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Donald A Pumphrey Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Tallahassee, FL

4.6   21 reviews

also known as Don Pumphrey

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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1997
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    The Law Offices of Don Pumphrey, Jr. has more than 50 years of combined experience in the criminal justice system, and we focus solely on defending clients who face charges such as DUI, drugs, aggravated battery, misdemeanors and felonies.

    26 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Don Pumphrey, Jr. chose to pursue criminal defense in 1999 and in his more than ten years of litigation, he has served thousands of clients. He attended the National College of DUI Defense in 2000 presented on the campus of Harvard University and has defended clients charged with DUI for the last 11 years.

    26 years, 500 cases

  3. Violent crime
    The Law Offices of Don Pumphrey, Jr. remains solely focused on criminal defense cases. I founded this firm with a commitment to provide the strongest defense possible for anyone faced with the devastation of an arrest and criminal charges. That determination has led to successful outcomes for our clients and rapid growth. Today, the firm consists of four bar-certified attorneys along with highly skilled research and support staff. We have seen more than 2,000 cases during the last 11 years.

    26 years, 250 cases

  4. Expungement

  5. Juvenile law

  6. Sex crime

  7. White collar crime


Over 16 years professional experience in defending individuals charged with criminal offenses such as  a felony, misdemeanor, DUI, drug trafficking, domestic violence, assault, battery, theft and murder.

Donald A. Pumphrey, Jr. founded his own private practice in 1999 after working as the Lead Trial Attorney in Pinellas County and Assistant State Attorney for the State Attorney’s office in Pinellas County. Pumphrey, also a former law enforcement officer, has been known for his accomplishments outside of criminal justice as a former NFL Player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

Pumphrey Law is located in Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, and serving individuals charged with both misdemeanor and felony crimes in Leon County and surrounding areas throughout Florida's Second Judicial Circuit including Bristol in Liberty County, Crawfordville in Wakulla County, Monticello in Jefferson County, or Quincy in Gadsden County.

If you are facing criminal charges, and would like to contact Pumphrey Law, call.  You can speak with Tallahassee criminal defense attorney Don Pumphrey about your case.  It is important to protect your rights after an arrest or you will face the strictest punishment and have lost your opportunity to argue the charges.  Call now to begin building your case.


