Backed by 15 Years' Experience as a Former State Prosecutor Specialized in Criminal Defense

Avoiding Jail in Pinellas County

Alternative Criminal Sentencing in St. Petersburg

No one wants to spend time in jail or prison. You have a family, a job, and a life. At The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger, we fight for our clients' freedom from the moment they learn of the allegations against them. Our St. Petersburg defense lawyer works hard to prevent formal charges from being filed or to reduce those charges. If charges are filed, we negotiate for our clients to serve their jail sentence outside of jail in community programs, house arrests and more. Your future may rest on one decision made by one prosecutor. We can work to give that prosecutor reason to think twice before filing serious charges against you.

Influencing the Prosecutor's Charging Decision

After a person is arrested, a prosecutor reviews the case and the evidence and decides whether to formally charge him or her (filing "Information") or drop charges (filing "No Information"). Usually, a month will pass between when the prosecutor hears about the arrest and when he or she files a charging document called an "Information" or drops the charges by filing a document called a "No Information." During this time, our criminal defense attorney can work to impact their decision.

Attorney Timothy Hessinger formerly served as a state prosecutor, where he made the very same filing decisions that the prosecutor will make in your case. We know where to look for potential weaknesses in the prosecution's case and how to impact the charging decision. We spend a significant amount of time before the charges are filed providing mitigating evidence and additional facts to the prosecutor to try to impact their charging decision.

Alternative Sentencing

There are several different programs that prosecutors or judges can put into place besides — or in addition to — jail time.

We advocate for the best alternative sentencing option for our criminal clients, including:

  • Parks program: cleaning a state park/doing community service on the weekends (this is available to non-violent offenders with a sentence of less than 61 days in the county jail)
  • Negotiating fines in lieu of incarceration/time served
  • Electronic monitoring/work release: wearing an ankle bracelet with an electronic tracking device
  • Residential drug and alcohol treatment for DUI/DWI and drug crimes
  • Community control/house arrest for felony offenders: remaining in your home and work place with restrictions and random visits from Community Control Officers
  • Comprehensive probation for misdemeanors: similar to house arrest - you remain in your home and work place with random visits to ensure you are keeping to requirements

The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin negotiating with your prosecutor to prevent serious charges from ever being filed, reduce your charges, or advocate for alternative sentencing. Let us tell your side of the story.

We work to find alternative and creative solutions for our clients. Our criminal defense lawyer represents clients from St. Petersburg and Pinellas County.

Contact us for a consultation so that we can intervene early.

Proven Record of Results

Award-Winning Experience on Your Side
  • All charges dropped. 2 Counts Battery
  • Reduced to 3 Counts. Wh/Adj 3 years probation. 5 Counts Possession of Child Pornography
  • Reduced to 2 counts. Wh/Adj and probation. 9 Counts - Possession of Child Pornography.
  • Not Guilty after Jury Trial Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
  • All charges Dropped. Aggravated Assault With Motor Vehicle
  • Reduced to Felony Battery, dismissed, sealed. Aggravated Battery
  • Reduced to Misd. Battery. Adjudication Withheld. Aggravated Battery
  • Case Dropped Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon)
  • All charges dropped. Aggravated Child Abuse
  • Case Dropped Aggravated Child Abuse

Our Clients Share Their Experience

Your Story Matters & We're Here to Help You
  • “Tim is one of the best prosecutors & one of the best trial attorneys I have ever worked with.”

    Legal Professional

  • “Overall rating 5 STARs-Excellent!!!!”

    Anthony

  • “All charges being dropped”

    David

  • “I could have not made a better investment on my future and that of my family.”

    Former Client

  • “Tim is well respected within the legal community.”

    Legal Professional

  • “Far surpassed my expectations”

    Jim

  • “He was professional, patient, knowledgeable, kind, helpful, and compassionate.”

    Diane C.

  • “I have referred clients to him over the years with the confidence”

    Legal Professional

  • “He helped our entire family feel secure”

    Former Client

  • “He met every single goal that we had set.”

    Former Client

  • “Mr. Hessinger is an excellent Attorney.”

    Brittany R.

  • “One of the finest defense attorneys in the Tampa Bay”

    Legal Professional

  • “Mr. Hessinger was extremely thorough, thoughtful and most of all gave me a sense of security knowing that I was in the most capable of hands.”

    Dave

  • “Tim Hessinger has an impeccable back ground in law with years of experience and it was demonstrated many times during the case in which he represented me.”

    Robert

  • “Dedicated and Responsive”

    Former Client

Benefits of Choosing Tim Hessinger for Your Case

Why Clients Are Choosing Us
  1. Confidential, complimentary initial consultations
  2. Accepting calls and cases 24 hours a day
  3. Exclusively devoted to criminal defense
  4. Impressive track record of charge reductions, acquittals, and dismissals
  5. 15 years of experience in the State Attorney's office
  6. Named Prosecutor of the Year in 2004
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