Andrea Arevalos was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She moved to San Antonio in 2006 to complete her college education. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in Legal Studies.
Andrea always knew she wanted to go to Law School, but thought obtaining some real world experience before doing so would be beneficial, so she did just that. In Andrea’s final semester at UTSA, she interned with the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. Upon graduating from UTSA, she was hired on as a Victim’s Advocate and would communicate daily with victims and witnesses of crime. During her time as a Victim's Advocate, she worked with many skilled prosecutors, investigators, and court staff. The highlight of her time as a Victim's Advocate was assisting the prosecution team on a change of venue Capital Murder case where she traveled and stayed in Victoria, Texas for one month working solely on that case. Andrea's time as a Victim's Advocate further solidified her desire to go to law school. In 2010, she left the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office and moved to Houston to attend Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Andrea excelled in law school, graduating with honors in 2013. During her time at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, she gained valuable experience working many jobs. She interned with the Harris County District Attorney's Office where she assisted prosecutors with case preparation. Andrea also worked at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid where she represented indigent clients falling victim to deceptive trade practices. Additionally, she worked in the Criminal Law Legal Clinic on campus at Thurgood Marshall School of Law where she again represented indigent clients charged with criminal offenses in Harris County.
In 2013, right out of law school, Andrea accepted a position with a large Texas personal injury law firm. She worked there a little more than a year and represented injured people in mass tort products liability cases and commercial accident cases. Although she enjoyed learning a new area of law and growing with the firm, her true passion for public service took her back to the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office. In 2015, she accepted a position with the office as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney.
For the past 6.5 years, Andrea has been assigned to numerous divisions within the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office. Assignments include the juvenile trial division, misdemeanor criminal trial division, and felony criminal trial division. Currently she is assigned to the intake division. During these various assignments, Andrea reviewed thousands of criminal cases from inception to disposition. She has tried numerous cases from misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and Assault cases up to Felony Possession and Murder cases. She has participated in specialty courts such as Drug Court, DWI Court, and Veteran’s Treatment Court. In these specialty courts, Andrea learned and understood the balance required when the offender suffers from alcohol abuse, substance abuse, or mental health issues. She was also assigned as a misdemeanor court chief, tasked with supervising fellow junior prosecutors and mentoring them in misdemeanor courts. Most recently, she was assigned to oversee all cite and release cases received in Bexar County. This consisted of communicating with outside agencies such as San Antonio Police Department, Bexar County Sheriff's Office, and the Bexar County Public Defender's Office. She reviewed each and every case that came in, determined eligibility, and monitored conditions of those offenders accepted into the program. In this most recent position, Andrea was able to see the benefits of criminal justice reform, diversion programs, and the impact of meaningful intervention with low level offenders at an early stage of the case.
Andrea is accomplished and competent to sit on the bench of County Court at Law No. 5. She understands what justice looks like. She has been a victim's advocate and a victim of crime herself. She has prosecuted cases but also advocated for indigent offenders and criminal justice reform. She has filed criminal cases and rejected or dismissed cases. She has tried misdemeanor and felony cases to verdict. She has the balance and experience necessary to hold this position. Andrea would be a fair, consistent and reasonable judge. She vows to follow the law and remain impartial. Andrea loves working for the citizens of Bexar County and looks forward to continuing to serve in this new capacity.
When Andrea is not at work, she enjoys spending time outside with her husband of 11 years, Noah, their daughter, Isla, and their 3 dogs. They are parishioners at St. Anthony Claret Catholic Church.