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Clayton C. Smith

Criminal defense Attorney at Dallas, TX

5.0   126 reviews

also known as Clay Smith

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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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CLAYTON SMITH. EXPERIENCED & HIGHLY RATED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY. FORMER PROSECUTOR. 214-317-4532

Clayton Smith.  Criminal Defense Attorney. Former Prosecutor.

Criminal Defense Practice Areas:

  • Family Violence / Domestic Violence
  • DWI / DUI
  • Mental Health
  • Drug Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • Assaults
  • Property Crimes / Theft
  • White Collar / Fraud
  • Probation Violations
  • Expunctions & Nondisclosures

Criminal Defense Attorney.  10 years

-Successfully defended cases ranging from serious 1st degree felonies, to misdemeanor domestic violence and DWI cases.

Dallas County District Attorney's Office. - 4 + years

• Felony Trial Section
• Organized Crime Division
• Chief of several Misdemeanor courts
• Misdemeanor Family Violence Division
• DWI courts
• Intake Division, Magistrates court, Dallas County Grand Jury

Hunt County Attorney's Office - about 1 year
• Misdemeanor trial court
• Juvenile court
• Justice of the Peace courts

University of Texas at Austin, BA in Economics, minor in Business Foundations
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law for Juris Doctor (now Texas A&M University School of Law)
Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas 

CLAYTON CAN HELP YOU
• Can work to get best deal possible. Can work to get case dropped or the charges lowered.
• Can review police reports, conduct interviews with witnesses, conduct interviews with police officers
• Can find expert witnesses. Can conduct pre-trial investigation.
• Can measure what a case is worth because experience as both a Defense Attorney and Assistant District Attorney.
• Can file motions.
• Can try your case to a jury or a judge.
• Contact Clayton Smith

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 7 ...
Top Contributor 2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015
Top Contributor
2021 2020 2019 + 4 ...

