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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 DWI to theft to burglary of a motor vehicle. 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.

Practice Areas

Education

South Texas College of Law Houston, Doctor of Jurisprudence

  • Cum Laude
  • Graduated in the top 20% of my class
  • 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

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

  • 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!”

    Andrew

  • 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.”

    Matt

  • 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.

  • 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.”

    Michael

  • 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!”

    David

  • 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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