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Claude Ashton Van Hook III of Deland, FL is a former felony chief of Prosecution of Seminole County. He is also a board certified expert criminal trial attorney who offers reliable and high quality legal counseling and services. He has 40 years of experience in the criminal law practice.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%



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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2015 Premier 100 Trial AttorneyAmerican Academy of Trial Attorneys2015
Nationally Ranked Superior DUI AttyNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Board Certified Criminal Trial Law since 1992The Florida Bar2013
Re-Certified Criminal LawFlorida Bar2007
Re-Certified Criminal LawFlorida Bar2002
Re-Certifed Criminal LawFlorida Bar1997
Board Certified Criminal LawFlorida Bar1992
Who's Who In American LawMarquis Who's Who Publications Board1984
Model Citizen Fireman of the Year AwardGallager Reality1981
American JurisprudenceUniversity of Florida School of Law1969
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Board Certified Crminal Trial AttorneyClaude Ashton Van Hook, III Law Office1977 - Present
Teacher educatorSeminole Community College1980 - 1983
Chief of the felony divisionSeminole County State Attorney's Office1973 - 1976
Prosecuting AttorneySeminole County State Attorney's Office1972 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember1995 - Present
The Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyersmember1992 - Present
Volusia County Bar Associationmember1980 - Present
American Bar Associationmember1973 - Present
National College of District AttorneysMember1976 - 1977
National District Attorneys' Associationmember1975 - 1977
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. KDUI nolle prossed(dropped)
State v. TNolle Prossed(dropped)
State v. CNolle Prossed(dropped)
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Publication nameTitleDate
20 Fla. L.Weekly Supp. 430State v. J..S.2013
19 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 1031State v.S.2012
18 Fla, L.Weekly Supp. 1176State v. N.G.2011
18 Fla.L. Weekly Supp.863State v. R.C.2011
18 Fla.L.Weekly Supp 522State v. K.T.2011
18 Fla,L.Weekly Supp 470State v. W. K.2011
18 Fla.L. Weekly Supp. 1136STATE v A. C.2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1970
Bellmont Abbey CollegeEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1967
DeLand High SchoolScientific College PreparatoryHigh School Diploma1963
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DeLand Middle SchoolCivil v. Criminal Law1990
Stetson UniversityTruth and Lies1984
DeLand Police DepartmentDefending DUI Cases1984
Stetson University Class taught by KindredTruth and Lies1983
Optimist Club of DeLand, Fl.DUi Law1983
Deltona Jr. High Law WeekCriminal Law1983
DeLand Jr. High SchoolCriminal Law1983
Stetson University Class taught by David ThomasVan Hook Trials1982
St. PetersCrime and the Bill of Rights1982
Seville Elementary Law WeekMock Trial Presentation1982
DeLand Jr. High Law WeekCriminal Law1982
St. Peters Catholic School, DeLand, Fl.Crime and the Bill of Rights1981
Kiwanis Club of DeLandCriminal Law1981
DeLand Jr. HighAuto Accidents and Manslaughter1981
DeLand Jr. HighPlea Bargaining, Death Penalty, Voir Dire Techniques1980
DeLand High School Law WeekSexual Battery, