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We Don't Just Defend Cases,
We Represent People

Charles Smith has been certified as a Legal Specialist in Criminal Law by the California State Bar and has over 30 years of legal experience. He is uniquely qualified to handle your case as he is the only attorney in the area who has worked as a police officer (working his way up to the rank of Inspector), a prosecutor, and a POST (Police Officer Standards and Training) instructor before becoming a defense attorney. As Charles is intimately familiar with the investigative techniques the police and prosecutors use, he is able to look at your case and see defenses that others can, and do, miss.

Charles and his staff are dedicated to providing their clients a standard of legal excellence with integrity and compassion that is unparalleled. 

Sonora Criminal Defense Lawyer

Treating Clients with Compassion Since 1987

For over 30 years, our Sonora and San Mateo attorney has put the best interests of his clients first in all criminal defense cases. Being accused of committing a crime can be one of the most stressful situations one can find themselves in, which is why The Law Office of Charles B. Smith provides empathetic and nonjudgmental service. We use our years of experience to build strong cases for clients based on hard evidence, so they don’t need to worry about whether or not they’re being properly represented. Our Sonora criminal defense attorney is here for you until the very end – you’ll never be alone in court with our compassionate team on your side.

Why You Need a Criminal Lawyer

Lacking proper defense in your criminal case can have life-altering costs. You need to hire a legal team that is well-versed in criminal law to represent you and protect your rights. Being accused of a crime can produce feelings of guilt and shame, but the reality is that you have legal rights and are innocent until proven guilty. By hiring legal defense, you’re hiring lawyers who have a deep understanding of the judicial system, have dealt with countless cases similar to yours, and who can help you understand your options. It’s a no-brainer – you need a trained eye. We can support you through this difficult time.

We continue to take cases in San Mateo County!

Client Reviews

Helping Good People Out of Bad Situations
  • “Charles is one of the BEST in the San Mateo Area.”

    - Christy
  • “best legal advice we have EVER received!”

    - Deb
  • “The Best in the Business!”

    - Sione

Charged with a Crime? We Can Help!

We're With You From Start to Finish

Practicing for over 30 years earns you plenty of experience in a wide range of areas associated with criminal defense. If you’re concerned about your case, rest assured knowing that we’ve handled many cases like yours before.

We can provide legal counsel if you’ve been accused of violence, including assault and battery, domestic violence, and sex offenses; DUIs, drug crimes, and firearm offenses; white-collar crimes; and juvenile crimes.

Additionally, we can help you understand the bail process, how DMV hearings are structured, how to expunge your criminal record, and what resisting arrest entails.

Many average Americans are unaware of how the criminal justice system works, which is where we step in. We can help you learn more about the details concerning your case, and how you can proceed.

The Experience You Need

Having a deep knowledge of both sides of the law and being certified by the California State Bar as a Criminal Law Specialist, enables Attorney Charles Smith to build the most effective defense possible for his clients.  

High Quality Defense

Why Choose The Law Office of Charles B. Smith
  • Over 30 Years of Experience
  • Thousands of People Helped
  • More Than 125 Jury Trials Handled
  • Former Deputy District Attorney & Former Police Inspector in San Mateo County
  • A Passion for Making a Difference in People's Lives
  • Certified Legal Specialist in Criminal Law by the California State Bar

Let's Build Your Defense

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