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

Weapon / Firearm Offenses in Pinellas County

St. Petersburg Gun Crime Defense Attorney

Florida law takes a hard line on firearms violations, particularly when guns are connected to the commission of another crime. A conviction for these felony charges may mean mandatory minimum prison time. The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger provides aggessive, experienced criminal defense for gun crimes and felony sentencing enhancements. Our trial lawyer is a former prosecutor who knows the law and may be able to intervene and help avoid or minimize prison time.

Illegal Weapons • Firearm and Deadly Weapon Enhancements

In the Major Crimes division of the state attorney's office, Tim Hessinger prosecuted hundreds of violent crimes, including gun crimes.

He applies that experience in defending you on any charge:

  • 10 - 20 - Life
  • Possession of firearms by a convicted felon
  • Possession after conviction for domestic violence
  • Possession of illegal weapons
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Illegal arms trading/trafficking
  • Unregistered or stolen guns
  • Carrying concealed without a permit
  • Illegal discharge of a firearm
  • Aggravated battery

Penalties for Firearm and Deadly Weapon Offenses

The state of Florida takes a dim view if you are caught with a firearm or deadly weapon after arrest for another felony, or used a weapon to commit the crime. You will face (a) more serious charges or (b) the court can impose a lengthy minimum mandatory sentence. An altercation that would otherwise be a misdemeanor, for example, becomes felony aggravated battery if you attacked the person with a baseball bat or threatened them with a gun.

Crimes that are upgraded or subject to enhancements include:

Former Prosecutor Defending Your Rights

The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger emphasizes early intervention using Attorney Hessinger's experience as a former prosecutor to attack shaky allegations before formal charges are filed. Major gun crimes can sometimes be negotiated to lesser felonies or misdemeanors. We explore all possible defenses, including self-defense or prior threats, and we make the prosecution prove a connection between our client and the weapon.

Contact The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger

Contact us immediately if you have been arrested on weapons charges. Our St. Petersburg firm practices in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, and Manatee County.

You can reach us at (888) 863-7415 or contact us online for a free initial 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
  • “I have referred clients to him over the years with the confidence”

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


  • “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”

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

    Legal Professional

  • “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.”


  • “Far surpassed my expectations”


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

    Legal Professional

  • “Dedicated and Responsive”

    Former Client

  • “Helped put a mistake I made behind me”

    Former Client

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

    Former Client

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

    Diane C.

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

    Legal Professional

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

    Former Client

  • “I was very satisfied with his services and he was the best attorney that I have had the experience working with.”

    Lloyd Law, Jr.

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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