Charlotte, North Carolina Full-Service Law Firm

Welcome to the law firm of Arnold & Smith, PLLC, located in the heart of uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Arnold & Smith, PLLC is a full-service law firm serving clients in all areas of divorce, criminal law, personal injury and bankruptcy in both state and federal courts in North Carolina.

With extensive backgrounds in divorce and criminal law, attorneys Matthew R. Arnold and J. Bradley Smith have compiled an award-winning team of attorneys and legal professionals. Our Charlotte divorce lawyers and professionals combine aggressive and zealous courtroom representation with strategic procedural posturing and practice to obtain excellent results for clients in both state and federal civil and criminal courts across the State of North Carolina.

Attorneys Matthew R. Arnold and J. Bradley Smith founded Arnold & Smith, PLLC in 2007 in the attic of another attorney’s office. In 2008, the firm moved into the historic John Carr Price House, a Victorian-era Queen Anne style home on the corner of McDowell and Fifth Streets in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Both natives of Charlotte committed to preserving their community’s history, Attorneys Matthew R. Arnold and J. Bradley Smith restored the John Carr Price House to its original grandeur in order to preserve a beautiful piece of Charlotte’s history. The National Historic Register landmark now serves as the law firm’s main office.

Arnold & Smith, PLLC’s practice is focused in and around the Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan area. Our divorce and criminal attorneys represent clients in state courts in Mecklenburg, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Stanly and Union Counties as well as in federal courts in North Carolina. Our attorneys and professionals combine passionate representation with careful attention to detail in cases ranging from minor traffic infractions to serious criminal matters, general civil matters, auto accidents, personal injuries, and divorce and child custody matters.

The criminal defense attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC provide excellent representation in cases involving the possession, sale and trafficking of illegal drugs; in property crimes such as embezzlement, employee theft, breaking and entering, burglary, robbery and white-collar theft; in sexual offenses such as rape and assault; in violent crimes such as battery, assault, manslaughter, murder and attempted murder; in traffic violations ranging from minor traffic infractions to driving-while-impaired (DWI) and vehicular homicide; as well as in matters involving persons who have been found not guilty or whose cases have been dismissed who may seek expungements of their arrest records or justice for wrongful arrests and prosecutions.

The Charlotte divorce lawyers at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are experienced at partnering with those involved in marital separation, who are seeking a divorce or annulment, who are seeking custody of a child or children, who are seeking child support, who are interested in all manners of adoption—including same-sex and second-parent adoptions—who are seeking spousal support (alimony), equitable distribution or property division, who are seeking domestic violence orders of protection, or who seek assistance in all manner of general civil and injury claims.

Our civil attorneys can also assist individuals and businesses who are facing bankruptcy. Our attorneys and legal professionals can assist individuals and businesses in all types of bankruptcy, from Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 matters to other less common bankruptcy actions and alternatives.

The best thing you can do if you need assistance in a divorce or criminal case in North Carolina is contact one of the attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC. We are here to help and want to hear from you today!

Arnold & Smith, PLLC is a Resource for You

The attorneys and legal professionals at Arnold & Smith, PLLC have spent years developing a virtual legal library for individuals and businesses seeking assistance in all manner of legal matters in state and federal courts in North Carolina. On this site, our attorneys appear in videos designed to inform and assist those seeking help in the areas of bankruptcy; divorce, separation, annulment, equitable distribution and child custody; criminal and driving-while-impaired (DWI) and all manner of personal injury claims.

In our FAQ—or Frequently Asked Questions section—readers will find informative summaries of various legal topics.

Visitors interested in a more in-depth treatment of various areas of the law in North Carolina can find virtual legal libraries in Arnold & Smith, PLLC’s practice areas, including in the areas of Divorce and Child Custody, Personal Injury, Criminal Law and Bankruptcy.

Visitors seeking information on child custody and child support will find a free child support calculator, while readers who want to stay up to date on legal developments in specific practice areas can subscribe to our personal injury and family law newsletters.

Readers interested in legal topics can visit our blog sites—updated on a weekly basis—which contain all manner of legal news and analysis and chronicle developments in and around the legal system in North Carolina.

Visitors can also follow the attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC on various social media accounts or join the law firm’s mailing list to receive customized newsletters with unique and useful content delivered directly to their inboxes.

