcome from the best attorney
The entire RTS Law Group team was fantastic all around - from my initial communication with them regarding my traffic citation, to the status updates their team provided along the way, to ultimately the favorable outcome I was hoping for - I could not give a strong recommendation. Absolutely the best customer experience I've ever had. Do yourself a favor and work with Ryan Smith and David Driscoll at RTS Law Group!
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Posted by Eric | January 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Law Frim & Attorney in Charlotte
If you're in search for a law firm look no further. I hired RTS Law Group to handle a speeding / reckless driving ticket. Ryan and his team made me feel like a VIP client from start to finish, with excellent and timely communication throughout the entire process. Most importantly, I couldn't have aske for better results as they were able to get my citation reduced to an equipment violation. Top notch team, process, and customer service. Thank you Ryan and RTS Law Group. You're the best in business.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney and great support staff!
The attorney was knowledgeable about my concerns and the pending outcome of my case. He and his staff were very prompt, clear and concise throughout the process.
Posted by Shawn | December 9, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Business owner
Ryan Smith assisted my company with very good legal advice and I would advise everyone to use his services if you are in need of a very knowledgeable attorney.
Posted by Eldon | November 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMEND
I remember getting my DWI and thought this was the end of the world. I called multiple law firms and Ryan got back to me 1st! He gave me hope again. He asked me, “what do I want out of this?” I told him, ”I want this to be as if never happened” He didn’t promise me anything, but he was confident. He answered all my questions and believed we can win and we did today. This was definitely a nice ending to a long year. See Ryan, best lawyer in Charlotte!
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client Waxhaw, NC
This was the BEST thing I ever did! Ryan made this process easier than I could have ever imagined. I was terrified what might happen to my insurance and my record. My end result was completely best case scenario. Thank you so much
Posted by Alex | November 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing Service
I called in for advise. I was immediately transferred to ryan after his amazing paralegal spoke with me briefly. he was so helpful and truly cared about my situation. Extremely knowledgeable and went above and beyond to help even though he didnt have to.i can't thank him enough for being so helpful in such a difficult time.
Posted by Jacquie | August 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
simple assault charges
I met with attorney because i was being charged with simple assault (i had never been in trouble with the law in life). I met with attorney to give my statement and at that time i did not hesitate to hire him for my case. The attorney as well as anyone in the office was very helpful with any questions i had moving forward. I met with the attorney prior to my court case because i had no idea what was going to happen. On my court day, my attorney had my case dismissed and i was never charged with simple assault. My attorney was able to get petition granted for expunction.I would highly recommend this attorney for any your needs.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expunction
Ryan T. Smith again took care of everything I needed. Not only knowledgeable but timely throughout the process, not to mention the constant and friendly communication. Can’t recommend them enough!
Posted by Troy | July 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond Expectations, Highly Recommended
I was referred to Ryan through a friend but was still cautious to work with him as I had not met him before. Ryan quickly dismissed any concerns and was not only very personable, but also very professional. Working with him and his team took very little time and the outcome of my case was beyond expectations! I would recommend him to anyone in need of representation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compromising And Reliable
Not only did Mr. Smith get my ticket dismissed, but he took my case on short notice and was able to accommodate my financial situation. I was fearful that I may lose my license due to a history of traffic violations, and needless to say Mr. Smith reassured me that everything would be taken care of without the risk of such action. More than satisfied with his services.
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Posted by Hunter | July 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The ONLY lawyer I trust
I have worked with Ryan more times than I'd like to admit. Ryan has always helped me get the best outcome and avoid any insurance nightmares. His office gets you a quick resolution, keeps you informed, and lets you know how to resolve. In addition one time when the court screwed up a payment issue and suspended my license due to no fault of my own, he was able to resolve it within 24 hours with no additional fee. The best.
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Posted by Glen | May 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Defense Ever!
RTS Law Group took the time to fully understand my particular situation, and I feel got me the absolute best outcome! Facing the cost of the ticket and a potentially significant car insurance rate increase, RTS probably saved me over 10X my legal fee. RTS Law Group is my "go-to" if I ever need their services again, and is the firm I now recommend to family and friends!
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer !!!!
Ryan Smith went far and beyond my expectations. I was referred to Ryan’s firm just a day before the court date, yet Ryan called me in the evening, and spoke in detail. After his phone call, I felt relieved and confident I was in good hands. He worked on my case diligently, and got a perfect resolution sooner than I imagined. I’d certainly recommend Ryan and his team!!
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Posted by Debbie | May 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Confidence in an Attorney is a Great Thing!
