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  Mr. Pelton has been practicing law for over 37 years (18+ in Houston and 19+ in Abilene). An Abilene native, Mr. Pelton graduated from Abilene High School and McMurry College, now McMurry University . After graduating from McMurry in 1972 with a major in Accounting, he attended the South Texas College of Law while working full-time as the personal accountant for W.B. "Tex" and Sue Fondren Trammell.

  While going to school, Mr. Pelton was also an enlisted/commissioned soldier in the Texas Army National Guard, with 7+ years of service. He graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia at the age of 19, making him one of the youngest Commissioned Officers in the U.S. Army/Texas Army National Guard.

  In 1976, Mr. Pelton began practicing law in Houston, Texas. During his time in Houston, Mr. Pelton was a personal lawyer for Marvin Zindler, a member of KTRK - Eyewitness News in Houston, for over 20 years. (Noteable cases with this representation were the events that occurred and have been portrayed in "The Best Little Whore House in Texas" and Zindler vs. The American Nazi Party.

  In 1994, Mr. Pelton opened the Abilene Office and assisted with the closing of Ed Paynter's Law Office. In addition to practicing law, he began teaching at McMurry, his alma mater. He was a professor for 7 years, teaching American Government, Texas Government, Business Law, and Paralegal Studies.

  Presently, Mr. Pelton is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association and serves as the Ethics Advisor for the West Texas area.


  Mr. Pelton is licensed to practice law in the following states/courts:

      Texas - Admitted 1976

      Colorado - Admitted 1994
      United States of America (Southern District of Texas) - Admitted 1977

      United States of America (Northern District of Texas) - Admitted 2014

      United States of America (U.S. Court of Appeals of the 5th Circuit)-Admitted 1985

      Supreme Court of the United States - Admitted 1985


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Divorce: 25%
  3. Wills: 25%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

5800 IH 20 East
Abilene, TX, 79601


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LawyerPelton Law Office1976 - Present
ProfessorMcMurry University1994 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Health and Wellness FairEstate Planning2015
Health and Wellness FairEstate Planning2014