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Joe L. Pelton

Joe L. Pelton

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Wills & Living Wills, Divorce & Separation

About Me

  Mr. Pelton has been practicing law for over 37 years (18+ in Houston and 19+ in Abilene). An Abilene native, Mr. Pelton graduated from Abilene High School and McMurry College, now McMurry University . After graduating from McMurry in 1972 with a major in Accounting, he attended the South Texas College of Law while working full-time as the personal accountant for W.B. "Tex" and Sue Fondren Trammell.


  While going to school, Mr. Pelton was also an enlisted/commissioned soldier in the Texas Army National Guard, with 7+ years of service. He graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia at the age of 19, making him one of the youngest Commissioned Officers in the U.S. Army/Texas Army National Guard.


  In 1976, Mr. Pelton began practicing law in Houston, Texas. During his time in Houston, Mr. Pelton was a personal lawyer for Marvin Zindler, a member of KTRK - Eyewitness News in Houston, for over 20 years. (Noteable cases with this representation were the events that occurred and have been portrayed in "The Best Little Whore House in Texas" and Zindler vs. The American Nazi Party.


  In 1994, Mr. Pelton opened the Abilene Office and assisted with the closing of Ed Paynter's Law Office. In addition to practicing law, he began teaching at McMurry, his alma mater. He was a professor for 7 years, teaching American Government, Texas Government, Business Law, and Paralegal Studies.


  Presently, Mr. Pelton is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association and serves as the Ethics Advisor for the West Texas area.


 


  Mr. Pelton is licensed to practice law in the following states/courts:


      Texas - Admitted 1976


      Colorado - Admitted 1994
      United States of America (Southern District of Texas) - Admitted 1977


      United States of America (Northern District of Texas) - Admitted 2014


      United States of America (U.S. Court of Appeals of the 5th Circuit)-Admitted 1985


      Supreme Court of the United States - Admitted 1985

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1976

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Divorce & Separation: 25%
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 25%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joe. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Phil Crowley
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

5800 IH 20 East
Abilene, TX, 79601

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
COActive199408/30/2015
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197608/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ProfessorMcMurry University1994 - 2001
LawyerPelton Law Office1976 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1976

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Health and Wellness FairEstate Planning2014