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Robert W. Rawlins III

Criminal defense Attorney at Daytona Beach, FL

4.9   35 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1996
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All types of criminal cases. Felonies, misdemeanors and juvenile cases.

    27 years, 6,000 cases

  2. Appeals
    Criminal appeals.

    27 years, 50 cases

  3. Expungement
    Expunge criminal charges.

    27 years, 150 cases

  4. Family
    Child custody, divorce, restraining orders and injunctions.

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Personal injury
    Auto accidents, slip and fall, medical malpractice.

    27 years, 250 cases

Growing up the son of a Circuit Court Judge in Tampa  was an invaluable life experience most attorneys can only dream of before they start their career.  My dad brought me to work with him over the years, allowing me to see firsthand how trial attorneys fought for their clients in the trenches of the courtroom. I knew from a young age I wanted to be a trial attorney.  I also knew from a young age I wanted to practice law in Florida. It is my home.
I went to Jesuit high School in Tampa and in 1991 graduated from the University of Tampa, my dad's alma mater. Wanting to experience what it was like in other parts of the country, I decided to go to law school in Oklahoma.  I moved to Oklahoma in 1992 and enrolled at the University of Tulsa, graduating from the College of Law in 1995. While living in Tulsa I worked part time and full time jobs throughout my law school career.  I delivered pizzas for Dominos Pizza Incorporated, worked as a substitute school teacher in the Tulsa public school district and installed brakes for Midas Mufflers.  All of those jobs and the friends I made throughout college helped mold me into the attorney I am today.  I loved Oklahoma but Florida was always calling me home. After graduating from Law School I moved back to Florida. I decided to move to Daytona Beach. I had worked  in Daytona Beach as a deputy clerk of the courts for a year in 1992 before attending Law School. I met all of the Judges and most lawyers at the time so Daytona Beach seemed like a logical place to begin my career.

In 1996 I started working with my law partner Dave Damore. Most criminal attorneys start their career working for the government either as an assistant state attorney or public defender. I wanted to go into private practice right from the beginning so that's what I did. I have been doing so ever since.  In 2008 Dave Damore and I combined our firm with Matt Romanik and Aaron Delgado. As they say the rest is history. Over the years I have represented thousands of criminal clients.  I have handled every kind of criminal case possible from first degree murder to white collar RICO cases.

In January of 2017 I left my partnership at my old firm and started a new firm in Deland, The Law Office of Robert Rawlins. My firm is locacated in beautiful downtown Deland, Fl. I continue to specialize in Criminal Law as well as occasionally other areas of Law.  
I have been happily married for 18 years and have two beautiful daughters that are my life. I love to hunt and fish and spend time with my children in the outdoors.  I am an avid professional and college sports fan.  I love the Atlanta Braves. My family is heavily involved  with the Girl Scouts of America.

I am a member of the Volusia and Orange County Bar Associations, as well as both the National and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

If you have a case, or need help involving an issue,  please contact my firm. I promise I will do whatever it takes to help you with your problems no matter the issue.  No case is too big or too small.



If there is anything  I can do to help you please do not hesitate to call me to discuss your problem.

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robert w rawlins
227 Seabreeze Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL, 32118


