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Walt A. Cleveland

Criminal defense Attorney at Bedford, TX

5.0   45 reviews

also known as Walt Allen Cleveland, Walt Cleveland


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About Walt

Learn Walt’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    Misdemeanor and Felony crimes (i.e. burglary, theft, murder, attempted murder, criminal mischief, assault, aggravated assault, unlawful carrying of weapon, resisting arrest, failure to ID, DWI, DUI, drug charges, etc.) Expungment of deferred cases. Juvenile criminal cases.

    24 years, 20,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%

    24 years

  3. Federal crime
    10%

  4. Violent crime
    10%

Mr. Cleveland received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with honors from Dallas Baptist University while serving with the Dallas County Constable's Office. He attained the certification of Master Peace Officer in 1993, the first year that the certification was created. Mr. Cleveland was a Criminal Justice Honoree scholar and member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. During his sixteen-year law enforcement career, Mr. Cleveland distinguished himself in the area of organized and financial criminal investigations while working in cooperation with other state and federal law enforcement organizations. Mr. Cleveland received his Juris Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law where he participated in both Moot Court and Mock Trial honors programs. He was accepted into Phi Delta Phi honors fraternity and was later elected as Magister (president) of Elliott Inn of that organization.

Following law school, Mr. Cleveland was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in Johnson and Somervell Counties where he prosecuted all types of felony offenses with an emphasis on drug crimes. He received special training in and worked on cases involving the civil forfeiture of assets arising out of felony prosecutions , an area he continues to practice in as a defense attorney.

Since entering private practice in 1999, Mr. Cleveland has focused his career on felony criminal defense and represents clients accused of offenses ranging from minor property crimes to capital murder. Mr. Cleveland has twice been named as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Tarrant County by FORT WORTH MAGAZINE and has been interviewed and quoted by local media regarding several high profile cases that he has defended.

Mr. Cleveland volunteers his time with Boy Scouts of America, the I.O.O.F., and the Tarrant County Bar Association. He values the work he has donated or done at reduced rates defending juveniles accused of crimes as particularly rewarding.

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Licensed for 23 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1999
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Walt

Walt A. Cleveland Attorney at Law
1903 Central Drive Suite 101
Bedford, TX, 76021

