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Charles Kent Zavala

Criminal defense Attorney at Houston, TX

4.8   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2014
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Misdemeanor and Felonies

  2. Immigration
    USCIS, EOIR, Deportation, Asylum, Bond

  3. Business
    Small Business Law


When looking for an attorney it's important to find one who is passionate about their job and doesn't just clock out at the end of the day. After attending law school and working various legal jobs, I developed a true passion for Criminal and Immigration law.


What fascinates me about these two subjects of law is how they are intertwined in our everyday culture and yet so easily over looked. The area of Criminal and Immigration law is changing and it's important to find a lawyer who enjoys keeping up with the new changes and can use their expertise to help you.


 If you are in need of legal help or would just like to understand a current situation more thoroughly, please feel free to contact me. I will gladly explain to you the situation and answer your questions. 

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Zavala Texas Law
2950 North West Loop
Suite 500
Houston, TX, 77092

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4.8 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
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Posted by Susana | May 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, responsive, compasionate
The best experience I have ever had with the legal system. He knows his stuff and he doesn't drag his feet. He handled an immigration case for my adopted son with a pending criminal case. Once I turned in the paperwork, he had a positive response back from immigration within 2 weeks. He told us what he needed to put the best application in, we got it for him, he quickly submitted it and got back good results. He knows what he is doing. He knows what you need to give him to get your best results. I recommend him to all my friends and family.
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Posted by Priscilla | May 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome attorney
Mr. Zavala was great and by far one of the best experiences I had with an attorney. He was dedicated to my dad's case and honest. He fought for us and never once let us feel like he didn't have every thing under control. I will definitley use him again if needed for anything immigration and most definitely recommend him to anybody in need of an immigration lawyer. Thank you Mr. Zavala again!
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Response from Charles Zavala June 2, 2017
It was my pleasure! If you ever need anything please let me know.
Posted by Crystal | March 10, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Advice
Gave great legal advise for free. Very helpful. I trust that he is concerned about his Clients and had their best interest at heart.
Posted by Monica | June 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing ,hardworking, & DEDICATED lawyer!!!
I came across Mr Zavala on aavo. After getting a court appointed attorney, i knew I would have to find someone else who would fight. After speaking and meeting several other attorneys l, I called Charles. We set up a meeting, from the time I talked to him on the til today he has been amazing. He always returned calls, emails. My fiance was facing a motion to adjudicate on his felony probation (which could of meant 2-10 years TDC.). Mr Zavala had that dismissed and put back on probation. He also had the violation of protective order complete with time served in jail. I recommend Mr Zavala to everyone. If your in a rough spot, call him he will listen to you, give advice, and he will fight for you. I'm so thankful for all he's done!!
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Response from Charles Zavala June 4, 2016
It was great working with you two. I am glad I was able to help bring your family back together. Good luck
Posted by Christel | March 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done
Mr. Zavala is a great attorney, you will not go wrong hiring him. He answered countless questions and was always so professional. He tackled my expunction and I am on my way to a clear record.
Posted by Abigail | March 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Work!
We hired the lawyer Charles Zavala to handle my dad's case. Charles Zavala was very professional. My dad is spanish speaking only and I loved how Charles took the time to translate everything and break it down for him. He was always there when we needed him and he was always very punctual to every court hearing. He was able to drop a charge and fought for the best outcome. We couldn't be happier with him and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Walter | October 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Felony charge dropped
I was arrested for lighting a trashcan on fire at my school. I didn't do it but no on believed me. I hired Charles Zavala and he helped me through the case and got my case dismissed! When no one believed me he did!
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard negotiation and case dismissed!!!!
I was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. If I was found guilty I could lose my legal status in this country. Charles negotiated with the prosecutor and was able to get my case dismissed if I completed certain requirements. Thank you!!!!
Posted by Mario | September 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probation instead of jail!!!!
Carlos, helped me get probation on my 2nd DWI. I was scared I was going to jail and I would not be able to become a citizen. He helped me get probation and help me with my citizenship to.
Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helped me understand and how I could help
I called Charles Zavala because a friend of mine was in trouble. He helped me understand the situation better and gave me great advise.
Posted by Janett | August 17, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helped my brother a lot!!!
Charles helped my brother when he was arrested and looking up to 20 years of jail. He was able to get him on probation. Thank you !
Posted by Alfonso | August 10, 2015
Charles fought for my case and made pretty a bad situation
I was arrested for something I did while I was drunk. I was embarrassed and regretful. I call Charles and he help explain my case and to walk me through it. In the end he was able to help me a lot and now I do no have to worry about potential immigration problems.
Posted by Maria | June 5, 2015
Case Dismissed and no immigration problems
Charles got my case dismissed!!! If i was found guilty I would have had to go to jail and would have lost my immigration papers. The prosecutors dropped the charges and now I can go back to my normal life and not worry about being deported, Gracias!!!!
Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2015
Informative and very personable
I went to see Charles Zavala, when I needed some help and information in getting a lawyer. Charles was referred to me by a family friend who said he was smart and trustworthy. I called Charles and he scheduled an appointment in his office as soon as I was able to. He is very charismatic and you can see he enjoys his job. He explained my potential legal situation, its outcomes, and possibilities. Luckily, I can say charges were never brought upon me, but Charles Zavala helped ease my fear and really explained to me the situation. I would recommend Charles Zavala to anyone who needs a Criminal lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2015
Not Guilty on my assault charge
We went to trial and the jury found me not guilty. He put a good defense together and worked hard on my case. I would recommend him to everyone.
Posted by Yessenia | April 27, 2015
Charges dropped!
I was charged with Assault and Interfering with Public Duties. Charles Zavala had both of my cases dismissed fast! He communicated with me every step of the process and worked hard to get my cases dismissed. Thank you
Posted by Paladino | April 18, 2015
Mr. Zavala had my sons Bond reduced
Mr. Zavala help lower my sons bond when it was very high because he is an illegal lien. He had it reduced from $55,000 to much more affordable. He was nice and always communicate with us. I would recommend him to everyone, especially to immigrants. Gracias por todo
Posted by juan | April 16, 2015
He worked hard for my case dismissal when others wouldn't
Others lawyers I spoke with wanted to get me to plea bargain but Charles Zavala took a chance on me and my case got dismissed completely. Thank you so much!
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2015
Thank you for your service
Mr. Zavala helped me in my criminal trial. He was very polite, smart and always communicate with me. I had two charges and he had them both dismissed. He is a very good person. Gracias
Posted by Rufino | January 23, 2015
Case Dismissed and quickly
Mr. Zavala had my misdemeanor case dismissed because I was wrongly arrested and convicted of crime. He fought for me and got the results I deserved.
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Zavala Texas Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Legal intern
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Juan Reyes
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Legal Clerk
  • Theissen Law Firm
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Legal Clerk
  • Law Office of Mana Yegani
  • 2012 - 2013
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  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2014
  • Texas Tech University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011
  • Texas Tech University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Texas v. I.R
  • Dismissed
  • Texas v. JT
  • Probation
  • Texas v. Leiva
  • Dismissed
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  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member/Attorney
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Tech Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Clients' Choice- Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • 2013


