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Thank you for visiting the profile of Kissimmee/Osceola and Orlando criminal defense lawyer Don Waggoner.  I hope that you find the information here helpful and informative. Please call for an appointment for a free consultation. Kissimmee/Osceola and Orlando criminal defense lawyer Don Waggoner represents area residents as well as those here on visits, but accused of a crime. Criminal defense is all we do. Se habla Espanol.

When you are looking for a lawyer to defend you in a criminal matter, there are some things you should remember and consider.  You should remember that your future is at stake-your liberty, your ability to obtain certain business licenses, your right to keep driving, your financial status, your ability to get a job or an apartment or a loan, and many other things.  If you are charged with a crime and you follow the advice to just plead out to it, you are jeopardizing that future.  Kissimmee/Osceola and Orlando criminal defense lawyer Don Waggoner is an attorney who may advise you to plead out in certain cases, but before doing so, I will do certain things that must be done in every case:  1.  I will thoroughly go over your case to the extent I can during your initial consultation and advise you about your rights, the possible punishments, and what outcomes may occur; 2.  I will always get the discovery for your case and examine it for any possible defenses; 3.  I will always go over your discovery with you, advise you about any plans of defense, and discuss any possible motions to suppress the evidence or dismiss the case; 4. I will prepare every case as if it were going to trial; 5. I will discuss with the prosecutor any possible outcomes including dismissal or plea offers; 6. I will always relay any plea offer to you and I will continue to work the case to get a better offer or outcome; 7. I will always do my best to keep you out of jail or prison and to retain your driver's license, although I cannot promise or guarantee any particular outcome.  8.  I will always be honest with you.  Always, whether you plead out or go to trial, that is your choice, not mine.


If you are just looking for the cheapest lawyer to plead you out, Kissimmee/Osceola and Orlando criminal defense lawyer Don Waggoner is not that lawyer.  I am not the most expensive lawyer usually (somewhere in the middle), but I do charge a fee that I think is reasonable and fair.  I always prepare for a trial.  I have conducted more trials than most attorneys in my area-170.  I am not afraid to go to trial and the prosecutors know that.  I think that works to your advantage.  Kissimmee/Osceola criminal defense lawyer Don Waggoner has handled over 10,000 criminal cases in his career.  I do my best to leave my clients satisfied with my services at the end of their case.


I am a retired US Army artillery sergeant.  I went to law school after retiring from the Army.  I participated in Operation Just Cause, the liberation of Panama, in 1989-1990.  I have 15 years experience as an attorney and I have practiced, and still practice, exclusively criminal law.  I do not believe in the death penalty and I do not think the government is always right.


I like to golf, snow ski, SCUBA dive, travel, and debate different issues.  I have also been a baseball/softball umpire, but have retired from doing it.


My Mottos are:


US Army Retired - Defending You Then, Defending you Now

Never a Prosecutor - I've Always Known What Side I'm On - Yours


The Logo of Kissimmee/Osceola and Orlando criminal defense attorney Don Waggoner is the chess Knight.  It represents a Paladin- a heroic champion and a strong supporter or defender of a cause.  I want to be your champion, and I will defend your cause diligently and aggressively against the government.  I love what I do.


Since 1994 I have been the lead counsel in over 170 jury trials.  I have represented accused persons in thousands of cases of all types in criminal matters.


The majority of my cases involved violent crime or drug crimes.  I have represented clients in capital murder cases, drug trafficking, drug dealing, possession and manufacture.  I have also represented clients for vehicular homicides, DUIs, DUI manslaughter, Driving While License Suspended, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident involving death, as well as persons accused of all kinds of theft, Robbery, burglary, and offenses involving firearms.


We can handle Spanish speaking clients.



Languages spoken: German, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    21 years, 6 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    21 years, 500 cases
  3. Violent Crime: 24%
    21 years, 3 thousand cases
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 1%
    11 years, 200 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

41 total 

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  • John Gillespie

    I endorse Don Waggoner. I would not hesitate to hire Don Waggoner if someone in my family were to get into trouble. He is very dedicated to justice and I always refer to him as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Central Florida.


    John Gillespie Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John M O'Brien

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


    John O'Brien Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Don Waggoner Law, PA

1013 Verona St
Kissimmee, FL, 34741


FLMember in Good Standing199409/08/2015
TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative200410/19/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Admonishment
    issued in FL, 2008


    An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    Don’s comment: “Prior to this, my Avvo rating was 9.1. The disciplinary action is for an advertisement I sent out , not for client representation or court actions. My abilities and skills as a criminal defense attorney in the courtroom have not been questioned.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal Eagle9th Judicial Circuit Public Defender2002
Legal Eagle9th Judicial Circuit Public Defender2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole OwnerDon Waggoner Law, P.A.2005 - Present
Assistant Public Defender9th Judicial Circuit Public Defender1994 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseAttorney Member2012 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
NORMLAttorney Member2011 - Present
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member2006 - 2007
United States Supreme Court BarMember2005 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitMember2004 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaMember1997 - Present
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1996 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1996 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. HCts, 1,2,5,7,8=not guilty; cts 3,4 guilty lio DWLS
State v. CNot Guilty
State v. DGuilty LIO of Battery
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Criminal Defense CollegeCriminal DefenseNone Given1998
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Cameron UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1991