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Location

Law Office of Clayton Smith
3300 Oak Lawn Ave.,
Suite 600
Dallas, TX, 75219

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  126 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Don | June 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer that Far Exceeded Expectations
Mr. Smith was excellent at communicating and explaining every detail from our initial consultation phone call through the final decision of the judge. He maintained a professional yet friendly demeanor through every single one of our interactions and was available anytime I needed to get in touch with him. The outcome we outlined at the very beginning of this process as being best case scenario was the outcome we achieved through his expertise and diligence to help literally save my future. I could not be more pleased or satisfied with having him as my attorney. My once clouded future is now bright once again thanks to the help of Mr. Smith.
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Response from Clayton Smith July 6, 2017
Thanks for the great review! I am so glad that we were able to get your 2nd Degree Felony reduced to misdemeanor deferred adjudication probation and you will be able to keep your record clean.
Posted by Fernando | July 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed!
After my arrest I did not know where to go or who to reach out to, there was so many lawyers that wanted a lot money upfront with little reassurance. When I contacted Clayton he asked me to come see him and after I layed out the details he explained how everything works and what he could do for me, he even offered an easy and affordable payment plan. I can honestly say that I felt more relieved. Once he agreed to take my case he kept me informed every step of the way, I did not have to show up for court because he would attend for me and I hardly missed work. Today he just sent me a text with a document signed by the DA and the County Judge stating it my case was dismissed!
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Response from Clayton Smith July 31, 2017
Thanks for the great review Fernando! So glad we could get your case DISMISSED.
Posted by Teairra | January 17, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in town
He is amazing. Clayton Smith goes above and beyond for his clients and definitely did for me. He helped get my case dismissed. No probation and no jail time. Not even community service. He advocated for the entire time and made sure he kept me informed every step of the way. I definitely recommend. 10/10
Response from Clayton Smith January 25, 2024
Thanks Teairra! So glad we could get your felony DWI dismissed.
Posted by Richard | September 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You are the best !!
Clayton thank you so much again!! This is my second time getting help from him. He’s always on time and in great spirits. I have his number saved in my phone and business card just in case. I strongly recommend Clayton if you are in need of a great attorney.
Response from Clayton Smith October 2, 2023
Thanks! So glad I could help you get early release from your felony probation.
Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer in Dallas!!
Like his other reviews say he was awesome! Love this guy! My son was extradited from NC to Dallas on a probation violation. Clay reached out to me immediately first thing in the morning when I arrived at the courthouse waiting in the hallway not knowing what was going on. He texted my phone while speaking with my son in holding, whom I was extremely worried about. He sent me a picture of him! Let me know he was ok! Came to me, listened to me , explained everything to me, all options and outcomes. Very thorough, kind and compassionate. He did an amazing job and my sons probation was basically over! Super nice, very intelligent and knowledgeable of the laws and processes in Texas. If I had $10,000 I would of paid him that! No joke. Hes worth every dime. Im referring everyone I know in Dallas to him if they ever have legal issues! Super great job!
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Response from Clayton Smith September 13, 2023
Thanks for the great review! So glad we could get your son continued on probation and out of prison!
Posted by Sanjay | August 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Professional Service
Mr Clay took my case and worked on it diligently till it got dismissed. I am thankful for his service and forever be grateful.
Response from Clayton Smith September 13, 2023
Thanks Sanjay! So glad we could get your case dismissed.
Posted by Christina | June 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Magic Man
If you’re looking for a defense attorney in Dallas, do yourself a favor and hire Clay immediately. My criminal mischief felony charge was successfully dismissed, after a year of patience and miracle work provided by this incredible attorney. He is efficient, responsive, an expert in his field- and even laughed at all my coping jokes when he didn’t have to. A class act through and through, Clay has a calm, cool and collected disposition that will aid any and all defendants’ nerves throughout the judicial process. Mistakes require we pay consequences, me knowing first hand given this being my only experience of such on a large and legal scale. The importance of having a lawyer who has the qualities I just mentioned are paramount, as it kept me afloat while I lost everything (jobs, apartment, friends, fiancé) to this charge. He will work with you in every sense; he will get you your life back. Thank you, Clay. You really are a magic man!
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Response from Clayton Smith July 11, 2023
Thanks Christina! So glad we could get your felony case dismissed!
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sutton
Clayton Smith is the way to go! From the start, I was confident he could get the job done, and he did. He was very friendly, professional, and communicative throughout the whole process.
Response from Clayton Smith January 16, 2023
Thanks for the great review Sutton, so glad we could such great results!
Posted by Keith | November 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Cool
This man gets things done!! He was my public defender on my case for a year and a half, he didn't give in to the prosecutor. I couldn't believe what he was able to accomplish for me. It's hard to describe how much pride he takes in his job. He's got my admiration. He's going to be my attorney if ever I need one again. Five stars
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Response from Clayton Smith November 14, 2022
Thanks for the great review Keith! So glad we could get your felony PCS case DISMISSED and your felony theft case reduced to a misdemeanor. (For the record, I do not work for the public defender's office)
Posted by Brodan | October 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good man
He took care of business so I could do my part . Very articulate. No nonsense. Great at knowing what to do how and effective.im very satisfied with my outcome and I would recommend him to anyone who is in need of great representation.
Response from Clayton Smith November 14, 2022
Thanks Brodan, so happy we could get your felony case dismissed!
Posted by Marcos Mendoza | October 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional Results Case dismissed
The case was dismissed! He cares for his client's situation and works diligently to provide the best outcome for your future.
Response from Clayton Smith October 11, 2022
Thanks for the great review Marcos! So glad we could get your Dallas County case dismissed today.
Posted by Tam | September 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best
Hands down Mr. Clayton is exceptional at what he does!!!! PLEASE HIRE HIM FOR ALL YOUR LEGAL REPRESENTATION!
Response from Clayton Smith October 6, 2022
Thanks Tam! So glad we could get such great results on your cases and keep you out of jail.
Posted by Keith fuller | August 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful
Omg Clayton did a absolutely great job Im so very thankful for all his hard work and everything he did to get me home and back to work when it's time to vote if he is running he has my vote I would be lost and still going back and ffwd to court I'm beyond great full and I recommend him to EVERYONE who needs help he will do all he can and communion skills are great also THANK YOU SOO SOOOO MUCH AGAIN
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Response from Clayton Smith August 12, 2022
Thanks Keith! So glad we could get such great results on your DWI.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best
It was a blessing a very helpful hand and kind person .I really didn’t know what I got myself into but mr smith made me feel relaxed about the situation saying we gonna get this taking care of and I couldn’t thank you enough for everything you did thank you and god bless
Response from Clayton Smith August 12, 2022
Thanks for the great review, so glad we could get such great results on your case.
Posted by Blake | June 27, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer
Great guy! Very good at communicating what’s going on, saved me a lot of money and time in the slammer on a probation violation. Would recommend 1000% hopefully I don’t need to again ever but he’ll be the first person I call if I need to be represented
Response from Clayton Smith June 27, 2022
Thanks Blake, so glad we could keep you out of prison (and also jail). And also avoid a felony conviction. You now have a bright future!
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped not on one but two occasions
I have reached out to Clayton Smith on two occasions for two different individuals. Both time, he was extremely professional, was upfront in terms of what to expect, and also suggested the right course of approach. We were able to have the charges dropped. Very reliable ally to have when time and situations aren’t in your favor.
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Response from Clayton Smith June 13, 2022
Thanks for the great review! So glad we could get the cases dismissed!
Posted by Henry rodriguez | June 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Clay!!!!
THANK YOU AND YOUR LAW FIRM I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU. You truly are 1 of the best attorneys here in dallas.
Response from Clayton Smith June 13, 2022
Thanks! So glad we could get such great results on your family member's Dallas County cases.
Posted by Tristen | April 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hell of an attorney
Where do i start with this guy, I’ve been on bond for the past 3 years for a misdemeanor assault accusation, bouncing from public defender to public defender. After my last attorney blowing me off and not answering my phone calls or letting me know about my court dates causing warrant to be sent out for me. I had lost hope until I was reassigned to Mr.Smith. Mr smith contacted me shortly after and made me aware of my court date and was timely meeting me at the court house. Shortly after(within just 2 weeks of picking up my case) I received a message that my case had been dismissed thanks to this man. My life is in your hands man
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Response from Clayton Smith May 2, 2022
Thanks for the great review! So glad we could get your case dismissed! (for clarification - I do not work for the public defender's office)
Posted by L | April 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms
A family member was represented by Mr. Clayton Smith In this environment where we are all overworked with too much on our plates it was so refreshing to have a legal representative that provided speedy real time feedback. Clayton was available and provided personal service. Outstanding. Thank you!
Response from Clayton Smith May 2, 2022
Thanks for the great review! So glad your family member could get such great results on his case!
Posted by Qharia | March 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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I was more than satisfied with the results he definitely helped me out I would recommend hiring him he is amazing at what he does !
Response from Clayton Smith May 2, 2022
Thanks for the great review!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Clayton Smith
  • 2014 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Dallas County District Attorney
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Hunt County Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2009

