St. Petersburg Criminal Defense Lawyers
Welcome to Hessinger & Kilfin Law, a criminal defense firm with offices in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater, Florida. Our law firm is dedicated to understanding the unique needs of each of our clients and to helping them resolve their criminal charges with the best possible results. The cornerstone of our firm's philosophy is providing high quality, personalized legal services to individuals charged with criminal offenses in St. Petersburg and the surrounding communities of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Manatee counties.
Many of our clients have never been exposed to the criminal justice system and are looking for aggressive, result-oriented representation that can provide solutions in criminal matters. Our Florida criminal defense attorneys employ a combination of well thought-out strategy and hard-hitting defense to zealously guide our clients through the complicated criminal justice system. We use the team approach on every case to increase each client's chance of obtaining a favorable resolution.
An Experienced Team on Every Case
Attorney Tim Hessinger is a former 15-year state prosecutor who has handled some of the most highly publicized cases in Tampa Bay. While at the state attorney's office, Tim was in the Major Crime division and prosecuted many child murders, serial rapists, and other crimes that garnered major media attention. Tim developed a reputation as a tough but fair prosecutor who zealously prosecuted each of his cases. Tim left the state attorney's office in February of 2005 and has used his many years of experience as a prosecutor to defend hundreds of criminal cases. Since 2005, Tim has continued to handle some of the most publicized cases in the community from the other side of the aisle. Tim has tried over 130 jury trials.
Attorney Donald Kilfin is a former 6-year state prosecutor who developed an outstanding reputation with other prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys and judges. Don handled all types of felony and misdemeanor cases as a prosecutor, including death penalty cases. As a criminal defense attorney, Don puts his years of experience as a prosecutor to work for each client to achieve the best possible results. Don has defended hundreds of cases from murder to petit theft and has tried over 60 jury trials.
Areas of Practice Experienced Legal Representation
The legal team at our firm handles a variety of criminal charges. Drug charges like
drug trafficking could result in time in jail or prison time. Sex crimes include
sex offenses / rape and
child abuse / child sex crimes. These are serious because, if convicted, you will have to permanently register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. Violent crimes like
battery / assault,
murder and manslaughter, and
weapon / firearm offenses could be charged as a felony, depending on the severity or the circumstances. If you were accused of a
theft offense (burglary / robbery or
white collar crimes), we will do everything in our power to get your charges dropped. To learn more about the practice areas we cover, please see below:
Our firm can also provide you with valuable insight and information as to your rights, legal fees, our pledge to our clients, solutions we provide our clients, resources and drug offenses information center. Despite how intimidating your charges may appear, it is absolutely essential to consult with a member of our firm now. If you are considering the options and benefits of why you should hire an attorney, look no further. When working with our firm, you can rest more easily knowing that your rights will always be protected and your best interests advocated zealously. Call our office for more information!
Our Early Involvement Can Make a Big Difference
There is a window of opportunity between an arrest and the filing of formal charges. In most criminal cases the best opportunity to have charges dropped or reduced is after the arrest and prior to the state attorney filing formal charges. The charging decision can often be impacted by telling the other side of the story or by providing mitigation evidence to the state attorney.
Hessinger Law consistently attacks criminal cases before the state attorney files formal charges. Our pre-filing attack gives our clients the opportunity to impact the state attorney's filing decision and, in some cases, avoid serious charges, minimum mandatory prison sentences and a life-long criminal record. We explore all your
options for a successful solution to your case, with an emphasis on alternatives to prison and a criminal record.
Contact a St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer today!
Contact our St. Petersburg criminal law attorneys immediately for a free initial consultation about your DUI, drug crime, sex crime, murder, burglary, white-collar crime, juvenile crime, or other criminal charges. You can call 24 hours a day at (888) 863-7415
, or you can
reach us by e-mail.
Contact a St. Petersburg criminal attorney from our firm as soon as possible!
We take cases in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, and in the surrounding communities of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Pasco counties.