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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

Our Clients Are Our Biggest Endorsers
Hear What They Have to Say

  • Outstanding Lawyer

    “Jarrod is an outstanding advocate for his clients. He is well versed in evidence and criminal law nuances, skills which allow him to level the playing field for his clients and make certain they get a fair chance at justice.”


  • 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!”


  • Second to NONE

    “I would love to add my thanks and heart felt appreciation for the help that your law firm provided me. Before I met you guys my situation looked very bleak and quite honestly your dedication to my case really carried over this past year and the reward was not only one felony dismissal but two. Thank you from the Ramirez family, I will always be great full and you guys have earned a spot in my family. For anyone reading, this firm is second to NON, they know what there talking about and do exactly what they promise to do. Very professional, on time and and educate you along the whole process. I had alot to lose and you guys gave it all back to me and finally represented what true Justice is here in America. God bless you both and God bless your firm”

    Manuel R.

  • 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!”


  • Fantastic Attorney = Fantastic Results

    “I hired Brad Vinson to handle a legal matter and I could not have made a better decision! Brad was attentive, listened to the facts of the case, and strategized a plan that would lead to the best result possible. Brad was communicative, available, and ultimately delivered on what he stated he would do. During this process, there were no unexpected hiccups because Brad understands the law, and understands how to defend his clients. There is no doubt that I would recommend Brad and the whole team at Smith & Vinson to represent any individual that needs legal representation. The whole team is fantastic, and delivers fantastic results.”


  • 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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