Education

  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Associations

  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • D Magazine
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (45)
Given (66)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clay has quickly gained the reputation as one of the best criminal lawyers in DFW. His experience as a prosecutor gives him an upper hand in crafting the best possible defense. I strongly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Clay for 6 years. Cool, calm, and collected, and an overall good dude!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clayton is stand up guy who really knows his way around the courthouse. His experience really serves his client's well. The fact that he is well-respected at the courthouse helps him get things done for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clayton Smith is an excellent criminal defense lawyer practicing in Dallas and the surrounding areas. I have known Mr. Smith both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney for over ten years. He has a sharp mind, is a hard worker, and is an excellent trial attorney. Anyone facing serious charges would be well served to hire Mr. Smith."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clay Smith does great work. He knows the courthouse inside and out and does wonders for his clients. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clay Smith is an excellent attorney. He truly cares about his clients and their cases. I would highly recommend him as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smith is a smart lawyer who dispenses smart analysis. He is a valuable contributor to this forum. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Clay and I have worked on opposite sides several times. He's great to work with because he knows his stuff and maintains a cordial attitude, which greatly benefits his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and provides a great service to AVVO users in answering their questions both thoroughly and with great insight."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clayton and I know each other from AVVO & from the assistance he has selflessly provided for many in need of answers. His answers are always direct, to the point, and with compassion for the questioner's predicament. He and I generally agree with each others answers and I know he puts thought, knowledge, and reason into each one, and maybe a little research, as well. He has my endorsement and I would send him any client that I had in the Dallas-Ft.Worth Area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clay is one of the most respected lawyers in the Metroplex. He will use his skills and experience on both sides of the justice system to zealously represent his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Clayton is an excellent lawyer. I have known him for years and had the pleasure of working with him on several cases. He is attentive, honest, and results-oriented."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Smith and I worked together in the Dallas District Attorney's Office. He was one of the best prosecutors in the office and has a good reputation in the legal community as a hard-working and knowledgeable attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Clayton has experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney which ensures he knows the law and is effective in the courtroom."
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Dallas Criminal defense Lawyer Clayton C. Smith
Clayton C. Smith
Criminal defense Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 15 years
Virtual consultation available