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Jarrod L. Smith

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Meet Jarrod

Jarrod Smith is an aggressive Central Texas DWI and criminal defense lawyer and a native Texan. He cares about his clients and fights hard to get them great results.

Jarrod and his law partner, Brad Vinson, founded Smith & Vinson Law Firm because they believe in helping people successfully navigate their way through a complicated and often confusing criminal justice system. Jarrod understands that his clients are more than just cause numbers or files, and that there is often more to a story than what is written in a police officer’s report.

Jarrod completed his undergraduate education at the University of Houston, majoring in criminal justice and graduating with high honors. He went on to attend law school at South Texas College of Law Houston. Jarrod excelled academically, graduating in the top 20% of his law school class. He founded the STCL Criminal Law Society and was a member of the prestigious South Texas Law Review. Jarrod also excelled in the courtroom. He completed courses in criminal trial advocacy and mock trial, and he and Brad Vinson finished first place in the Garland Walker Mock Trial competition.

Jarrod has considerable experience in DWI and criminal law and has worked in both State and Federal offices. He is a former assistant district attorney at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Before becoming a prosecutor, he interned with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and Harris County Public Defender’s Office. Additionally, Jarrod has experience on the federal side of the criminal justice system, as a former law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office.

Jarrod is a proven trial lawyer. He has tried a wide variety of cases in front of juries, ranging from sexual assault, DWI, burglary of a motor vehicle to theft. He has experience handling bond issues, motions to revoke, and motions to adjudicate guilt. He has handled hundreds of cases and has a unique insight into how the police and the government build their cases against his clients. He can use this experience to help you fight your case.

With Smith & Vinson Law Firm, you are not just hiring a lawyer to handle your case, but a firm that will put you and your legal needs first.

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Education

South Texas College of Law Houston, Doctor of Jurisprudence

  • Cum Laude
  • Graduated in the top 20%
  • Garland Walker Mock Trial Champion
  • South Texas Law Review, Member
  • Assistant Editor-in-Chief, South Texas Law Review, Vol. 43
  • Langdell Scholar, Criminal Law & Evidence
  • South Texas Criminal Law Society, President & Co-Founder

University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Pre-Law Society, Member
  • Student Government Association, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Federal Court Western District of Texas

Professional Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas

Professional Experience

  • Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Prosecutor
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Texas, Law Clerk, 2014
  • Harris County Public Defender’s Office, Legal Intern, 2013
  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Legal Intern, 2013

Awards & Recognitions

  • 10.0 Avvo Rating
  • TCDLA DWI Trial Warrior

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