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Jacob Russell Smets

Family Attorney at Flagstaff, AZ

5.0   24 reviews

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About Jacob

Learn Jacob’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    40%

  2. Criminal defense
    15%
    From cases involving domestic violence to transportation of narcotic drugs for sale no case is too big or too small. At Glazer Hammond, PLLC we are Experience Attorneys on Your Side.

    5 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    15%
    Driving Under the Influence is when a person drives after having consumed some sort of drug or alcohol. These are generally Class 1 misdemeanors in the State of Arizona. However, in some cases they can be charged as a felony.

    5 years

  4. Landlord or tenant
    15%
    We actively take on Landlord matters from Apartment Complexes, Mobile Home Parks or single to multiple independent houses.

    5 years

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    15%
    Two of the most cited traffic offenses in Coconino County are Criminal Speeding and Reckless Driving. We have an impeccable record of taking care of these issues for clients.

    5 years

Jacob Smets, was born in Chandler, AZ to blue collar parents. Jake's most prominent quality is a hard work ethic, a principle he learned from his folks. Jake graduated early from Northern Arizona University with two Bachelor of Science degrees in American Political Studies and History with a minor in global studies. Both degrees were earned while playing on the college hockey team, the NAU Ice Jacks.
Upon graduating from NAU, Jake worked in sales and technology for six months before attending the University of South Dakota School of Law in Vermillion, SD. Throughout law school, Jake was active in numerous extracurricular activities. These included competing in two trial competition teams; actively worked as a board member of the Environmental Law Society and the Sustainability Committee at USD; donating his time to Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) services, representing children in dependency matters; built houses with Habitat for Humanity; completed both RD HURD-a Family Law Indigent Law Defense Practicum-, and Veteran's Legal Education Group legal clinic, as well as running the Veteran's Black Hills 14th Annual Marathon. Meanwhile, he was also able to hold down three part time jobs, a testament to his ability to prioritize and multitask as well.

Jake graduated from law school in May of 2018 and was eager for an opportunity to return to Flagstaff. Luckily, he found that opportunity with Glazer Hammond, PLLC, working as a criminal defense attorney.

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Licensed for 4 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2018
Updated 12/21/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Jacob

