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Jarrod Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Austin, TX

Smith & Vinson Law Firm
1411 West Avenue, Suite 124
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-368-9044
Selected to Rising Stars: 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 2015
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Civil Rights
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Jarrod L. Smith is an aggressive Central Texas criminal defense & DWI lawyer and a native Texan.

He is a former associate judge and prosecutor. Jarrod is often asked to speak at legal conferences across the State of Texas, teaching other criminal defense lawyers how to win their cases. 

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 (STCL). 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.

Jarrod has extensive 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 handled hundreds over a thousand criminal 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 and win your case.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 40%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%Civil Rights
Focus Areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


1 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2022

About Jarrod Smith

First Admitted: 2015, Texas

Professional Webpage:


Bar/Professional Activity

  • Texas
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • U.S. Federal Court Western District of Texas

Pro bono/Community Service

  • South Texas Criminal Law Society, President & Co-Founder


  • Graduated in the top 20%, South Texas College of Law Houston
  • DWI Trial Warrior, TCDLA
  • Awarded, 10.0 Avvo Rating
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyer
  • Langdell Scholar, Criminal Law & Evidence, South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Garland Walker Mock Trial Champion, South Texas College of Law Houston

Educational Background

  • University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (high honors), 2012
  • South Texas College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence (honors), 2015
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Office Location for Jarrod Smith

1411 West Avenue
Suite 124
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-368-9044

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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