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John Douglas Whitaker

John Douglas Whitaker

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Child Abuse

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About Me

John D. Whitaker is a native of Gainesville and graduated from University of Florida College of Law. He is a past president of the local chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the past president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.


 


John first worked for the Office of the State Attorney as a prosecutor specializing in DUI and traffic enforcement. During his time as a prosecutor he handled thousands of cases and attended numerous seminars on the inner workings of law enforcement, DUI investigations and prosecution.


 


 


Since moving to private practice he has handled hundreds criminal cases from theft by a juvenile to attempted murder with a firearm. He continues to attended seminars focusing on criminal defense. His experience on both sides of the criminal justice system have enabled John to analyze every case as both an experienced prosecutor and defense attorney. This gives him the advantage of anticipating the prosecution's strategy and accurately analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of their case.


 


 


 


John has actual trial experience in DUI, possession of cannabis, battery, open container, theft, resisting an officer without violence, resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, escape, grand theft auto, burglary with a battery, aggravated assault with a firearm, sale and possession of cocaine, armed robbery, and attempted murder with a firearm. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
    13 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 39%
    13 years
  3. Child Abuse: 1%
    13 years, 150 cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Steven Miles Kinsell

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Steven Kinsell Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Po Box 140179
Gainesville, FL, 32614

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200008/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of Achievement for Zealous Representation of ParentsH. Stephen Pennypacker Dependency General Master2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerKinsell, Zadel & Whitaker2005 - Present
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office 8th Judicial Circuit1999 - 2002

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar AssociationPresident2007 - 2008
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Bench/Bar CommitteeMember2007 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter)President2005 - 2006
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
FORUM8PRESIDENT'S LETTER2008

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/ALaw1999
Ohio UniversityCommunicationBS - Bachelor of Science Cum Laude1996

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Law & Justice ConferencePolicing the Police2015
Florida Family Law ClassFlorida Dependency System2010
Practicing with ProfesionalismGetting involved in your local bar association2007