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Peyton Zimmerman Peebles III

Criminal defense Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   45 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Peyton

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      I am committed to protecting your rights. I'm an experienced lawyer, former prosecutor, and former peace officer. I've 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.   

      I helped lead a legislative review committee for criminal law bills and explained those bills to Texas legislators--many of whom had little criminal experience. I was also selected by the Texas Bar president to sit on the State Bar committee for the Rules of Evidence. I served in that capacity for years, helping to review and improve our Texas Rules of Evidence. 

      In 2018 I expanded my practice into the area of personal injury. Too many of my clients had been injured by reckless drivers or unsafe job conditions. Given that most civil attorneys have very little courtroom experience, I found that the transition helped my clients enormously.

      Now I bring this knowledge and experience to people like you, relentlessly representing clients in all courts and on all types of criminal charges and personal injury cases.

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Location

Shellist Peebles McAlister LLP
601 Sawyer Street
Suite 750
Houston, TX, 77007

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Posted by Stephen | April 19, 2024
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Review for my Lawyer
My Lawyer, Peebles, really helped me and my family when we were in a pinch. That is an understatement. I was facing potential prison time. The ordeal was nerve racking, but he seemed very certain of what was going on in the courtrooms. He was professional yet very down to earth and found a way to make you cool under pressure also. Not just me, but my family who didn’t want to see me in jail, are very grateful for Peebles poise and experience. He also clarified what was going on behind the scene in the courtrooms well so that you didn’t feel left in the dark. In the same sense he was a well of knowledge and explained the legal system so you know where you’re at and what’s coming up next for you in your case. He will go the extra mile for you and remain some one to count on. When all was said and done and won my case, both cheering up my family and I, he said “the world was my oyster”, encouraging me if I make the right, good, honest choices they could lead me anywhere. Kind fellow.
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2021
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TSA issue at the airport
Peyton, resolved my case with the upmost care, I couldn't ask for a better person to have handled this.
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2021
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DWI - Harris County
I was arrested back in 2019 for DWI in Harris County. I thought my life was basically over at that point. I thought I would never get a job or will ever be able to overcome this. I don't want to get into the details of the case but It was bad and I was completely lost and had no idea what to do. I was told about Peyton and his firm by someone who had been in the same situation before. I have to say, I believe it was God who bought him into my situation. I met with Peyton and his team immediately made me feel better. Trust me I was a mess at this point but they assured me that it will get better. I truly felt like they were on my side throughout the process. They were upfront in my first meeting and truthfully warned about the nature of my case and the lengthy process and never tried to force them on me. My chances of getting into a Pre-trial Intervention Program was practically zero given the situation. But I am happy to say that, Peyton went to bat for me and was able to get me admitted into the program and got a very good deal on the program and I was able to complete the program in 6 months and the case was successfully dismissed. I cannot stress the importance of having an experienced attorney like Peyton by your side. I am not one to write reviews but I felt like this is something I had to do to help whoever needs to hear it. It will get better!
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Posted by Jeff | September 7, 2021
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Unlawful carry of a weapon
Had a charge unlawful carry of a weapon through TSA dismissed in about 2 1/2 weeks. Very nice and understanding couldn't ask for a better lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2021
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Peyton is great
Peyton got my case dismissed. He was very professional through the whole case. He walked me through how everything works and several options explaining each one. I would highly recommend Peyton Peebles!
Posted by Olamide | May 14, 2021
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Professional, Reassuring, Effective.
Peyton is the pinnacle of these three words, and everything more. From the outset, he reassured me about my situation without giving me any false hope. He was very effective in his strategy and especially great about communicating each step of the plan as it occurred. He exudes professionalism in his mannerism and approach to the craft, going above and beyond my expectations. I truly believe the best decision I made throughout the entire process was employing Peyton's counsel.
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Posted by Todd | February 28, 2021
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Assault – Excellent Jurisprudence
I engaged Mr. Peebles’ Firm through the recommendation of a fellow attorney. Working with the Firm’s Team, Mr. Peebles consulted with me, walked me through my case, provided legal expertise rebutting the prosecution’s claims, and presented precise oral arguments to the Judge. As a legal counselor of my own right, I am under no delusion that my case and ultimate dismissal on all counts could have been done without Peyton’s intervention. I would trust him with the fate of anyone I know, and I speak highly of his skills and refer anyone in trouble to his Firm. You can rest easy with Mr. Peebles’ ability to provide expert legal counsel, instill confidence and deliver a successful outcome!
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Posted by Tyler | November 10, 2020
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Dismissed!
Best lawyer, good prices, very professional and knowledgeable. Got my case dismissed without me ever having to attend court. Would highly reccomend his service to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2020
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Goes above and beyond
Peyton is very knowledgeable in his field. His past experience sets him apart from of his peers. He doesn’t miss a detail and does a top notch job from start to finish. I’m so thankful I was referred to him. You are in good hands with Peyton and will be extremely satisfied with his work.
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2020
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Case dismissed
Peyton Peebles was an amazing attorney from start to finish. I happen to suffer from anxiety and have a major fear of court rooms and the entire legal system in general. Peyton was extremely patient with me and explained information in detail. He really put my worries at ease which allowed me to sleep better at night. I highly recommend Peyton for legal services of any kind.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2019
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Best lawyer you can get in Harris County
