|FL||Member in Good Standing||2000||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Achievement for Zealous Representation of Parents||H. Stephen Pennypacker Dependency General Master||2004|
|Partner||Kinsell, Zadel & Whitaker||2005 - Present|
|Assistant State Attorney||State Attorney's Office 8th Judicial Circuit||1999 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Bench/Bar Committee||Member||2007 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2004 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2004 - Present|
|Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association||President||2007 - 2008|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter)||President||2005 - 2006|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||N/A||Law||1999|
|Ohio University||Communication||BS - Bachelor of Science Cum Laude||1996|
|Law & Justice Conference||Policing the Police||2015|
|Florida Family Law Class||Florida Dependency System||2010|
|Practicing with Profesionalism||Getting involved in your local bar association||2007|
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 John and his partner Miles to see if they could convince the prosecutor to terminate my PTI early. They did so the next day. John and Miles were able to get charges that had lasted for two years and 9 months dropped in just one day. I had the pleasure of personally talking to John, who was so kind as to offer me advice even after the case was dropped. Professional and timely, I highly recommend Kinsell and Whitaker.
Posted by anonymous
I first met John Whitaker and Miles Kinsell back in 2013. I was a college student that was two weeks away from graduating nursing school. After telling my professors about my arrest I was told I would be exited from nursing school without graduating. I was distraught. Miles Kinsell worked tirelessly and went above and beyond what was required of him. Miles was able to get my first DUI dropped to a reckless driving despite my BAL being incredibly high, and having crashed my car. Because of his hard work I was able to graduate nursing school, and continue on in my life. I did not realize at the time that I was an alcoholic and needed help. Here we are now in 2016. I was arrested and charged again with DUI. I thought for sure my life was over. I had been given one get out of jail free card. I knew the state would be gunning for me, and they were. I immediately called Miles and John's office. I spoke with Libby and briefly told her what had happened and that I needed to speak to either John or Miles. John called me back immediately. I met with him the same day. I told John that I needed help. John suggested beginning AA, along with a device called a soberlink which is a breathalyzer you carry around with you and blow into every four hours To track your sobriety time. John walked me thru everything I could be facing this time including jail time, license revocation for one year, and the list goes on and on. I told John that I was a single parent with no support and that going to jail or losing my drivers license was not an option. John said he would do everything he could to keep me out of jail and maintain my driving privileges, and he did. First came the hearing with DMV. Attorneys hardly ever win these hearings but due to John's experience he won the DMV hearing. Had John not won the DMV my license would have been suspended for a minimum of 3 months, I would have lost my job, house, car, etc. From there John began negotiations with the state attorney. John was almost able to get the charge dropped again, but because of witnesses was unable. I pled no contest to DUI. My punishment was 50 hours community service, one year probation, fines, and the judge said I had to wear a "TAD" device which is a huge ankle monitor that detects your BAL thru sweat. John immediately filed a motion to have the ankle monitor removed, and petitioned the court for me to be able to continue my sober link. I thought well he's good, but he can't be that good. I was wrong. The judge agreed that I could take the ankle monitor off and go back on soberlink. Now came time to report my conviction to the Board of nursing. John assisted me with writing the letter to the Board and compiling all the paper work to send the board. I know this has been a long review, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to have the best attorney when facing a DUI. A DUI will ruin your life if you do not have good attorneys. John and Miles are the best attorneys in all of Florida when it comes to DUI. They are caring, and go above and beyond what is needed. They made it possible for me to continue to take care of my daughter and work as a registered nurse for the biggest hospital in Gainesville. Without them my life would have been ruined. Do not make the mistake of hiring anyone else. John can take care of everything from the criminal side to the DMV to reporting your conviction to the Florida Board of Nursing. I cannot say in words how amazing both of these attorneys are.
Nick Zissimopulos, Personal injury Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. John is a honest and hardworking attorney. I have known him for several years. He cares about his clients and about getting them great results. We have worked on cases together and I think he is an excellent member the local bar.
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