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Joe L. Pelton

Criminal defense Attorney at Abilene, TX

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also known as Joe Pelton

  • State Years
    Texas - TX 48 years
    Colorado - CO 29 years
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1976
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1994
    Inactive No misconduct found

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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

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Joe L. Pelton
5800 IH 20 East
Abilene, TX, 79601
Robert Pelton
4001 N. Shepherd Drive, Suite 200
Houston, TX, 77018-5510
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2013
Amazing Experience
Joe is an extremely helpful person. He handled a criminal case for me and did an amazing job. I made a mistake and was told by many people that I was screwed. Joe got my case handled for a great price, and he made it to where I only had to do a little probation and then it would be OFF MY RECORD as long as I didn't get in any trouble during my probation time. His office staff is extremely kind and helpful and I would recommend Joe to anybody needing a lawyer that won't charge you an arm and a leg and still get the job done better than expected!!!!
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Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Pelton Law Office
  • 1976 - Present
  • Member
  • Robert Pelton
  • 1900 - Present
  • Professor
  • McMurry University
  • 1994 - 2001


  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD
  • 1993
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1976


  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Health and Wellness Fair
  • Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Health and Wellness Fair
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
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Abilene Criminal defense Lawyer Joe L. Pelton
Joe L. Pelton
Criminal defense Attorney
Abilene, TX
Licensed for 48 years