With over 35 years of legal experienced as a defense attorney, prosecutor,
and police officer, Charles B. Smith has handled thousands of criminal
defense cases and has achieved countless successful outcomes for his clients.
Born in Vallejo in 1960, Charles moved with his family to Daly City as
a toddler, where he worked all during high school and college at a variety
of jobs. After putting himself through the Police Academy, he became a
police officer with the Broadmoor Police Department. Charles served with
the Broadmoor PD as a Sergeant from 1981 through 1987 while attending
college full time. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Administration
of Justice from San Jose State University in 1984 and received his Juris
Doctorate with an emphasis in Criminal Law from Santa Clara University
School of Law in 1987.
Charles became a member of the California State Bar in 1987 and immediately
went to work as a Deputy District Attorney for San Mateo County, where
he stayed until 1998. While a Deputy District Attorney, Charles prosecuted
cases ranging from driving under the influence misdemeanors to gang cases
and special circumstances homicides. In 2013 he was certified as a Legal
Specialist in Criminal Law by the California State Bar.
In addition to his criminal defense work, Charles was a teacher for 22
years. He was an adjunct professor at The College of San Mateo, where
he taught courses including criminal law, criminal investigation, and
principles and procedures of the justice system. Charles was also an instructor
at the POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training) Academy between 1989
and 1998, where he taught multiple aspects of police investigation including
gang cases, homicide investigation, sexual assault investigation, and
prosecution of major narcotics offenders.
In his free time, Charles enjoys spending time with his wife, four adult
children, three cats, and three dogs. He loves gardening and reading,
and is an avid San Francisco Giants fan.
More About Our Law Firm
The Law Office of Charles B. Smith is a small, family-run law firm that
deals solely with criminal defense cases. We are dedicated to legal excellence
with integrity and compassion, and believe it is important to help make
a difference in our clients’ lives.
Our firm combines experience and effectiveness with discreet client service.
We have represented a variety of clients ranging from professional athletes
and CEOs of large corporations to high school and middle school students,
working families, recent immigrants, and stay at home parents. When you
work with us, we work to help you understand that there is hope for you
and your case – you have options we can provide, and we work hard
to discover creative solutions for our clients. We’re also committed
to helping clients understand the legal process. With over three decades
of experience, we believe it’s our responsibility to pass on what
If you’re ready for nonjudgmental service, call us at
(209) 231-6506 today.