I want to say thank you, Attorney Peebles! You made the difference. I was in a family assault case and was convicted by the jury; and sentenced to 1 year in jail. Due to my immigration status, this conviction will trigger a mandatory deportation. I was fortunate enough to be referred to Peyton and subsequently hired him. It took some time; and he worked diligently on my case; and found a huge mistake made by the DA in my case. This finding subsequently gave me the great leverage to negotiate the best possible outcome to my case. The DA office agreed not only the full reopen of my case; and even willing to give me a pretrial intervention program to avoid any criminal proceeding. Peyton is the man if you are in legal trouble.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2019
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Criminal Defense
Peyton was extremely responsive, detailed, and reassuring throughout the entire case. He answered calls, texts, and emails at all hours and never left a doubt that something was not covered or looked in to. I highly recommend them to help with any defense cases!
Posted by Gerald | April 25, 2019
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Great Defense Attorney
Peyton responded quickly to my defense. The morning of my release, he met me in court with very little notice. Peyton handled my case in a very professional manner. He petitioned the Judge and the DA for leniency, which lead to a pre-trial intervention. After one year of compliance, my case was dismissed by the Judge and DA. I would highly recommend Peyton Peebles for your defense attorney. I appreciate everything that Peyton did for my defense, but I hope I never need his assistance again.
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Posted by Mr. Anonymous | April 10, 2019
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Attorney with Integrity
If you're looking for an attorney with integrity and knows his way around the court system who's a former prosecutor then Peyton Peebles is your Attorney. After speaking with Peyton and his team they informed me that my case was a winnable case and i had a dismissal within 5 months without having to go trial. Did i also mention that he's also very reasonably priced. I feel like the world has just been lifted off of my shoulders and i can relax now. Thank you very much to the team that worked my case and thank you to you Peyton for giving me my life back. Stress is a terrible thing that no longer exist.
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Posted by D.C. | March 12, 2019
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Mr.Peebles
This man is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met. His law firm made sure that even in a situation with odds against me and people that were trying to make sure I couldn’t make a life for myself, that I came out on top of the world. He helped me throughout the process mentally and physically, with his applauding act, finally having my case dismissed long before I would go to trial. Their firm gave me a low rate and understood the pressures of my circumstantial situation, which strengthened my trust and faith that they actually wanted to help me and could get things done. I appreciate everything done for me and I’d recommend his firm to anyone I know!
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Posted by Veronica | February 7, 2019
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Accomplished lawyer
He worked with me for 5 years and did an amazing job investigating and consulting us. I thank him for working hard and sticking with us these 5 years. All of his hard work is appreciated and has paid off. I recommend him to anyone that is looking for a good lawyer. There are no words to describe how thankful i am to Mr. Payton and his team. Thank you for everything.
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Posted by AG | January 30, 2019
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Honest, straightforward and superb attorney
Where to begin! Mr. Peebles is everything you'd expect from a competent and reliable attorney and more. His responses are accurate, sincere and he always explains things in a way that makes you feel protected and well-informed. I am extremely thankful for his time and devotion to my case and recommend him to any person who faces a legal situation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2018
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Best in the Business
Peyton was very honest and open, and explained the whole process. He stayed on top of my case from the beginning. Got access to police cam before the DA. He was very responsive during my case and always got back to me in a timely manner. He told me these cases take about 6 months, nothing happens over night. Well 5 months later my case was dismissed. I’m very pleased with everything Peyton did on my behalf.
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Posted by Zafar | October 17, 2018
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Great Lawyer, will highly recommend!
Great attorney who works hard to get the best results for clients. His skills, abilities, knowledge and experience are exceptional. These qualities combined with his efforts to do his very best for his client gave me the best representation I could possibly have had. He did a great job in keeping me informed about the court process and handled my case in an excellent way. I would definitely recommend him! Great job Mr. Peebles!
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2015
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Murder Charge: Not Guilty - Peyton Peebles Is As Good As It Gets
My husband was unrighteously charged with murder two years ago after having to defend himself on our own property. I found The Texas Legal Team law firm online and we were lucky enough to get Peyton and Steve Shellist to represent us. From the very beginning they made us feel at home and gave us the hope we needed in our very uncertain time. For 2 years Peyton worked diligently on our case even taking work home on the weekend when he had to. He was always there for us when we needed him which made us feel more like family than clients. Peyton came to our house and spent hours doing a complete walk through of what happened so that he'd be more acquainted with it. He dug in, he investigated, he covered every single basis as to be familiar with any angle the state might have come up with. In addition, Peyton handles the court room with ease and grace. He was easily able to get the judge to remove the ankle monitor and curfew the state had put my husband on. Peyton was also able to get the judge to let my husband go on vacation with us out of state when he wasn't supposed to leave the county. Peyton Peebles is a master at what he does and his presence is commanding. He's patient, kind, humble and he gets things done. Peyton is extremely educated with multiple degrees and his vast knowledge of the law is unbelievable. Peyton and Steve make a great team. When it came time for trial they were overly prepared and hit it out of the park. From jury selection to closing statements Peyton and Steve showed true professionalism and passion for what they do and they do it extremely well. After a two and one third day trial and a short one hour deliberation, the jury came back with a unanimous verdict of NOT GUILTY. We pretty much had to trust a lawyer with our lives and I'm so glad that lawyer was Peyton. When it comes to lawyers it doesn't get any better than Peyton Peebles!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Shellist Peebles McAlister LLP
  • 2018 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Harris County Courts
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Shellist Peebles McAlister LLP
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Founder
  • The Peebles Firm
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Investigator
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2007
  • Intern
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Summer Clerk
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • 1997 - 1997
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Education

