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Jaime Pesantes

Jaime Pesantes is a multitalented, multilingual criminal defense attorney of Smith & Vinson Law Firm in Austin. Fluent in Spanish, Italian, French, and English, Jaime can provide compassionate yet tenacious criminal defense representation to people from many cultures throughout our communities.

At Southern Methodist University, Jaime earned his B.A. in Economics. He earned his J.D. and an M.B.A. from the Texas Tech University to complete his advanced education. Jaime first began his work as a criminal defense lawyer at Peek and Toland, PLLC. The firm placed him in charge of a number of high stakes misdemeanor and felony cases from clients throughout the Central Texas region.

Due to his extensive experience and legal insight, Attorney Jaime was selected to lead the criminal defense department at our Antonio office location. Clients throughout Austin and the surrounding region know they have found powerful representation that stands tall against all prosecutions when they rely on Attorney Pesantes.

Jaime is more than a talented litigator, though. He has deliberately focused much of his professional efforts on public policy. He has also had a chance to serve as a legal aid and a Deputy Committee Director for the International Trade Committee throughout the 83rd and 84th Legislative Sessions at the Texas House of Representatives. In La Paz, Bolivia, he served as a legal fellow of the International Justice Mission (IJM). To this date, he still spends his free time as an IJM Volunteer Team Leader for the Austin chapter. He can also be found dedicating some of his time to the Texas Board of Directors of Phoenix House, which is a nonprofit group that provides rehabilitative services to recovering drug and alcohol addicts.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • DWI


  • Texas Tech University of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Texas Tech University, Master of Business Administration
  • Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Science in Economics

Professional Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association

Professional Experience

  • Peek & Toland, criminal defense attorney
  • Texas House of Representatives, Deputy Committee Director
  • Texas House of Representatives, legislative aide

Awards & Recognitions

  • 10.0 “Superb” Avvo Rating

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

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Hear What They Have to Say

  • Professional and effective attorney

    “Brad was extremely professional throughout the entire process. He was direct and prompt in responding to my inquiries and I felt at ease knowing he was taking care of my case. I will definitely use Brad and his firm in the future and highly recommend them if you need an excellent defense attorney! Thanks Brad!”


  • Professional representation at its best!

    “First and foremost, I would like to thank Brad and Jarrod for handling my case. Both of these men represented with much professionalism and didn't at all treat me like a criminal. At times I was skeptical since I was facing so much uncertainty. Both men obviously could not predict the outcome of things but assured me that they will work hard for me. They sure kept their promise on that! Both men took the time to get to know me and my situation before designing a plan to represent me. When I was in doubt with much fear they reassured me that "things will be all right". I am grateful for the representation both men have provided me and without hesitation, I would speak volumes of their service. Thank you so much!”


  • 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me.

    “Pay them, be honest with them and communicate with them and they will fix your mistake. Plain and simple. Charged 1st DWI offense. Called in. Told them scenario. Worked with payment methods (very important) .I had numerous lawyers to choose from. 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me. Throughout whole process I had the utmost confidence in Mr. Smith and his work. the goal when we first met was to "get the DWI dismissed" and that is exactly what happened. mission accomplished. if you need a DWI removed call jarrod”

    Ronald D.

  • Exceptionally versed in the intricacies of Texas criminal law

    “Having never been exposed to the criminal system, hiring an attorney was daunting task. Attorney Brad Vinson was informative, professional yet sympathetic with his approach to my case. Mr. Vinson was open to opinion and ensured that all legal avenues were considered and addressed before presenting a course of action. Ultiamtely, Mr. Vinson was able to negotiate a reasonable settlement dispite many hoops and hurdles presented by the prosecuting county. I would highly recommend Smith and Vinson for representation in a criminal matter.”


  • 5 Stars in making me feel like a top priority!

    “Jarrod Smith of Smith and Vinson Law Firm provided me with the best service I could have possibly asked for. Having no background in law and finding myself in a situation that left me feeling extremely vulnerable, I felt quickly at ease in their care. They were very reasonable with my situation and helped work around my needs in providing me the most support and information on how to best handle my case. I'd recommend this firm to anyone seeking help with a traffic violation of any kind. I feel that if it weren't for them I would have been heavily misguided and probably would not have made it through the system with the best possible outcome for me. 5 Stars for their service, generosity, and in making me feel like a top priority!”


  • Top Attorney Avvo Rating 10.0
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • Texas Bar College
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Avvo 5 Star Reviews
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award

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