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

St. Petersburg Drug Crime Lawyer

Drug Crime Defense by a Former Pinellas County Prosecutor

The state of Florida provides harsh penalties for marijuana possession and other drug offenses. With the possibility of prison for even a personal use amount of drugs, and mandatory minimum sentences for a trafficking conviction, you need an aggressive and experienced Pinellas County drug crime defense attorney.

At The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger, you are represented by a former state prosecutor who knows the law and how to attack the government's case. Contact us immediately if you were arrested or suspect you are under investigation.

Contact us today for a free consultation from our St. Petersburg drug crime attorney!

Types of Drug Crimes

We handle all state drug charges in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County and Manatee County, including charges involving:

  • Possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia
  • Controlled substances (cocaine, heroin, meth, LSD, etc.)
  • "Date rape" and "club" drugs (MDMA, GHB, Ecstasy)
  • Illegal prescription narcotics (OxyContin, Percocet, etc.)
  • Drug sales or possession with intent to distribute
  • Drug trafficking, importation and conspiracy
  • Marijuana cultivation (grow houses) or methamphetamine manufacture
  • Firearm enhancements

What are the Penalties for Drug Crimes?

Hard time in prison is just the beginning. Drug charges can result in seizure and forfeiture of your assets (money, boats, cars, homes). Your driver's license and professional or business licenses can be revoked. There will be fines, random drug tests, tight parole/probation restrictions, and perhaps mandatory counseling or treatment. Employers are notified, and the felony record will shadow you forever.

Fighting Back in Pinellas County

Attorney Tim Hessinger was a member of the Major Crimes Division before leaving a 15-year career with the Pinellas County state attorney's office. He has handled major drug trafficking cases, marijuana grow houses, and all drug-related felonies. Our accomplished team can readily find the weaknesses in the prosecution's evidence, whether the prosecution's case is based on an undercover sting, informants, a traffic stop, or a search warrant. Attorney Hessigner is proactive, and uses his experience as a former prosecutor to impact the prosecutor's charging decision.

If charges are filed, all possible defenses are explored to fight the allegations and minimize the consequences, including the defenses below:

  • Probable Cause: On marijuana possession and other possession charges, we attack the probable cause for your arrest. Why were you stopped? Were all occupants of the vehicle charged? Were the drugs in plain view? Did you consent to be searched?
  • Alternatives to prison: If you are charged with a third degree felony and you have no priors for violent offenses, you may qualify for Drug Court. Charges are dismissed if you complete treatment and stay out of trouble. If you have an addiction and qualify for treatment, we can often avoid mandatory prison.

Free Consultation — Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking, All Charges

The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger will sit down with you and discuss all your options, including the risks and rewards of going to trial.

Contact our St. Petersburg drug crime defense lawyer 24 hours a day at (888) 863-7415 or by e-mail.

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
  • “We are so grateful beyond words as to hiring such a dedicated attorney who always had our back.”


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

    Former Client

  • “Far surpassed my expectations”


  • “All charges being dropped”


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

    Legal Professional

  • “Dedicated and Responsive”

    Former Client

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

    Diane C.

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


  • “Helped put a mistake I made behind me”

    Former Client

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

    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.”


  • “He helped our entire family feel secure”

    Former Client

  • “Tim is one of the best prosecutors & one of the best trial attorneys I have ever worked with.”

    Legal Professional

  • “Mr. Hessinger is an excellent Attorney.”

    Brittany R.

  • “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.”


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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