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Posted by Ashton | April 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The best top Attorney in the state of Florida
Mr.Rawlins is amazing!!!! He won my trial that I thought we was gonna lose!!! I couldn’t be more happier !!! I recommend this attorney to everyone!!!! Thank you Mr.Rawlins for everything you done on my case and winning! Million star Lawyer :)
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer God
Today I can attest Robert Rawlins is the greatest attorney is Volusia County, hands down. Three years ago, I was facing nine felony charges with a min/man five years. I was referred by a friend who swore up and down no one could help me better than Mr. Rawlins...he was correct. Not only did Mr. Rawlins get my nine felonies dropped, he also had the court withhold adjudication. I did have to plea to no contest and was sentenced 36 months probation with half reduced if I stayed out of trouble for 18 months. On my 15 month, Robert decided to ask for early termination which was granted. Today, a cinderblock was lifted off my shoulders and I cannot thank him enough for all of his due diligence he applied to my case. Robert Rawlins is a Lawyer God in the criminal justice system.
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Response from Robert Rawlins April 23, 2018
I really appreciate the review. Not sure I’m a Lawyer God but I do thank you for your confidence in me!!! It was my pleasure helping you out and achieving a result that you are happy with! Robert
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Rawlins is a great attorney. He was very helpful and eased all my worries. I would highly recommend Attorney Rawlins to anyone.
Response from Robert Rawlins February 28, 2018
Thank you for the review! I’m glad I was able to help you through whatever issues you were dealing with! Robert
Posted by Susan | September 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney!
Mr. Rawlins has helped me in the past, and I have also referred several of my friends to him. Every case he has handled, and I mean every case, has had a result that far exceeded our expectations. He is friendly and honest, and I personally can't thank him enough.
Response from Robert Rawlins February 28, 2018
Thank you Susan for the kind review. I’m glad I’ve been able to help you with your cases and achieve the desired results you were hoping for. It’s truly been a pleasure helping you out throughout the years. Robert
Posted by Stephanie | August 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
He's the best!
Robert Rawlins represented me in a family law case and he was amazing! He was so kind and knowledgeable and I would and will recommend him to anyone and everyone! He is still assisting me and I truly appreciate him and all his efforts!
Response from Robert Rawlins February 28, 2018
Stephanie, thank you for the review and putting your trust in me as your attorney. I really do appreciate it!!!! Robert
Posted by JT | July 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
DUI, and family law.
Robert represented me in a DUI I was accused of, and was found not guilty. Robert also has advised me in family law matters. I would highly recommend him as your personal defense atty..
Response from Robert Rawlins July 5, 2017
Thank you for the kind review. It was my pleasure representing you in your dui and subsequent victorious trial.
Posted by Theresa | May 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in Florida!
Mr. Rawlins is an amazing Attorney! He is very knowledgeable and really does everything he says he will. I have used him many times for many things. I send everyone I meet or know to him. He is more than my attorney he is now a friend. You will not go wrong using him for any of your legal matters.
Response from Robert Rawlins May 7, 2017
Thank you so much for the kind words! Your friend, Robert
Posted by A Professional | January 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A+++ Knowledgeable, Professional, Friendly. I HIGHLY recommend him!
I am a professional and a simple argument with someone turned into a major legal problem for my life and 20+ year professional career. The charge was absurd to say the least. I was able to talk to Robert very comfortably and he understood the effect this could have on my career, life and family. He reviewed the documentation and quickly knew this needed to be resolved so I would end up with no convictions on my record. It ended with no convictions whatsoever thanks to Robert. Robert had a very good strategy that he explained to me and followed through and executed it very well. He understands the court system, laws and procedures but more importantly he knew what the State Attorney would agree to from personal experience with that office. Thank you again, Robert for saving my career!
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Response from Robert Rawlins January 24, 2017
Thank you so much for those kind words!!! It was certainly my pleasure helping you out with your case. Sincerely, Robert
Posted by Molly | December 18, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Lord Blessed Us With the Best. Nothing but confidence!!!
I contacted Mr Rawlins about two weeks ago regarding my husbands potentially severe criminal case. He was highly recommended by another gentleman but I was hesitant to call due to financial reasons. After going to court with a public defender I knew immediately the public defender was going to do my husband zero Justice. Not to mention when the judge called my husband up to the stand he hadn't even been brought into the court room yet because he hadn't even spoke with him about his case at all which was very unprofessional and unacceptable in my eyes. What they were offering him was absolutely insanely ridiculous and immediately after I got home I called Mr. Rawlins for the free consultation. I was very impressed he got back to me the same day I called and I spoke with him and not one of his assistants. That to me showed me a lot about his character his integrity and his true passion of being an attorney and truly wanting to help people that are in legal situations instead of taking advantage of them and their family members of the financial burden of hiring a private attorney. He truly put me at ease and lifted a weight off my heart and my shoulders. I knew after speaking with him over the telephone that he was the one for us. I have all the faith in the world that he will do a fantastic job representing my husband. I wish it was under different circumstances that we are looking forward to working with you and your team. Now two weeks later I read your reviews which only validated my initial feelings and thoughts that I was beyoned blessed to be referred to you. All the reviews I have read about you and your partners I am beyond impressed.
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Response from Robert Rawlins February 16, 2017
Thank you so much for sharing your feelings about me! I am truly grateful!!!
Posted by Donna Phillips, court reporter | June 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Robert Rawlins is an amazing lawyer
When you are lucky enough to have Robert Rawlins represent you, you are more than just a case number on a file. He takes a special interest in every case and goes above and beyond what most attorneys will do to get the best outcome possible in every case. He is not an attorney who will take a few and then you hardly have contact with him. He is a hands-on attorney 100 percent. His paralegal Meredith is his wing woman. I cannot say enough how Me. Rawlins has helped myself and my family members. He is a true gentleman born and raised in Florida. His father was a circuit judge, so he grew up in the legal world
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Response from Robert Rawlins July 7, 2016
Thank you Donna!!!
Posted by Galli | April 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Personable and very helpful
Mr. Rollins took the time to meet with us to explain all options. He was very respectful and always available. Highly recommended and his fees are more than reasonable. Best lawyer in town.
Response from Robert Rawlins July 1, 2017
Thank you for the review!!!
Posted by Cheryl | April 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Florida's Best
I met Robert Rawlins years ago regarding a "case sensitive" issue that literally, a child's life depended on. This man went above and beyond in and out of the courtroom, passionate on the outside, hellfire on the inside, he did and will fight for what he believes. I will be forever grateful for what this man did for me, what we did together, what the haters said "could not be done" ! We did it! I have contacted Robert Rawlins on several different occasions over the years and he continues to guide me in the right direction. Thank you Robert for being a competent, professional and trustworthy lawyer. I proudly recommend you, and will continue to do so. Cheryl
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Response from Robert Rawlins February 28, 2018