Glazer, Hammond, & Ruben, PLLC
508 N. Humphreys St.
Flagstaff, AZ, 86001

Reviews

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Posted by CB | March 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I highly recommend!
An employment background check came back with a DUI from over five years ago whose charges were never filed. The prospective employer needed proof from my attorney's office explaining so. Mr. Smet promptly prepared a letter that satisfactorily cleared me. I was able to secure employment. I am so grateful for his assistance. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Robert | August 11, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responsive, Knowledgable, and Professional
Jason Smets was amazing. I called about a minor speeding ticket. Jason explained the best way to handle getting the ticket dismissed and sent me links for defensive driving school. My ticket was dissmssed and no points on my license. I know Flagstaff Law handles bigger cases, but Jason still treated me like I was just as important as their bigger clients. I would definitely recommend them for legal repesentation. Also, be sure to lower your speed quickly from 55 mph to 35 mph when leaving the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and entering Fredonia. The speed trap is waiting : P
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Off road misdemeanor
Jake was very friendly. He told me what to expect and where he could help me. I hope I don't have an issue like this again but will call Jake if I do.
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very, informative consultation, the intersection of law and Covid-19 in 2020.
I consulted Mr. Smets regarding a DUI sentencing manner and how Covid-19 is effecting it. All my questions and concerns were answered. If I move forward, I will choose Mr. Smets as my attorney.
Posted by CHAD | July 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Jacob is excellent excellent attorney I I was in legal situation at the end he told me don't worry my anxiety level was crazy my situation came out great I'm very thankful for hiring him thanks again
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
Jacob and his team were very professional and polite all the way through my criminal case. They were efficient and diligent in their work and won my case! Jacob fought my case until the end and got it dismissed. I would highly recommend Jacob as a lawyer to anyone in need.
Posted by Randy | May 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Navigating the DUI Process
Jake was truly a godsend when my son was arrested for a DUI in Flagstaff. My son is a California resident who was attending school in Flagstaff when arrested, and he was just a month shy of his 21st birthday which made the matter a little more complicated. I made the decision to immediately hire Jacob Smets and the Glazer Hammond, PLLC team to represent my son after significant research into DUI attorney's in the Flagstaff area. From the time of our first call and through the entire next year, Jake and his staff provided excellent guidance and representation throughout the entire process. Jake and his team let me know what to expect both for the Arizona charges, and explained what impact those charges might have on my son's California driver license and possible charges with the California DMV. We could not have been happier with the outcome of the case, or the representation that Jake and his firm provided to my son! Jake is a true professional and a pleasure to work with. If anyone ever finds themselves in a similar situation, I highly recommend that they contact Jake Smelts and his colleagues at Glazer Hammond, PLLC.
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Posted by Amber | April 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jacob R. Smets
Through a series of unforeseeable events, I found myself in grave need of legal representation. I knew my situation was quite unique and would require someone just as unique. My circumstances required a lawyer who could see me and my case both through the eyes of legal discipline as well as through human eyes and to simultaneously meld these vital components together. In my professional experience, this is not an easy find. Initially, I heard about Jacob R. Smets by reputation. New to being on the other side of the law, I was scared; Jacob could see that. The moment I stepped into his office I knew, without needing to glance at his office walls looking for evidence and certificates substantiating his success, that I found who I needed. I was where I needed to be. The legal process in its entirety, was thoroughly explained every step of the way by Jacob and the efficient members of the Glazer and Hammond firm. Every question I had, which was a staggering amount, was patiently explained to me in a custom order fashion, as we all know we interpret and process information differently. Jacob was able to break down the legal jargon into bite size pieces that anyone of us could easily digest. Jacob achieved the best possible outcome specific to my case which was quite a victory for me. His legal professionalism and human insight into the client as an individual, is unparalleled. Throughout my life, and in my current profession, I have worked with and am related to, a wide rage of professionals such as: doctors, surgeons, detectives, lawyers, judges, engineers, scientists, etc. Most of them do not realize that they are dealing with people- living, breathing, feeling people who are scared, afraid, and are often facing this situation alone. The most successful professionals I know realize that you have to be both mind and heart in order to accomplish the necessary. Jacob knows this. I will always recommend Jacob Russell Smets to anyone who may find themselves in a situation that requires dedicated legal representation, a passion for justice, followed by professional efficient results while maintaining a compassionate humanity for his client. Professionally, I have not known his equal. I would put my life in his hands. In fact, I did. And I would do it again. -A
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Posted by Emily | April 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Criminal ticket consultation
I had recently gotten a traffic ticket which put me in a precarious situation. I consulted with Jake about my situation and let me know all that I needed to know and made sure I knew all of the possibilities that could happen and what the best outcome would be. He was very informative and put me at ease about my situation.
Posted by Kyle | April 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Career threatening case dismissed- I wouldn't want anyone other than Mr. Jacob Smets.
I had an "incident" take place that was really unfortunate in the sense that the police decided to escalate a non-problematic situation into a problematic situation that put my career and livelihood into question. Due to the high importance of correcting this issue, a family member of mine and myself independently consulted with 20+ attorneys throughout Arizona that had experience in criminal cases. A couple weeks later when we reconvened to make a decision on an attorney to represent me, my family member and I both had Jacob at the top of our list. When deciding on an attorney, there were two specific attributes that I was looking for. I sought out an attorney with admirable character and an intelligent attorney that I knew could successfully navigate the case to a dismissal. Jacob checked those boxes off and more. During the consultation, Jacob's genuine, sincere, and personable character traits paired with his overt dedication to help correct my unfortunate/wrongful case immediately separated him above the other 20+ lawyers that I consulted with. Enhancing his honorable personality, was his apparent intelligence and abilities as an attorney. When it came time to fighting my charges, Jacob laid out several "game plans" (for my lack of a better word) of how we would fight the case depending on how everything else played out with each game plan being well thought out and dedicated to achieving the best outcome for my case. I've never been in any legal trouble so one thing that I appreciated throughout my experience with Jacob was that he thoroughly answered/provided explanations for hundreds of my questions and was very honest with me about my case and the range of possible outcomes due to the specific charges I was facing (even the bad ones that I didn't want to hear but needed to hear). Throughout the entire process, Jacob instilled confidence within me that we'd ultimately achieve the best outcome, but always kept it straightforward with me to avoid leading me on, giving me false hope, or making promises that he couldn't keep. To me, that's a direct indication of Mr. Smets's excellent character. Jacob was always easy to contact whenever I needed to reach him, responded extremely quickly to emails, and even gave me his personal contact information to get a hold of him when he went out of town for a weekend which I really respected. In the end, Mr. Jacob Smets truly saved my career and turned a situation that was wrongfully escalated into charges/a criminal case into a successful dismissal of the case. I couldn't be more pleased with the experience provided by Jacob and would recommend him 1 million times over again - Mr. Smets is a great attorney and an even better person.
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Response from Jacob Smets April 7, 2020
Kyle, You’re a great young man with a wonderful future ahead! I am happy you got the result you deserved! Thank you for your kind words and I wish you and your family well in these unusual times! Best wishes, Jacob Smets
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Free Consultation
Jacob was instrumental in providing me with the information that I needed leading up to my court date. He was not afraid to give the numbers of other lawyers to me, and I really felt he was sincere in that he wanted what was best for me. If I ever am in legal trouble again, there is no doubt that Jacob will get my call first!
Posted by Nicole | December 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Could not ask for better!
I had never had to hire an attorney before and was completely lost and confused as to what to do. I contacted Jacob Smets who took the time to answer all my questions and made sure my case was resolved with the best possible outcome all while being both professional and compassionate to my situation. My offence was minor in comparison to others Jake was handling but he never made me feel like mine was less important and always kept me up to date on the progress of my case. All in all, I'm super grateful and would recommend Jake a million times over!
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Response from Jacob Smets December 11, 2019
Nicole, I was happy to serve you in this case! I know it had its up and downs but I'm glad we got you to the outcome you wanted and deserved! Best wishes and happy holidays! -Jacob Smets & the Glazer Hammond, PLLC team
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
response and fabulous attorney
He took care of my traffic case with 6 months and keep updating everything to me. I didn’t need to worry about anything with his professional. He is really good with no doubt.
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely helpful!
I hired Mr. Smets to handle a traffic ticket. He is very professional and helpful, and he was able to answer all my questions timely with great details. With his expertise and diligent work, the case was successfully resolved.
Posted by Curtis | September 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Communication!
I hired Jacob Smets to handle a legal issue and am very pleased with his timely efforts which resulted in a successful resolution .
Posted by Aaron | July 27, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Consultation
Went to Jake for a consultation was very impressed with his professionalism, and honesty left his office feeling much better about my situation. Will be hiring him in the future.
Posted by Edward | May 6, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Regional Sales Manager
Mr. Smets took over a case that was stalled because the prosecutor was firm in his position and unwilling to look at a path that would be acceptable for both parties. Mr. Smets came in with a can do attitude and spent time proposing a variety of strategies that would bring an acceptable resolution to our case. His legal analysis was skillful and swift. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Sr. Corporate Account Manager
Mr. Smets was consulted and then hired by my daughter to handle an criminal moving violation due to injury. She would have had a criminal record moving forward and lost her license for a min. of 6 months. Due to the expertise and diligent work of Mr. Smets, he was able to get the criminal charges dropped and have the ticket changed to a civil ticket. Thank you Jacob Smets without you the outcome would have most definitely had a long term negative effect. We are EXTREMELY happy with this positive outcome you obtained on behalf of my daughter.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Super Star Attorney!
Don't let Jake's youthful appearance fool you. This bright young man is a special breed. He's smart, to the point, professional and knowledgeable. Jake is hard working he mentioned that he is an attorney by day and Best Buy employ at night. Crazy...Mr. Smets represented me in Court before a Judge within the City of Chandler. He kept me well informed of my legal rights, my Court dates., Etc. Without Mr. Smets advice I would be a wanted fugitive today. I want to Express my deep gratitude to Jake along with his Employers, Mr. Glazer, and Mr. Hammond Thanks to all you Gentlemen and your outstanding Law Firm... Glazer - Hammond in Flagstaff, AZ. God Bless You and Thanks for your help!1
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful!
I had a civil tort issue regarding the safety of one of my children. Mr. Smets answered all my questions in great professional detail. I was able to make some difficult decisions on moving forward with law enforcement. I will hire Mr. Smets if the situation warrants in the future due to his in depth knowledge and personal service.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Glazer, Hammond, & Ruben, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present

