RAFAEL H. ZAPATA-YORDAN
Rafael has been a litigator for more than twenty-one years both in State and Federal Courts. During his first sixteen years he practiced in the State and Federal Courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and has been practicing in the State of Texas since 2017. When he arrived in Texas, he practiced at the Webb County Public Defender’s Office in Laredo before moving to Austin with his wife and two sons. Rafael has represented clients charged with all types of Misdemeanor and Felony offenses. Rafael is a proud graduate of the University of Puerto Rico where he received his bachelor’s degree in general sciences, and later received his Juris Doctor from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. Rafael is admitted to six different courts: The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, The Supreme Court of Texas, The United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the Western District of Texas, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In Puerto Rico he represented multiple high-profile clients one of which is Puerto Rico’s largest bank, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, and various government agencies of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He also dedicated many hours to represent criminal defendants pro-bono. Criminal Law was and is his passion which he was able to pursue once he moved to Texas. Rafael started with the Webb County Public Defender’s Office where he served as an Assistant Public Defender in the 49 th District Court representing indigent defendants in all types of Felony cases. A year and a half later he relocated to Austin and has defended the rights of thousands of clients since in a multitude of counties that include Travis, Hays, and Williamson. His experience will be your best ally in your fight to vindicate your rights. Rafael speaks both Spanish and English, enjoys walking, the occasional run, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife and two boys. He is also a proud brother of his Fraternity Phi Eta Mu, the first Puerto Rican Fraternity founded in the University of Puerto Rico in 1923, and an Eagle Scout.
If you have been arrested…
Your FREEDOM is potentially at stake. A conviction can have a huge impact on your job, relationships, and your future. You need to act fast.
“That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer.”
—BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (March 14, 1785)
The United States Constitution provides important limitations on the government that protect the rights of United States citizens. The Texas Constitution grants similar rights ensuring the rights of the accused. A fundamental concept in the United States justice system is that an individual is Innocent Until Proven Guilty. As such, the prosecution must prove you are guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, I strive to prove that you are ‘Not Guilty.’ It is important to remember that Not Guilty does not equal Innocent; Not Guilty equals the state did not prove the case Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.
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