4.5 stars 22 totalReview Steven Kinsell
Posted by Tom
After two years of waiting after arrest for the state attorney to bring my charges against me, I entered a PTI agreement for 18 months. 9 months into this agreement, I contacted Miles and his partner John Whitaker, the latter of whom I had the pleasure of talking to, to see if they could convince the prosecutor to terminate my PTI early. They did so the next day. Miles and John were able to get charges that had lasted for two years and 9 months dropped in just one day. Professional and timely, I highly recommend Kinsell and Whitaker.
Posted by anonymous
I thought my life was over the morning of my first showing. I can't express how devasting and traumatic my arrest was for me. I was pulled over and informed that I had hit a bicyclist and fled the scene of the crime. I was not given further information and my passenger and I were absolutely positive that I had not hit anyone. Believing they had the wrong vehicle, I continued to question the officers. I was not cooperative nor was I pleasant after receiving brief, nondescript answers to my questions and being demanded to adhere to their instructions. I was asked to perform a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer, both of which I refused on the principal that I still did not understand how I could have possibly hit a bicyclist and not noticed. From there things got very chaotic very quickly. I was finally placed under arrest and charged with a hit and run (felony), DUI (misdemeanor), resisting arrest (misdemeanor), and resisting arrest with violence (felony). Upon hearing the details of the witness testimony and the bicyclist the morning of my first hearing, I realized that there was every possibility that I had in fact hit a bicyclist and not realizing the incident occurred let the scene completely unaware of what had happened. I was devasted. I had never been to jail before or gotten in trouble in any way outside of a speeding ticket. I also am a tour guide and a DUI would mean I would never be allowed to hold that position again. Jail was awful, but the media attention and slandering of my name throughout the city the following weeks was even worse. I felt as though every good thing I had ever done was now null and void after this incident. I nearly lost my job, I lost social connections and had to endure very malicious gossip for months at my place of work.
That being said, I was referred to Miles Kinsell. He ended up being a true God send. He was in the higher range of expense for his service. He was also not shy about explaining the severity of my charges and what could come of them if I were to be convicted. I had read that he was not responsive and pushy to get his clients to settle earlier than necessary, so I was hesitant. I ended up choosing him due to his matter of fact attitude and his vast connections, experience and knowledge in the field. I am EXTREMELY grateful that I did. The state prosecutor waited for a very, very long time to formally charge me. Due to this there was a lot of downtime in which I was left in limbo not knowing what would come of it. Miles was not overly communicative during this time which did concern me to begin with but I came to realize that was only because there was nothing to communicate and any time there was he would reach out to me immediately. Even during the waiting period I would call him to ask how things were going and he would always return my call without impatience and was very understanding of how nerve-racking it was to have to wait.
He did the research and work necessary, as well as continual follow up with the state prosecutor, to get the charges of hit and run, DUI, and resisting arrest dismissed before we ever went to court. He then came to an agreement with the state prosecutor, that I felt completely comfortable with, in the form of a PTI in which I admitted to thrashing and kicking in the direction of the officers under the terms of deferring prosecution. If I complete the agreed upon probation and community service without getting in any trouble the felony charge of resisting with violence will also be dropped. The judge himself said this was the best possible outcome for the circumstances in my case.
I cannot express enough how grateful I am for Miles! I would recommend him in a heartbeat. He knows what he is doing, is quick to respond to any questions or concerns, and has formed invaluable connections and relationships within the Gainesville court system. His work and dedication to me and my case has given me a new lease on life!
Posted by anonymous
Miles Kinsell is a great attorney and a also a great person. Libby in the office is also excellent. They are true professionals. My son got in serious legal trouble on his first semester away at college in Gainesville; a drug charge. We consulted with Mr. Kinsell immediately after the incident. We hired him on the spot. He told us exactly what charges the police would most likely file, what the State attorney would most likely do, and all of the possible and probable resolutions to the situation. He definitely knows his way around the Gainesville legal system. And this experience is what enabled him to get my son the best resolution possible.
Mr. Kinsell and his staff, specifically Libby, answered every one of our phone calls, or promptly returned our voice mail messages. We always felt more at ease after the conversation because we knew we were in good hands.
As a result, he definitely got us the best result possible and my son has an opportunity to put this experience behind him with no blemishes on his record.
Posted by anonymous
John Whitaker is a wonderful and compassionate attorney that will do his best to get the best possible outcome for his clients. I hired Mr. Whitaker for a DUI case that could have resulted in 5 plus years prison time for my son. Mr. Whitaker worked diligently to get the prosecutor to agree to local jail time followed by probation, instead, even after a misdemeanor charge. That has allowed my son to do work release while serving his sentence. Not only did he and his staff (Libby) keep us informed every step of the way, but Mr. Whitaker checked on my son in jail every so often even after his case was disposed. I wasn't expecting that. Nice to know there is an attorney out there that truly cares about his clients.
Posted by Jacob
Miles Kinsell and John Whitaker are truly committed to their clients and are the best lawyers to have on your side. Going through a DUI as a young professional is a scary experience filled with uncertainty. Kinsell and Whitaker sat me down addressed every possible outcome and plotted every course of action with honesty. They followed through with every promised action, kept me informed and prepared every step of the way, and got me the best possible outcome. I would highly recommend this team!
Posted by Janet
I have used Mr Kinsell and was extremely pleased with the results. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing defense. He's an excellent attorney!
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Kinsell was incredibly professional but more importantly proficient. I was referred to Mr. Kinsell based on reputation alone and I was more than pleased with his performance. I would highly recommend his legal services as it will likely result in a favorable outcome. Mr. Kinsell was a tremendous advocate/resource from start to finish.
Posted by Jennifer
If you want two committed lawyers these are the guys you want on your side Miles Kinsell and John Whitaker. Libby in the office is also excellent in following up and keeping me posted. At my free consultation I thought I was hiring one lawyer, but I ended up with two. On several if my court dates both were there defending me. They go beyond the normal for their clients. As criminal attorneys they were there repasenting me in family court to help me keep custody of my daughter. I was sentenced to 10 years probation, several times we went before the judge requesting modification to my probation and every requested the judge granted. After serving 5 years of my probation they requested to terminate the final 5 years and the judge granted that request also. The judge stated "mark this one down I have never terminated probation early". It was a blessing for me and my family. Thank you so much, Miles and John for all you do. Best criminal defense lawyers:)
Posted by anonymous
Miles was extremely helpful in our pursuit of getting the case done with the state. It took almost no time to get a deferred prosecution and he would get back to us in a timely manner. It was hard in dealing with the university, but Miles helped to get the sanctions minimized as much as possible and keep me in school.
Posted by Adrian
Miles was very responsive to our needs and concerns. The entire staff, Libby especially, was excellent in follow up and keeping our family in loop. End result was what we had hoped for.