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Being charged with a criminal offense is no small matter. Even accusations – unfounded or not – can cause serious repercussions. Very rarely will these types of crises affect just one aspect of your life: they can impact your family life, personal life, professional life, and most importantly, your freedom. Regardless of the charges you face, working with a skilled criminal defense lawyer will be crucial to minimizing the impact that an arrest can have on your life.

Smith & Vinson Law Firm is prepared to protect you, regardless of the charges you face. Call today.

The criminal justice system is intimidating and being unaware of your rights could make it feel more daunting. We understand you may feel like just a cog in the wheel. We aim to inform you of your rights and help you understand which steps to take to position your case favorably. Let us use our knowledge to help tip the scales of justice in your direction.
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  • Jarrod L. Smith

    Partner

    Jarrod Smith is a native Texan, and an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who cares and fights hard for his clients. Jarrod, along with his law partner, Brad Vinson, founded Smith & Vinson Law Firm with the idea of helping accused citizens successfully navigate their way through the complicated criminal justice system.

    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 the South Texas College of Law Houston. Jarrod excelled academically, graduating in the top 20% of his class.

    While in law school, 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, finishing 1st place, with Brad Vinson, in the Garland Walker Mock Trial competition.

    Jarrod is a former assistant district attorney at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Additionally, he has interned with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and the Harris County Public Defender’s Office. Jarrod also has experience on the federal side of the criminal justice system, as a former law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office. These experiences provide him with a variety of practical experience on both the state and federal, prosecution and defense side.

  • Brad Vinson

    Partner

    Attorney Brad Vinson is an honest, hard working attorney who cares about giving his clients the best possible representation.

    Mr. Brad Vinson completed his undergraduate education at the University of Tennessee, majoring in communication. During his time at South Texas College of Law Houston, he also completed coursework in criminal trial advocacy and mock trial, finishing 1st place, along with Jarrod Smith, in the annual Garland Walker Mock Trial competition.

    Mr. Vinson went on to compete in a variety of mock trial events. He was named Summer Trial Academy Best Advocate Overall. He then traveled to New York to compete in a national tournament as a varsity advocate in South Texas College of Law Houston’s nationally ranked mock trial team.

    When you work with Attorney Vinson, you are not just hiring someone to handle your case, but an attorney that will put you and your legal needs first

Client Testimonials

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  • “I knew after I first met them in person I knew they we're going to fight and I got the result that I was happy with at the end. I would recommend if anything ever happens to anyone. ”

    Previous Client

  • “I couldn't have asked for a better attorney to represent me. I highly recommend!”

    Previous Client

  • “I only wish we had called Brad first. He's a real lawyer!”

    David

  • “ When you hire Brad Vinson you hire an attorney who will pay close attention to your case and work extremely hard for you.”

    Anna S.

  • “He listened to me and I felt that he cared about my case.”

    Iván

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The Lawyers of Smith & Vinson?

  • We're accessible to clients and always available 24/7.

  • Bold and fearless defense is what we are known for.

  • Clients turn to us for straightforward legal advice.

  • We offer free, confidential consultations to every client.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I go to jail if I was arrested?

    Answer:

    No, not necessarily. Although each county may have slightly different booking processes, you may be placed in a holding cell until you have been read your official charges during your arraignment (first hearing before a judge). A jail or prison sentence can only be brought if you have been found guilty and convicted by a jury or judge, or if you have pled to a charge with a jail sentence involved.

  • If I’m not guilty, why do I need a lawyer?

    Answer:

    At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we always assume our clients to be innocent until proven guilty, and we will always represent them as such. Even if you know that you are not guilty, you will be facing off against highly trained Prosecutors and District Attorneys. It is their primary motivation to utilize the State’s resources to obtain a conviction and penalize you accordingly.

  • How are misdemeanors & felonies different?

    Answer:

    Criminal offenses can be categorized in multiple ways, and this includes misdemeanor charges and felony charges. Misdemeanors are considered to be lesser offenses, and typically result in a jail sentence equal to or less than 1 year. On the other hand, felonies are much more severe and can carry lengthy prison sentences.

  • What are my rights after an arrest?

    Answer:

    We believe that knowledge can be the strongest defense. If you have been arrested, know that you have the right to remain silent and you have the right to request an attorney. Both of these things (also known as your Miranda Rights) ultimately protect your 5th Amendment Right to avoid self-incrimination.

Rights That Are in Jeopardy After Being Convicted

  • Loss of eligibility to apply for financial aid for college
  • Security clearance for certain professions such as teaching, working with children, or security
  • Voting privileges
  • Parenting rights can be taken away including custody & visiting rights
  • Loss of 2nd Amendment right to legally obtain or possess firearms
  • Cannot obtain a passport or a visa for entry into certain countries
  • Convicts are pulled into police line-ups as a potential suspect

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