Reviews

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Posted by Mary | July 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
Mr. Cleveland is very knowledgeable and compassionate. He takes time to talk, and he doesn't hold back. As an ex-police officer, he sees both sides and I highly recommend his services.
Posted by Courtney Davis | April 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Was very pleased!
I was satisfied in the end with how my lawyer and his team worked with me with genuine care and not just an obligation. I know things were delayed for EVERYONE due to our global pandemic but even with this in place I was patient as were they. And I suggest and trust Attorney Walt, and you’ll be in good hands!
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Walt is straightforward, honest and goes the extra mile to help his clients. He was able to recommend a specialized probation program for my felony DWI that I recently completed and it was truly a lifesaver.
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Court Appointed
I met Walt in 2009 after I was arrested on a drug charge, while on probation, and Walt was my court appointed attorney. I have had a few other court appointed attorneys and two I actually paid for, but I would not recommend ANY of them. My charges were in Tarrant County, but my probation was in Parker County. Getting a new charge is obviously a probation violation. Walt offered to represent me in my probation revocation even though he was only appointed to represent me on my new charges. Walt Cleveland is a knowledgeable, caring attorney. He gave me solid advice without being condescending. My life has turned in a whole new direction since then and I don't plan on ever needing a criminal attorney again, but if I did, I wouldn't hesitate to hire Walt Cleveland.
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Posted by Misty | September 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Professional
Mr. Cleveland has gone above and beyond for me and my case. Always has the best advice and was Easy to talk to! Mr. Cleveland and his staff truly care about your case. He is the most respectful and genuine attorney that I have ever met! If you want someone who is highly respectful and extremely knowledgeable then Mr. Cleveland is your guy! Thank you for all you have done and I will be referring people your way if they are in need.
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Posted by Olayinka | April 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Felony
Told me the truth and what he can do for me straight up guy and on top of that he beat my case
Posted by Jack | April 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely one of the best to trust with your life.
I was faced with felony charges several years ago. I met with Walt and explained my situation and set me at ease. He listened and quickly was able to give me the confidence he could handle the situation I found myself facing. Final result was the charges were dropped in the interest of justice. He also handle some incidental related legal issues. Always available and returned calls.
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Posted by Rusty | January 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly Amazed
As our case progressed he was helpful and patient to explain and guide us every step of the way. It was almost as if we were the only client he had, yet I know he is very busy and would sometimes have several cases going in different courtrooms simultaneously. My son had him at first as court appointed, then we later hired him on another case. On the first case I was very skeptical because of the way court appointed attorneys are conveyed in the media. I called eight different attorneys. Five of them knew him. Four of those highly recommended him and one of those went into great detail with me about how much he respected him, convincing me I didn't need to hire another(i.e. him). That was very impressive, but not as impressive as the results he got before one of the known toughest judges in THE known toughest county in the toughest state against certain crimes. I am very thankful we met Walt and Linda and would encourage anyone in a criminally defensive situation to consider his firm. Walt, you changed my mind about defense attorneys for the rest of my life. I appreciate all you did for my son.
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Posted by Melissa | January 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Hero
Walt and Linda are very compassionate and truly care about their clients. I was accused of something I didn’t do and Walt guided me on what I needed to do and he got my case dismissed. I would definitely recommend him. Best attorney I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Posted by Jason | December 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Criminal Legal Representation
This guy is a veritable who's who and who knows who for criminal legal representation. Mr. Cleveland not only knew the law and the tricks of the trade so to speak, he also had solid, great and established relationships with the personnel and Judges within the court and this helped tremendously. Mr. Cleveland was able to ultimately get my case dismissed after completing a class and minimal community service hours, which the Judge took as his recommendation. He also cleverly and skillfully helped me avoid having to pay additional money for court costs and other court ordered fees. I say this without equivocation (hesitation), "He is a Top Notch criminal lawyer and I highly, highly recommend him".
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Posted by Matt | November 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Honest, reliable, hardworking & highly capable
Check out Walt's website defensedoneright.com as it communicates his services well. Honest lawyer seems like a paradoxical term but in Walt's case, it's true. I've had experiences with other attorneys where it seems like they just want to get your money & be done with you but Walt seems most interested in helping people...and he's willing to put in the work to do it
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The attorney who you can count on
Mr. Cleveland has been working on my case for 3 months. He returns my calls promptly and he is always patient with me. He carries out his defense strategic plans step by step with confidence; he again and again proves that I have been wasting my energy to worry about anything. He is the only attorney who I can trust in my 25 years in business.
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Posted by Maggie | August 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer and firm in Texas!
Walt and Linda saved my life! They have compassion for their clients and fight hard to give you the best representation possible. Walt and Linda took the time to carefully review my case and got me the best outcome than any other attorneys had to offer. My autistic daughter and I went up to sign paperwork, and I was blown away by the amount of time, patients, and professionalism they had with us. Believe me I was frantic and sacred. They make everything so easy for you to continue your life in peace, knowing that they have everything under control. I even got calls back checking in on my child and I on their own time, that's rare! I knew my I intuition was correct knowing this was the firm I wanted to represent me. Best decision I ever made! Highly recommend this firm. They make you feel right at home. Thank you so much Mr. Cleveland and Linda. For saving our lives and taking our case serious from the start. Ten stars!!!
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Posted by Dayne | June 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Amazing Man: Better Attorney
Mr. Cleveland was assigned via the justice system to handle my misdemeanor case. I was skeptical of how successful I would be with court-appointed representation, but I was more than blown away with what Walt has done. Not only did he go above and beyond expectations by researching a program I could join to get my charge expunged; He also went out of his way to make sure all of my paperwork was in order when it needed to be, and I only had to physically show up for court once through the entire process! I could not be happier with how things turned out. Mr. Cleveland was respectful and truly had my best interest at heart in learning how he could help me. I would recommend his services to anyone who wants to hear (or doesn't)! I couldn't thank him enough.
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Posted by Stacy | April 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patient
Walt & Linda are very patient and willing to talk to me just about anytime of the business day with my silly small or frantic big concerns or questions I have. I don't trust easy, one thing Walt tells me often is to trust him and let him do his job. So far everything he's said to trust him in he has followed through with and has been correct. If you ask a question be prepared to get the honest truth!!! Thank you Walt Cleveland Thank you Linda (allowing me to text you with my questions an concerns)
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best out of the best!
Mr. Cleveland's experiences and professional analysis answered all of my questions to the greatest relief. I know what to expect, how to prepare and most importantly I know I can count on him in my time of distress.
Posted by Andrew | January 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond Excellent Lawyer
Walt and his assistant, Linda, were extremely helpful throughout my time working with them. In August of 2016, someone accused me of doing something that was completely untrue. Walt took my case for a fair fee and was able to get the case dismissed. This was my first time involved with any legal problems and Walt was very educational and helpful the entire time. Like everyone on here says, he's straight to the point and will help you out.
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Posted by Rena | November 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
The caring attitude from the first time I called until everything was over is what impressed me most about Walt and his staff. He did exactly what he said he would do for me and at a very fair price. I will recommend his services to anyone I know that might need an attorney.
Posted by Melinda | November 9, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Cant go wrong with Mr. Cleveland on your side!! Hire him!!
This man is amazing!!! He cares about people and your not just a dollar sign in his pocket!!! I wish I had found him sooner!!!
Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer around I think.
He took my dwi felony and got it down to misdemeanor with no jail and no probation. He wasted no time. Also very helpful through the occupational liceanse process. I would recommend the Mr Walt Cleveland to anyone.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • National Services Coordinator
  • Concealed Handgun License Protection Plan
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Johnson County District Attorney
  • 1999 - 2001

Education

  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • State v. Griffin
  • All charges dismissed prior to trial.

Associations

  • The College of the State Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Preeminent 4.8 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Annual Top Attorneys List
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2005
  • Annual Top Attorneys List
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2004
  • Annual Top Attorneys List
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2002
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Publications

  • Privateer Publications
  • The Concealed Handgun Manual (quoted)
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Meeting
  • What Problems Do We Have With The Criminal Justice System and How Did We Get Here?
  • 2014
  • Annual Meeting of Texas Concealed Handgun License Instructors Assoc.
  • Deadly force, Civil rights & recent court decisions as related to self defense
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Walt without reservation. Indeed, if I needed a criminal defense attorney, Walt is the one I would call for help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Walt for 16 years. He knows how to get a defendant a great resolution when he or she is arrested. Walt keeps up on changes in criminal laws and works to better represent his clients by attending intensive litigation training. I recommend Walt for any misdemeanor or felony criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have gone to trial with Walt and can attest to his professionalism and court room skill. I can highly recommend Walt for your legal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, talented and thorough litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He sincerely cares about his clients. He is always professional and highly skilled."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I think Walt is one of the most talented criminal defense attorneys I have ever met. If I only knew half of what he knows, I'd be a hell of an attorney."
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