Chuck is a local attorney, who has practiced law for more than thirty six years, in Federal, Military and State Courts, representing people from all walks of life. Although during Chuck’s 36-year legal career he has practiced in a varied range of law and has handled thousands of cases, his current focus is Constitutional law, Criminal, Divorce, Immigration, and Military Law.
A U.S. Marine (0311) and U.S. Navy JAG Commander (Retired), Chuck is married with five children. He has lived in Virginia for the last three decades, in Roanoke, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. While in Roanoke, Chuck served on the Board of Directors of the Roanoke Bar Association. In Virginia Beach he has been active in his community, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Campus East Community Association.
Born on the 4th of July, Chuck was raised by his grandmother in the projects of Greensboro, North Carolina. With little more to give him except unfailing love and abiding faith, she let him neither lose that faith nor forget that sharing a birthday with this great nation is a special gift that must come with a stronger sense of American pride. Chuck Smith attended Elementary School in the heartland of the Nation’s first capital, Philadelphia, PA, and yet it is his sense of American pride and responsibility that has driven Chuck throughout his life to soar to higher heights. At seventeen years of age, with the Vietnam War raging, Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the heart of the Marine Corps- Infantry, throughout both active and inactive duty for six years.
Just four days after being released from Marine Corps active duty, Chuck was accepted at the North Carolina Central University, where he graduated in just six years with two degrees, a B.A. in Political Science, and a J.D. in Law. And, nearly three years later Chuck received a presidential commission to the prestigious U.S. Navy JAG Corps, where he served both active and reserve duty for twenty more years until his retirement. As a Navy JAG, Chuck served as a Prosecutor, Defense Counsel, Administrative Discharge Officer, and held the prestigious position of Special Assistant United States Attorney. Altogether, Chuck served 26 years of combined military service in the Marine Corps and Navy JAG Corps, active, inactive and reserve.
Chuck is fluent in Spanish, and has studied law at the well-regarded La Facultad de Derecho (Law School), Universidad de Costa Rica at San Jose, and was accepted by ICFES for law study in Bogota, Colombia. His military service has taken him around the world, from Guantanamo Bay to Okinawa.
From the projects of Greensboro, the streets of Philadelphia, to the training grounds of Parris Island and onto the courtrooms of Virginia, Chuck has been an ardent defender of the Constitution and American values. His focus, Morals, Values and Principles, reflects his continuing sense of duty, and his determination to make Virginia a better place for us all.