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Speaking Engagements

  • CISD High School Seminar
  • Setting Positive Goals after High School
  • 2014
  • CISD Teacher Seminar
  • Modern Student/Teacher Interaction
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Given (14)
Endorse Charles
Immigration Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Charles Zavala without reservation. He is an exceptional attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is a charismatic and passionate attorney who puts his clients' interests first. He carefully analyzes each case and is always researching and applying new techniques to get positive results. He is an excellent communicator, with both his clients and with other attorneys, and his knowledge of immigration law is a great asset to his criminal defense practice. I endorse Charles."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Charles for quite a long time. He has always been professional, hardworking, and ambitious. If you need legal help, you can depend on Charles to look after your best interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles is a relatively new lawyer, but sometimes the newest lawyers are the hungriest and hardest working. That's my impression of Charles. He'll outwork the next guy, and he's not afraid to go into court and fight for his client's rights. He's a guy you'd want in your corner, to be sure."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles a very intelligent attorney that will go the distance for his clients. If you find yourself charged with a crime, you would be lucky to call yourself his client. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Charles for a couple of years and I know him to be a hard worker, caring towards clients, enthusiastic about helping people, problem solver and above all he is a true defender. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been privileged to know Charles both before he became a lawyer and after. This gave me the opportunity to see him develop from a student into a knowledgeable and successful attorney. I am proud to know him, to refer anyone to him and to say that I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Zavala is a true professional who is highly knowledgeable in his field. He is passionate about protecting his client’s rights and getting results that count."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is a great immigration attorney. Anyone needing help with their immigration situation, I would highly recommend them to Charles."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is one of the most hardworking lawyers I know. Accepting new responsibilities and working long hours are emblematic of his work ethic. I met Charles when he was in law school, and over the years I have known him, I have been proud to watch his career continue to advance and develop. He has had many successes in life and they are testament to his hard work and strong character. He is an asset not only to his client but also to our legal community as a whole. Charles possesses the highest degree of integrity and is a loyal, honorable, and dependable attorney. I can assure you that he will never back down to a fight, and will be there for you to the very end. If you are charged with a crime or need legal advice, Charles Zavala is the lawyer for you."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles is extremely charismatic and intelligent attorney. I have known Charles for many years and he thinks the kind of way you would want your lawyer to think. Plus he is bilingual which is an added bonus. I highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Friend
"Ever since I met Charles he's shown the ability to be there for the people who need him. He's dedicated to helping others and has the smarts and courage to defend the rights of his clients. You want a lawyer who truly believes that clients are innocent until proven guilty, Charles is that lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chuck, is a true testament of diligence and perseverance. He is no ordinary thinker, he weighs and measures the facts of his client's cases in a fashion that can only bring great results. He has positioned himself around wisdom and triumph not only to ensure he recognizes the pathways to success but to be forewarned to avoid the pitfalls the practice of law often delivers. Chuck recognizes what is at stake and is prepared to tackle each obstacle with a fury that is unmatched. You can't go wrong with him, oh, and he'll call ya back."
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