RTS Law Group got our son's "Hit and Run" ticket dismissed. Extremely easy to work with and we actually handled everything through email and phone conversations. Our son never had to appear in court. Definitely recommend them!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • CEO | Managing Partner
  • RTS Law Group
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Dillon Moore & Smith
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Partner
  • Dillon & Smith, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Wachovia - Corporate & Investment Banking
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • MacCorkle Lavender, PLLC
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Clinical Law Program
  • West Virginia University College Of Law
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • West Virginia University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Marshall University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • NO PROBABLE CAUSE
  • Judge Dismissed DWI Charge
  • Court Finds No Probable Cause
  • Case Dismissed by Court
  • Court Finds No Reasonable Suspicion
  • Dismissed charge
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Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Lawyer Basketball League
  • Commissioner
  • 2012 - Present
  • Western District of North Carolina (Federal Court)
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • West Virginia Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • YMCA
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Marshall University Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • QC Hoops
  • Sponsor/Coach
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyer Division
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2008
  • West Virginia Law Review
  • Associate Editor
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Business and Politics Summer Abroad Program in Brazil
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Sports Law Society
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Mediterranean Legal Studies Summer Abroad program in Europe
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2003
  • American Marketing Association
  • Vice President
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Alpha Kappa Psi
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers / Rising Stars (DUI/DWI)
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers / Rising Stars
  • 2017
  • Best DWI Lawyers in Charlotte, NC
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers / Rising Stars
  • 2016
  • TOP CRIMINAL LAWYER in NC
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite
  • 2015
  • Top 30 Under 30
  • Elevate Lifestyle - Charlotte
  • 2010
  • Associate Editor
  • Law Review - West Virginia University
  • 2006
  • Law Review
  • West Virginia University College of Law
  • 2006
  • Clinical Law Program Member
  • West Virginia University College of Law
  • 2006
  • Certified
  • LexisNexis & Westlaw
  • 2004
  • Dean's List
  • Marshall University, Lewis College of Business
  • 2003
  • President's Honor Roll
  • Marshall University, Lewis College of Business
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Sports Law Society
  • Lawyer League Basketball & Softball
  • 2014
  • Real Estate 101 - SunTrust Bank
  • Real Estate
  • 2010
  • WEF - Corporate & Investment Bank
  • Deal Partners - Equipment Finance
  • 2008
  • Sales Conference
  • 360 Viewpoint
  • 2004
  • Resident Advisor Welcoming
  • New Residents
  • 2001
  • Resident Advisor Welcoming
  • New Residents
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (40)
Given (50)
Endorse Ryan
Guardianship Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked on the other side of the case from Ryan MANY times. I have always respected his legal ability, advocacy, and honesty. He has a great reputation with the court and other lawyers. I would personally refer him to a valued client if I had a conflict of interest and it was an area that Ryan practiced."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smith is an outstanding asset to our Mecklenburg County Bar and a well respected attorney in Charlotte. He is an agressive advocate for his clients and a great attorney to have on your side for criminal proceedings."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great lawyer, great guy. Ryan really knows his stuff!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having worked with Mr. Smith on several occasions, I can personally attest that he is a very sharp and dedicated attorney who pays special attention to detail in every case. He knows the law and is a fierce advocate both in and out of the courtroom. He has my highest recommendation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ryan is a great guy and even better advocate. I tried many cases against him and can attest that he was always beyond prepared. I highly endorse Ryan."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I’ve had the pleasure of handling many cases against Ryan. In each instance, he represented his client diligently and passionately. Ryan is always professional. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is a smart, aggressive litigator that will protect client interests. He is effective inside and outside of the courtroom representing his clients. I endorse Ryan."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great lawyer with great character."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ryan T. Smith. He is my go-to DUI attorney in Charlotte, NC."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ryan is a very talented lawyer who understands the law and the system and how to get the best possible results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is an excellent attorney who exudes compassion for the law, concern for his clients, and professionalism both inside and outside the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan Smith is an excellent, conscientious lawyer. He excels at fighting hard and achieving great results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Smith comes with my highest recommendation. As a colleague, his perspective has benefited me tremendously."
Guardianship Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Ryan on a guardianship matter. He is very knowledgeable and is well respected in the Clerk’s office. I highly recommend Ryan Smith for guardianship matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is an effective advocate for clients inside and outside of the courtroom. He will take the time to listen to clients and tailor a strategy to fit their specific situation. I endorse Ryan."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Over my 25 year legal career, I have interacted with many lawyers. After having an opportunity to observe Ryan Smith, I was impressed by his commanding knowledge and professional courtroom presentation. It is my privilege to recommend him to someone in need of professional representation. Robert"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is staunch advocate. He is always sure to give his clients the time and attention they deserve."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Smith is about as professional and prepared as anyone could expect the lawyer to be. Ryan is personable and very easy to approach. He is very polished and he represents the profession extremely well. He is the subject matter expert on many topics and I would be very assured if he were my representation. He is often the first car in the parking lot and the last car to leave. He studies each case as if it were his only case and he then goes to work for that client. I am very proud and pleased to be in the same profession as Mr. Smith and look forward to learning as much as I can from such an astute attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
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Charlotte DUI and DWI Lawyer Ryan T. Smith
Ryan T. Smith
DUI and DWI Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available