Education

  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2018
  • Northern Arizona University
  • American Political Studies
  • 2014
  • Northern Arizona University
  • History
  • 2014

Legal Cases

  • Aggravated (Felony) DUI, Endangerment, and Open Container - Reduced to Simple DUI
  • Case Reduced to Simple DUI
  • 5 Felonies Dismissed
  • Case Dismissed
  • Disorderly Conduct A.R.S. 13-2904
  • Case Dismissed
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Associations

  • Coconino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • United States Federal District Court - District of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Attorney
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top Ten Attorney Award
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2021
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Top Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Inc
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2020
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2019
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2019
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Speaking Engagements

  • Phi Kappa Alpha Speaking Engagement
  • Common Crimes and Speaking to Police as a College Student
  • 2022
  • Northern Arizona University Pre-Law Group
  • What's it Like to be a Lawyer?
  • 2022
  • Northern Arizona University Alumni Lawyers Speaking Engagement
  • Networking with Northern Arizona University Students
  • 2022
  • Coconino County Bar Association
  • Rental Housing and the COVID-19 Panedmic
  • 2021
  • NAU Pre-Law
  • What Can You Expect as An Attorney?
  • 2020
  • Talk to Northern Arizona University IceJacks
  • Common Charges and What to Do If Arrested
  • 2019
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (8)
Endorse Jacob
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jake is a rising star. He takes every case to heart and never gives up on clients. Because of this - he achieves amazing results for the clients he works for."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Friend
"I befriended Jacob Smets during our first year in law school and is a friend I still treasure. Mr. Smets has an innate ability to distill complex legal concepts down to understandable and relatable experiences. This ability is a by-product of how intensely Mr. Smets has worked to hone his craft. Mr. Smets' work-ethic is one to marvel. The aptitude for putting his nose to the grindstone and get projects done is a contagious and inspiring trait. I am grateful to have a colleague like Mr. Smets to draw inspiration from."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Jake is very smart, hard working, and down to earth. He is extremely dedicated to obtaining the best result for his clients. I highly recommend him for criminal defense and landlord tenant issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Smets and I attended the University of South Dakota School of Law together. He is very knowledgeable in criminal and landlord tenant matters and will be able to represent you extremely well in both matters."
Landlord or tenant
Landlord or tenant
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Estate planning
Bankruptcy and debt
Criminal defense