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

Out of State Clients

Florida Criminal Defense for Out-of-State Clients

At The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger we understand the difficulties that out-of-state clients face when they are accused of a Florida crime. Our St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer helps out-of-state clients stay out of court. In some cases, you won't even need to come back to Florida to defend your case. We will defend it for you.

Common Visitor and Student Crimes

Criminal defense attorney Tim Hessinger is a former state prosecutor, which means our team knows how prosecutors prepare their cases and we employ strategic, hard hitting defense to zealously guide our out-of-state clients through Florida's criminal justice system.

We defend out-of-state clients against all criminal charges, including:

Outstanding Warrants in Pinellas County

If you face an outstanding warrant for a Florida crime, we will establish your outstanding obligations and negotiate a resolution with the state. We can often resolve the outstanding warrant without you being arrested or going to jail.

Probation Violations and Transfers

If you are an out-of-state client charged with violating probation in Florida, we can help resolve the probation violation. In some cases, you can avoid being arrested on the probation warrant and avoid being booked into the county jail.

Misdemeanors and Felonies (new charges)

You will likely not have to return to Florida if you are accused of a misdemeanor. We can file a document with the court called a "Plea in Absentia" (PIA), which allows for efficient resolution of your case without a court appearance.

If you face a felony, we will appear for you in court and work out a resolution. You will likely not have to return to Florida until a resolution is reached.

Criminal Defense for Out-of-State College Students

We represent students from Eckerd College, the University of South Florida (USF), and other colleges and universities in Florida. When visiting students face allegations for marijuana possession, destruction of property and other crimes, their future is at stake. We help students fight these charges. If they are charged, we advocate for alternative sentencing.

Find Out What We Can Do for You

Contact us if you have been arrested in Florida. Our firm defends criminal charges from Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Manatee County and Pasco County. Call us at (888) 863-7415 for a free consultation.

Proven Record of Results

Award-Winning Experience on Your Side
  • DUI charge reduced to Reckless Driving DUI
  • Not Guilty after Jury Trial Possession of Undersize Stone Crab Claws
  • Reduced to Felony Battery, dismissed, sealed. Aggravated Battery
  • All charges dropped. Loitering and Prowling
  • All charges dropped. Battery Domestic
  • All charges dropped. Battery on Spouse
  • Charge dismissed / diversion / Sealed Grand Theft
  • Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving. DUI
  • All charges dropped and expunged. GAG Grouper Out of Season
  • All charges dropped. Grand Theft

Our Clients Share Their Experience

Your Story Matters & We're Here to Help You
  • “Dedicated and Responsive”

    Former Client

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


  • “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.”


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

    Former Client

  • “Far surpassed my expectations”


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


  • “Mr. Hessinger is an excellent Attorney.”

    Brittany R.

  • “Brilliant and fearless advocate”

    Legal Professional

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

    Legal Professional

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

    Former Client

  • “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.”


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

    Diane C.

  • “All charges being dropped”


  • “He helped our entire family feel secure”

    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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