Cheryl, you are more than welcome. Thank you for sharing your experience in your review and putting your trust in me. Your friend, Robert.
Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2015
very thankful
When our young adult son made a foolish choice far from home, we were quite dismayed and shocked. Attorney Rowlins provided knowledgeable advice, helped him work through the unfamiliar process of the court system. and relieved our worry about what would happen to him. We are very grateful to his assistance and would highly recommend him.
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Response from Robert Rawlins July 1, 2017
It was my pleasure representing your son. Thank you for the kind words.
Posted by kelly | March 26, 2015
lawyer with knowledge
I want to give Robert Rawlins a great big thank you ..Not only did he represent me in a legal jam but I can honestly say he is a lawyer with great knowledge and respect for the laws ...yet compasssionate to our human rights ..Thanks for giving me and my family another shot ...Great professional yet compassionate....
Response from Robert Rawlins July 1, 2017
Thank you Kelly for those kind words and review!
Posted by Stephanie | March 16, 2015
Robert Rawlins was recommended to me about ten years ago in a very serious criminal case. At that time, his office was on Ridgewood Avenue. I was 42 at the time, did not know anything about being in trouble for even a minor traffic ticket. I was very blind about everything that concerned the court systems. I was facing up to 40 years in prison if found guilty of my charges. I went into his office to find that Robert was very understanding, knowledgeable, and talked to my level. I became instantly drawn to his knowledge and compassion for people. Robert handled my case in such a professional matter that he has become my family lawyer throughout all these years. I have to add that I did no jail time, which was remarkable to me considering the felony charges that I faced. I have referred numerous clients to him which are truly satisfied with his performance and are all repeat customers. Robert still handles all my cases of various types. Whatever the situation may be, he is the first one I call for legal counsel. I may say that Robert and I have become friends over the years. Not too many lawyers out there that you can truly trust to handle your life affairs. Now he is partners with Damore, Delgado & Romanik. What an outstanding team of lawyers! I wouldn't refer any of my friends or family to no one except Robert Rawlins! HE IS THE BEST!
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Response from Robert Rawlins July 1, 2017
Thank you Stephanie for the kind review. You are not just a former client but a good friend now!
Posted by Shelly | February 18, 2015
Excellent service with in a personal manner
This firm is top notch! Mr. Rawlins is not only an experienced lawyer, he truly cares about his clients and their needs. We have had him for our family lawyer for many years. His office can service all types of lawyer needs, they have a well rounded firm.
Response from Robert Rawlins July 1, 2017
Thank you Shelly for posting your review. I truly appreciate it!
Posted by LouannMatthews | February 17, 2015
From the minute I talked to Mr Rawlins on the phone about my case, I thought he was going to be good. I was wrong. He was AMAZING!!!! He was so quick with everything, and I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders knowing he was in charge. He was absolutely great, and he kept me notified of everything he was doing. I wish I had called him sooner than I did. If you want the best lawyer, call Mr Rawlins, you will NOT be disappointed! Thank you Mr Robert Rawlins, you went above and way beyond my expectations!! I will ONLY be hiring Mr Rawlins if I should need a lawyer in the future.
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Response from Robert Rawlins July 1, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice and kind review. I appreciate it more than you know!
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2015
Best attorney in town!!
Mr. Rawlins represented me in a very serious criminal matter and handled my case with compassion and professionalism. I thought I was in serious trouble and in jeopardy of going to jail. He was able to get all of the charges dropped and did so very quickly. There is no doubt that he cared very much for me and my family and tried to get the very best result possible given the circumstances. The fact that he was able to convince the state attorneys office to drop the charges was nothing short of amazing. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Rawlins and his firm to anybody who needs a lawyer for a criminal matter or for any type of legal issue. They have attorneys in the firm that handle all kinds of different areas of the law. Mr. Rawlins and his firm are the best lawyers in all of Florida as far as I'm concerned. He really cares about his clients and getting the best result possible. It's nice to know there are still lawyers that are honest and really care about their Clients!
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Response from Robert Rawlins July 1, 2017
Thank you so much for the review!
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2015
by far the best lawyer I've ever hired
I was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon when I was attacked in my own car. The cops were threatening me with 30 years in prison. When I went lawyer shopping I could tell right away the ambition and determination he had compared to the rest to fight my case, over the phone and in interview. He was extremely cool but yet professional, I needed the best to make sure I could beat this. He was not too shocked I was convicted and seemed extremely experienced with many cases. He was a man of his word and got me out of it with ease. I'm extremely comfortable using him again knowing he will do the best possible job!! He also has the best lawyers in his office that put there heads together to make sure of best results. Highly recommended!!!! 386 852 3493 u can call me if you have questions
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Response from Robert Rawlins July 1, 2017
Thank you so much for the kind review! It was my pleasure helping you out with your issues and case!
Posted by Shannon | January 14, 2015
A+ attorney
Mr. Rawlins was excellent from the first time I talked to him on the phone. Our son found himself in jail after making a very bad decision. He had never been in trouble with the law and is only 20 years old. We were scared, disappointed, ashamed, and embarrassed to say the least. When I first spoke to Mr. Rawlins on the phone he showed such empathy and compassion for our situation. He has such a great outlook on life and believes in second chances. We had never been involved in the legal system and did not know how to navigate it. Mr. Rawlins put our family at ease with his superior knowledge and confidence. He also had the ability to confer with his partners and their knowledge base. We got the best possible outcome considering the facts of the case. My son did not have to spend anytime in jail and now gets an a second chance at life. His confidence and charisma in the courtroom combined with long standing relationships in the judicial system played a huge role in his ability to fight for my son. I can honestly say I would highly recommend Mr. Rawlins to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney. He helped me and my family through a really difficult time and I will be forever grateful for his comfort and compassion.
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Response from Robert Rawlins July 1, 2017
Thank you Shannon for those kind words. It was my pleasure helping your family out during that most stressful and serious situation!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Partner at Damore Delgado Romanik and Rawlind
  • 2008 - Present
  • Delivery Driver
  • Village Pizza- Spring Hill
  • 1996 - 1996
  • Attorney
  • Damore and Rawlins
  • 1996 - 2008
  • Brake/Muffler Installation
  • Midas Mufflers
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Tulsa School District
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Delivery driver
  • Dominos Pizza-Tulsa
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Deputy Court Clerk
  • Volusia County Clerk of Courts
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Delivery driver
  • Dominos Pizza-Tampa
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Assistant Clerk
  • Hillsborough County Clerk of Courts
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Sales Clerk
  • Circle K food stores
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Produce Clerk
  • U-Save Supermarket
  • 1986 - 1987
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  • University of Tulsa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Tampa
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991
  • Jesuit High School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1987
  • Incarnation Elementary- Tampa
  • 1983
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Legal Cases