  • University of Houston
  • Police Academy
  • 2005
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1999
  • University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. J___ L___
  • Murder case acquitted by jury. Not guilty.
  • State v. A___ P___
  • Conviction reversed and a new trial ordered
  • State v. N___ A___
  • Grand jury refused to indict - case was "no-billed"
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Associations

  • American Chemical Society
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Bar Association for the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Texas Independent Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education
  • Licensee
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2008
  • Texas District & County Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Herbert Johnson Memorial Award
  • Criminal Justice Center, University of Houston
  • 2005
  • Best Brief
  • Texas District and County Attorney's Association
  • 2003

Publications

  • CSPM, LLP
  • Preparing a Criminal Case for Trial
  • 2013
  • Texas Lawyer
  • A Word Makes a Texas-Sized Difference: A Look at the New Embryonic and Fetal Rights Criminal Statute
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal elements and defenses
  • 2012
  • HBA Actual Innocence
  • Habeas Corpus in Death Penalty Cases
  • 2011
  • Constitutional and Statutory Criminal Law
  • Criminal Defense Theory
  • 2011
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • Persuasive Legal Argument and Writing
  • 2011
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Persuasive Legal Writing
  • 2010
  • District Attorney Investigator Training
  • Handgun Defenses
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (27)
Endorse Peyton
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Peyton since law school. He has focused on criminal law, both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He is known for both his trial skills and appellate work."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Peebles is well versed and experienced in Texas criminal law and procedure."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Peyton is a top notch lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A most insightful and highly respected member of the legal community and an asset to the Avvo community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peyton is a wonderful attorney. Anytime I have a client with a post-conviction issue I send them to Peyton because I know he will do a great job. I also go to him when I have legal questions because he is always willing to help others in the local defense bar. You are in good hands if Peyton is your lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Truly excellent lawyer. Well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Peebles is an oustanding attorney. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Peyton is very experienced and very smart. He is excellent at spotting issues and consistently gets top-notch results. You can go into court with complete confidence when Peyton is your attorney.."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"An incredibly talented criminal defense lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Handling criminal cases and appeals requires an attorney with the ability to comprehend complex factual evidence and legal arguments. Peyton is that attorney. His knowledge of the law is impressive as is his use of that knowledge to fight for his clients. I can take any legal issue to Peyton with the confidence he can give accurate and useful advice."
Appeals Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peyton is a top notch defense attorney. With his diverse background - handling cases from the time criminal charges are filed, through the entire appellate process - he knows how to successfully navigate the waters of the criminal justice system. Peyton is a personable lawyer with a litigation style that prosecutors, judges, and juries are receptive to. I endorse Peyton Peebles."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Peebles. For Criminal Defense Mr. Peebles has great experience in all aspects of the law. Mr. Peebles is also one of the best Appellate Lawyers in the Houston area. If I had a personal appellate issue Mr. Peyton Peebles would be one of the first lawyers I would call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peyton without hesitation. Peyton is one of the top criminal appellate lawyers in the state. He is one of the few lawyers I know who wins writs of habeas corpus and understands what needs to be done in post conviction matters. He cares for his clients and approaches every case like it is a priority."
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Houston Criminal defense Lawyer Peyton Zimmerman Peebles III
Peyton Zimmerman Peebles III
Criminal defense Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 24 years
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