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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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  • 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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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.”


  • He's a real lawyer!

    “A civil issue arose in Austin with a family member. We sought the advice of a well named Austin attorney. This unnamed attorney provided egregious legal advice. In court, a lifetime civil injunction was ruled by the judge on this non-criminal civil issue. Once learning of this judgement we immediately started looking for another attorney and found Brad Vinson, with Smith and Vinson. Simply put, Brad had this entire debacle reversed and a new judgement set for what is customarily ruled in similar cases. It didn't take long either. I only wish we had called Brad first. He's a real lawyer!”


  • 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!”


  • 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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