Ryan L. Smith is an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Dublin, California Ready to Help You Today.

Ryan L. Smith founded RLS Criminal Defense to help people accused of crime in Alameda, San Joaquin, and Contra Costa Counties

It’s very important that your attorney understand not just California law, but also the local rules, customs, services, programs, and even individual prosecutors and judges whenever possible. Like anyone, a lawyer will be most effective when doing the things they have experience doing, going the places they have experience going, and talking to people they have experience talking to.

Attorney Ryan Smith has a decade of experience practicing criminal defense in AlamedaSan Joaquin, and Contra Costa County. He represents defendants in DUI, Domestic Violence, Assault, Battery, Theft, Drugs, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Evading, Trespassing, Vandalism, Solicitation, Indecent Exposure, Public Intoxication, Expungement, and Petitions to Seal Arrest Records.


His compassion and patience with clients is unmatched. Ryan explains the entire process of a criminal case at a FREE initial consultation so you can make an informed decisions regarding whether, or when, to hire a criminal defense attorney.

Ryan L. Smith Gets Results for Defendants

Driving Under Influence (DUI) Cases
Expungements / Sealed Arrest Records
Cases Dismissed After Charges Filed

RLS Criminal Defense Can Help You


“Driving Under the Influence” is the crime attorney Ryan L. Smith handles most often. He is experienced asserting DUI defenses such as: illegal stop, illegal arrest, improperly administered...

Domestic Violence

“Domestic Violence” is the crime attorney Ryan L. Smith handles second-most-often (second to DUI). The first thing to learn about Domestic Violence is that judges often issue...

Assault & Battery

Assault is: an unlawful attempt, coupled with present ability, to commit a violent injury on another person. Said differently, it’s any intentional act that would likely result in the...

Drug Crimes

In California, it is a crime to knowingly possess any useable amount of any controlled substance, unless under the prescription of a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or veterinarian licensed...


In order for conduct to be a “theft”, a person must: (1) take possession of the property of another, (2) the taking must be without the owner’s consent; ; (3) the person must move the property...

Hit & Run

If someone is involved in a car accident which ends up causing damage to someone else’s property, and leaves the scene without properly identifying themself to the other people...


People convicted of a crime may be eligible to petition the court to Expunge their conviction. Attorney Ryan L. Smith can prepare, file, and appear in court for an expungement. He can also...

Sealing Arrest Records

People who were arrested, but ultimately never convicted, for a criminal offense are typically eligible to petition the court to Seal their Arrest Record. Attorney Ryan L. Smith can prepare, file, and appear...

Other Crimes

Ryan also handles all other types of misdemeanor cases, and certain felonies. Schedule your FREE initial consultation and see if Ryan can help you.


Ryan L. Smith represents people accused of crime in Alameda, San Joaquin, and Contra Costa County.

Your best-interest comes first, with honest and thorough advice, even if contrary to my profit

I practice exclusively in the above counties, and only criminal defense cases; for the last 10 years.

I expand my community’s access to legal services, by offering free initial consultations and low monthly payment plans.


Some people are embarrassed to consult a criminal defense attorney. Many have no idea what to expect in a case, and most everyone worries about going to court. Whether you are guilty or innocent, attorney Ryan Smith will not judge you, and will make sure you feel respected and appreciated. He’ll inform you what to anticipate from every proceeding and can even attend court without you in many situations.

If charges are not filed by your first court date, Ryan will check for charges every week, so you need not worry about undelivered or misaddressed letters to appear in court. He’ll communicate all developments on the case, share with you all the evidence, and remind you when you’re eligible for Expungement or Arrest Record Sealing. He works to lower the sentence and guides you through completing it if you are convicted.