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4.6 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
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Posted by Karen | December 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Intelligent lawyer and man of integrity
Six months after my husband died, I was informed in South Florida, that my son was charged with two misdemeanors in Tallahassee. I needed a lawyer I could trust. Mr. Pumphrey was highly recommended by a reputable law firm in my city. He immediately took charge, and we didn’t have to travel seven hours for the proceedings. He ably advocated for my son. Foolishly my son didn’t follow the course negotiated by Mr. Pumphrey and made a mistake that was a felony. Mr. Pumphrey was compassionate and patient with both of us. He went on and beyond the call of duty to ensure we were all right while he handled the multitude of details to again advocate for my son. He personally got the final signature so my son and I could celebrate Christmas together . I would gladly give Mr. Pumphrey 10 stars for his skill, wise counseling, encouragement, and tenacity that saved my son’s reputation and put him on the right path. He is our knight in shining armor!!
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Posted by Tom | December 2, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Consultation!
I called Don Pumphrey’s law firm on a Friday evening. He called me back the next day, a Saturday, around noon. I was surprised that I would get a call back so soon. I explained to him the facts of my situation. He provided some very helpful insight; he reassured me about my situation. I am so happy that I was able to reach out and speak with someone with his knowledge and expertise!
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Posted by Dominic | May 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Of the Best
Mr. Pumphrey definitely comes highly recommended, easily one of the best Lawyers in the state. Represented a family member facing serious charges and time. Thanks to Don those charges were dismissed.
Posted by Marlon | September 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney In Tallahassee
Don is a great lawyer very helpful & down to earth will go far & beyond to get the job done.I’m glad hired him when I was in my crisis he turned out to be a blessing to me & my family keep me out of jail. Only I try to repay him besides money of course is to stay far away from trouble & do the right thing. I am very grateful thank u Donald Pumphry.
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Posted by Luis | June 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
During difficult time this is the man to have in your corner!
My son being young, violated his probation and falsified three drug test. He was facing felony charges. His life was ruined. Don fought for my son and the result was no conviction no felonies. He saved my son's future.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don is the man!
Don quickly resolved a case against me. He was very resourceful and had great communication as the process unfolded. All in all he got my charge reduced and I was referred to a lawyer for the expungement.
Posted by Karen | October 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Underage DUI
Don is absolutely THE BEST!!! Lets face it…. We all make mistakes right? When my son was in highschool we needed counsel on a DUI charge. This man and his team put us at ease immediately. He explained the legal process and took his case. With so many questions and uncertainty, they made it an unforgettable learning experience which left a positive impression on my son. While Don is the attorney you never WANT TO HAVE TO NEED, he also counsels snd teaches clients how to move forward and become productive citizens. I will aways remember him saying “Let the pilot fly the plane” in a most comforting tone- meaning I got you. And he did!!! Thanks so very much.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My words will always be shamefully weak in praising Mr. Don, Tracey, and ALL their staff.
Mr. Don Pumphrey, CFO Tracey, and the entire staff are: Accessible, Ballsy, Compassionate, Dedicated, Empathetic, Formidable, Genuine, Hardworking, Intelligent, Just, Kind, Lion-hearted, Masterful, Non-judgmental, Observant, Persistent, Quick-witted, Realistic, Sincere, Thoughtful, Upstanding, Vigilant, Well-grounded, Xenial, Yieldable, Zoetic. From the miracle of our first contact, through forty-three (43) months of a living, breathing nightmare, to the end that SHOULD have come in the first 24 hours, THIS man, his wife and their staff were Priceless. They took us in like family; sat and cried with us; got sickened by this case and its players with us; all the time moving forward. Onward. Don Pumphrey Law prepared us for the worst (and it came.) But he kept on the path with us until Justice clawed its way to the top. I sincerely hope you never have to see the filth, egos and complete disregard for justice too often on display in our Courts. Just remember we have the best judicial system in the world. The blame lies with convenience and individual evil.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Domestic violence
I sought an attorney for my friend who is arrested in jail for a reason for domestic violence. Mr. Pumphrey Don provided me very useful information through my first consultation. He also sent me the zoom meeting link to the First Appearance with a judge, through which I and my friend`s family can join to know what is happening in the Pre-Trail. This is very helpful to make a plan in advance for the future. Dr. Pumphrey was straightforward and intelligent. I am 100% satisfied with this consultation.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If your college kid makes a mistake this is the attorney you need
I wish I would had hired Mr Pumphrey from the beginning. We send our kids to college and if they make a mistake, it is hard not knowing attorneys in Tallahassee. One day you receive a call and as a parent, you need to immmediately hire a good attorney. Take this advice from me and hire a litigator. As a parent, who was unaware of the laws, I quickly learned there is a difference between a litigator and an attorney who simply makes plea deals. The actions taken after your child's arrest make a lasting impact on your kid's life. Mr Pumphrey is the atttorney to hire. He will fight for your child versus settle. And if he needs to settle, believe me when I say the outcome will be better. My child is a free man with no charges, thanks to Don Pumphrey. Mr Pumphrey went out of his way to make this happen. He was able to vacate a prior plea (made by another ineffective attorney) and make the difference for my son's life. I am lucky an attorney in Miami referred me to Mr Pumphrey as being the best in Tallahassee. I am writing this review to help other parents who are in the situation I was as a parent. Look no further and trust you child's case to Don Pumphrey. Please don't allow your child to settle for less. Kids will grow and learn but a bad legal decision will impact your child forever.
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Posted by Kim | April 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest integrity
I sought an attorney for my son who is attending fsu. I needed someone I could trust because I live in a different county and can't always be there when my son needed me. Don reassured us and relaxed us within the first moments of our initial visit. He was straight forward, intelligent, and brought integrity to the table. You will not find a finer, more experienced criminal attorney in Tallahassee to handle mistakes made by yourself or your student.
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Posted by David Hoffmn | October 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don Pumphrey A+ 10/10
I chose Don over the next guy because unlike other firms Don meets with you directly and you aren't passed around between different attorneys. He makes you feel right at home and gives you his honest opinion. He has the best price in town and knows everyone there is to know. I would trust him with my case 10/10 times, A+ lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Attorney You Want to Defend You: Don Pumphrey
Amazing attorney. Was always 100% honest with me, and worked hard to defend my case. Nearly 10 years after my case, I called Don for advice on a professional application, and he remembered everything about my case. He was prompt to responding to my inquiries and guided me in a professional manner. Would definitely recommend him to anyone. He is 100% approachable and able to be reached at anytime.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior Attorney with an amazing team!
Not only have I personally retained Mr. Pumphtey's services more than once, I have also referred a number of other people who have likewise engaged his services. Mr. Pumphrey is comfortably and deservedly in the upper echelon of the top tier of criminal defense attorneys in Tallahassee; and there are a number of excellent attorneys in this cohort. But Mr. Pumphrey also brings to the table an entire team of attorneys and other exceptionally qualified and dedicated professionals which work together to afford the highest caliber representation for their clients. But don't just take my word for it. The results are easily found and speak for themselves. I easily recommend Don Pumphrey, Jr., Esquire and his team for your consultation and consideration.
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Posted by Taylor | July 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don saved my life!
I was a college student when I ran into some legal trouble. After receiving many great recommendations about Don, I scheduled my consultation. He was compassionate and put me at ease in regards to my situation. When I hired Don, I knew I had made the right choice. He worked relentlessly to achieve the best possible outcome in my circumstances. Don and his entire staff were always available to help me and comfort me. I would recommend Don Pumphrey, Jr to absolutely anyone with any legal trouble at all. I can't imagine encountering a more personable or capable defense attorney.
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Response from Donald Pumphrey September 5, 2016
Thanks Taylor, you are truly a great human being and an inspiration to anyone who hears your story. I am so very proud of how you have taken adversity, pushed it below you and rose above it. You are truly defining your future. Your story is the one books are written about and blockbuster movies are made. You are truly a blessing and a testament to "doing the right thing" and this attitude and character trait is what builds great things. It is my honor to know you both professionally and personally.
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Posted by AB | November 24, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advice
Got to speak with him over the phone.He gave me great advice ,he listened to me and really seemed to care about my situation.
Posted by Colleen | January 11, 2013
Best Criminal Lawyer in Florida
When I went to see Don Pumphrey Jr. I needed help and didn't know what to do. He met with me (at no charge), listened to my story and then got the case nolle prossed. I highly recommend him to my friends and family when they need help. He's super knowledgeable and his staff is super responsive - always answered my calls and emails promptly. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2012
He is the Best
Don has helped my family thorugh some pretty tragic events.I now consider him family he represents you with all his hart and gives you 110%
Posted by Evie | January 20, 2010
Slam dunk
Mr. Pumphrey took one look at my case and had all of the charges dismissed. These allegations were proven as untrue by Mr. Pumphrey and I have a new view on the practices of law enforcement.
Posted by Krista | July 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is a Fraud and a thief
Don Pumphrey is a fraud. He was my boyfriend's lawyer for 2 years and never even filed ONE motion (except for his motion to withdraw a month before the trial) never contacted any of his witnesses, took $10,000 and literally did NOTHING... other than ask for more money. He texted my boyfriend one day telling him to call ASAP, it was urgent. My boyfriend called him and got no answer, a couple of minutes later, Don texted asking him why he called because he was in a meeting and couldn't talk. It had only been 15 minutes since he had texted my boyfriend telling him to call, it was urgent!!! He sat in on a deposition that my boyfriend's co-defendants attorney was holding, and Don called my boyfriend by the WRONG NAME OVER 20 TIMES!! UGH!!! This guy is the WORST lawyer I've ever seen. DO NOT waste your money!!!
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Pumphrey Law
  • 1999 - Present
  • Lead Trial Attorney
  • State Attorney’s office in Pinellas County
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney’s office in Pinellas County
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • State Of Florida
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Offensive Line (Tackle, Guard, Long Snap)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, National Football League (NFL)
  • 1987 - 1988
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  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1996
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1989
  • University of Georgia, Valdosta State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985
  • Northeast OKlahoma A & M Junior College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1983
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Legal Cases

