Al Charanza is an experienced Criminal Defense attorney in Lufkin. He has practiced law for over 20 years. Al began his legal career as a Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps where he served as a criminal defense attorney while on active duty. After leaving active duty, Al has continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve as a Judge Advocate, Intelligence Officer and Personnel Officer. He currently has over 23 years of military service and has attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Al was an Assistant District Attorney for Angelina County for four and a half years. In 2003, he left the District Attorney’s Office and started his criminal defense practice.
Al has been adjutant professor at Angelina College teaching in the Police Academy and Paralegal programs where he taught Search & Seizure, Civil Forfeiture, the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and the Texas Penal Code. Al is very knowledgeable of the law. He attends over 20 hours of Continuing Legal Education each year.
Al’s criminal law practice in East Texas includes Angelina, Nacogdoches, Polk, Trinity, Cherokee, San Augustine, Sabine, Jasper and Tyler counties. However, clients have retained Al to represent them throughout Texas in state and federal courts due to his experience and reputation.
1992- South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX- Juris Doctorate, Dean's List
1987- University of Texas, Austin, TX – Bachelor of Science
Board Certified- Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2005
Board Certified - Criminal Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2012
Member, State Bar of Texas since 1992
United States Supreme Court, Washington, DC
Texas Supreme Court, Austin, Texas
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
United States District Court, Western District of Texas
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, New Orleans, LA
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Washington, DC
Angelina County Bar Association (1996-present)
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2003-present)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2003-present)
Texas Association of District and County Attorneys (1998-present)
National District Attorneys Association (1998-2004)
Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals (2009-present)
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