Practice Areas

The attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are experienced in and eager to assist clients with all manner of divorce and criminal cases. Our principal areas of practice are Family Law, Criminal, Personal Injury and Bankruptcy.

The division and classification of legal practice areas is a misnomer—that is, in general the law is so vast, with so many types of actions, doctrines and procedures intertwined and related to other areas, that it is nearly impossible to classify practice areas under headings and subheadings—however we have endeavored to organize our most common practice areas into subheadings below. These matters are, by no means, an exclusive list of the matters we handle, and instead these are presented as a useful organizational tool to assist you in navigating our site.

If you have questions or need assistance with any matter—whether it is a type of matter discussed on our site or whether you feel it is unique to you and the set of circumstances in your case—the best thing you can do is contact one of the experienced attorneys today.

Divorce and Family Law

Family law describes a wide range of legal actions and matters that include divorce and child custody, separation and annulment, equitable distribution and spousal support (alimony), and actions related to domestic violence. In addition to litigating family-law matters, our attorneys can assist those contemplating divorce, separation or child custody matters with planning for impending legal actions and ensuring that conditions are such that clients can obtain excellent results given the unique circumstances in their cases. The attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC also assist those involved in family law matters with planning for the future, given the long-term effects that divorce, separation and custody matters may have on families’ personal and financial well-being.

Matthew Arnold, who leads the Family Law Practice Group, is a board-certified specialist in the practice of Family Law, and is admitted to practice in all state courts in North Carolina, in the United States Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina, in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and in the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. Please catch Matthew Arnold’s recent radio interview, where he shared valuable tips on issues such as how to find the right a family law attorney, how long the divorce process takes, and how much a divorce action is likely to cost.

If you are interested in seeking assistance with a divorce or family law matter, please contact Attorney Arnold or one of the Charlotte divorce attorneys or legal professionals at Arnold & Smith, PLLC today.

Criminal Defense

Arnold & Smith, PLLC’s Criminal Practice Group is headed by J. Bradley Smith, a former prosecutor who has defended clients in thousands of DWI and other serious criminal matters in state and federal courts across North Carolina. Attorney Smith and his team of attorneys and legal professionals are relentless in their pursuit of justice on behalf of clients charged with all manner of criminal offenses ranging from minor traffic infractions to serious felonies. Please click on Attorney Smith’s recent radio interview in which he discussed the major points of contention in many DWI cases, and we can help persons facing DWI and other charges in North Carolina.

If you are interested in seeking assistance with a criminal law matter, please contact Attorney Smith or one of the attorneys or legal professionals at Arnold & Smith, PLLC today.

Personal Injury

Personal injury cases refer, in general, to instances in which a person’s negligent or intentional conduct has caused injury to another person. When someone is injured as a result of someone’s negligent or intentional conduct, the injured person can sue the person who caused one’s injury for money damages. This suit is called a personal injury lawsuit.

Many personal injury lawsuits involve automobile accidents. Other common personal injury accidents involve medical negligence, defective products, injuries sustained on another person’s or business’s property and workplace accidents.

Arnold & Smith, PLLC’s Personal Injury Practice Group is led by Attorney Matthew R. Arnold. Attorney Arnold is an experienced litigator who has won significant damage awards—through trial and settlement—for injured clients. Watch Attorney Arnold discuss what to do if you have been injured by someone but feel you cannot afford a lawyer, here.

Contact us today

We know that the information contained on a web site can rarely substitute for face-to-face or telephone interaction between human beings, so if you have visited our site and you still have questions or are in need of additional assistance, please call us at (704) 370-2828 or contact us through our website and we will get in contact with you as soon as possible. We are here to help you.

Whether you have questions, have special circumstances that make your case unique from those chronicled on our site, or are just in need of some guidance from someone who has extensive experience and knowledge on the matter in which you are involved, please call us now at 704-370-2828. Our attorneys and legal professionals are available 24 hours a day to answer your call and provide the information you are seeking.

Client Reviews
My experience with Brad Smith was everything he promised. He was very thorough and outlined what I could expect through out the process. Now that my case is resolved and I can honestly say it was very true to his outline. I appreciate is professionalism and straight forward approach. I would definitely recommend him and his staff for their services.
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