  • Richard Harte
  • Won - all charges were dropped
  • Charles Free, a.k.a. Jack Hazen
  • Free
  • Driving Under the Influence (2010 CT 4068 A1)
  • Found Not Guilty by a jury of his peers
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  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • US District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • 2011 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • NFL Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Extra Mile Award
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Mock Trial Finalist
  • Stetson University College of Law Trial Advocacy Society
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Dr. Kim Fromme
  • Impact of Alcohol on False Sexual Assault Allegations
  • 2018
  • Pep Rally
  • Life and Football
  • 2016
  • FSU New Student Orientation
  • Crime and Punishment
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don is a truly outstanding criminal defense attorney. I have known Don for years and have co-counseled very complicated college student conduct code violation cases with him. His background in law enforcement and professional sports, as well as his depth of experience and passion for fairness combine to make Don an unusually capable and successful attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with great pleasure that I extend my unequivocal endorsement. I have had the opportunity to work for, with, and against Mr. Pumphrey during my seven years as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. He works tirelessly and dedicates himself wholly to his clients and their cases. He provides a level of customer service and advocacy that is unparalleled. Every client that walks in his door is treated like family."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"You cannot go wrong hiring Don to represent you. He puts the client first and is extremely responsive to questions. He's aggressive and results-oriented, which is what you want out of a criminal defense attorney. Don gave me my first job out of law school and 6 years later I'm still here. He's the reason I'm where I'm at today."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don is one of the most knowledgeable and well respected attorneys in the area. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of representation for a criminal case. Don takes great pride in his work and puts customer service and client satisfaction first in every case he works."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Donald. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several cases to Mr. Pumphrey since coming to know him through shared membership in the state criminal defense association. He is thorough, knowledgable, and diligent. The client's who I have referred to him have always spoke very highly after the representation was concluded."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Don Pumphrey is a very good criminal defense and DUI attorney. He is known for being very prepared at all motion hearings, taking difficult cases to trial and helping his clients fight for the absolute best result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Tallahassee Criminal defense Lawyer Donald A Pumphrey Jr.
Donald A Pumphrey Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Tallahassee, FL
Licensed for 26 years
Free Consultation