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     I am committed to protecting my client's rights. I am an experienced lawyer, former prosecutor, and former peace officer. I have handled cases from the lowest level trial courts to the United States Supreme Court. Even though my cases can be complex, however, my clients appreciate the way I can explain them in an easy to understand manner. 


     I’ve handled hundreds of criminal cases at the trial level as well as over 300 criminal cases on appeal or in other post-conviction areas (habeas writs, DNA actions, etc.). I’ve argued cases before the Texas Supreme Court’s criminal branch as both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer. I’ve also handled cases in federal appellate courts and, twice, in the United States Supreme Court. These are all criminal cases.   


     During the 80th Texas Legislature I helped lead a legislative review committee for criminal law bills. Around the same time, former Texas Bar president Gib Walton selected me to sit on the State Bar committee for the Rules of Evidence. I served three years in that capacity, helping to review and improve our Texas Rules of Evidence. 


     Now I bring this knowledge and experience to people like YOU, relentlessly representing clients in all courts and on all types of charges.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Shellist, Peebles & McAlister, LLP

405 Main Street
Suite 200
Houston, TX, 77002

Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 25%
    17 years
  2. Appeals: 25%
    17 years
  3. Federal Crime: 25%
    10 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 25%
    10 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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  • Mark Ryan Thiessen

    Simply brilliant. Peyton is a spectacular lawyer and honestly one of the smartest guys I know. Any client would be lucky to have Peyton in their corner fighting for them.


    Mark Thiessen DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • James Madison Ardoin III

    Peyton is a true dual threat in Houston's legal community. His ability to handle both criminal appeals and trials at a high level is a rare combination. Without hesitation I endorse Peyton Peebles.


    James Ardoin White collar crime Attorney
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TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199907/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Herbert Johnson Memorial AwardCriminal Justice Center, University of Houston2005
Best BriefTexas District and County Attorney's Association2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCapitaine, Shellist, Peebles & McAlister, LLP2011 - Present
FounderThe Peebles Firm2007 - 2011
InvestigatorHarris County District Attorney's Office2005 - 2007
Assistant District AttorneyHarris County District Attorney's Office1999 - 2007
InternHarris County District Attorney's Office1997 - 1999
Summer ClerkUnited States District Court, Southern District of Texas1997 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Chemical SocietyMember2014 - Present
Bar Association for the Fifth Federal CircuitMember2011 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Texas Independent Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Administration of Rules of Evidence CommitteeMember2006 - 2010
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and EducationLicensee2005 - 2008
Houston Bar AssociationMember1999 - 2008
Texas District & County Attorneys AssociationMember1999 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. K___ B___Jury trial - Not Guilty
State v. N___ A___Grand jury refused to indict - case was "no-billed"
State v. T___ R___Grand jury refused to indict - case was "no-billed"
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Houston LawyerNoncitizens Suffering From Criminal Convictions: An Overview of Habeas Options2014
CSPM, LLPPreparing a Criminal Case for Trial2013
Texas LawyerA Word Makes a Texas-Sized Difference: A Look at the New Embryonic and Fetal Rights Criminal Statute2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of HoustonPolice AcademyPolice Academy2005
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of FloridaBiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal LawCriminal elements and defenses2012
HBA Actual InnocenceHabeas Corpus in Death Penalty Cases2011
Constitutional and Statutory Criminal LawCriminal Defense Theory2011
Advanced Legal Research and WritingPersuasive Legal Argument and Writing2011
Legal Research and WritingPersuasive Legal Writing2010
District Attorney Investigator TrainingHandgun Defenses2005