  • State of Florida vs. Christina Lapointe-Gates
  • Not Guilty
  • State of Florida vs Evelyn Parker
  • Case dismissed by the State after jury selection.
  • State of Flrida vs. Phillip Hogan
  • Not Guilty on all counts at trial.
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  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1997 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 1997 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • 1996 - Present
  • Volusia County Bar Association
  • 1996 - Present
  • Big Bull Club, Inc
  • President
  • 1978 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Endorsed by Daytona News Journal for County Judge
  • Daytona News Journal
  • 2004


Speaking Engagements

  • Judicial Candidacy
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

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Given (11)
Endorse Robert
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rob is thorough with his work and always well prepared. He's also well respected among other members of the bar and judiciary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Robert for many years and can attest to his excellence as a criminal defense attorney. His many years of practice, many jury trials involving felonies and misdemeanor offenses, and his in depth knowledge of the judges and prosecutors make him the "go to" guy in this area of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rawlins is a top notch criminal defense attorney. He is well respected in the area and known for achieving excellent results for his clients, whether the case is a misdemeanor or serious felony. I would strongly recommend Mr. Rawlins."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is amazing in Court with a very commanding presence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Rawlins fights for all of his clients rights. He still remains professional and ethical."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Rawlins is known as an attorney who will work to resolve a client's case after a thorough investigation and a review of the law and up todate interpretation of thelaw by the courts. This dogged determination is what sets him apart from other highly qualified attorneys in the practice area of central Florida."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr Rawlins is an exceptional attorney who fights for his clients every day. Rob has successfuly gone to trial and won "not guilty" verdicts on cases other attorneys thought could not be won. Rob is respected by all members of the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Rawlins and I have been working together for several years and I endorse him 100 percent. Mr. Rawlins is a trial lawyer - he has tried over one hundred (100) criminal jury trials. Mr. Rawlins is well-liked by the entire legal community and his reputation and personality help him reach excellent resolutions for his clients."
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Daytona Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Robert W. Rawlins III
Robert W. Rawlins III
Criminal defense Attorney
Daytona Beach, FL
Licensed for 27 years