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Walt Allen Cleveland

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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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    17 years, 20 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    17 years



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  • John L. Barnes

    I endorse Walt without reservation. Indeed, if I needed a criminal defense attorney, Walt is the one I would call for help.


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  • Lisa Mary Haines

    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.


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Contact info

Walt A. Cleveland Attorney at Law

1903 Central Drive Suite 101
Bedford, TX, 76021


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199908/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
Annual Top Attorneys ListFort Worth, Texas Magazine2005
Annual Top Attorneys ListFort Worth, Texas Magazine2004
Annual Top Attorneys ListFort Worth, Texas Magazine2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
National Services CoordinatorConcealed Handgun License Protection Plan2008 - 2014
Assistant District AttorneyJohnson County District Attorney1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
The College of the State BarMember2004 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
Tarrant County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. GriffinAll charges dismissed prior to trial.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Privateer PublicationsThe Concealed Handgun Manual (quoted)2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas A&M University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Dallas Baptist UniversityCriminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly MeetingWhat 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 defense2010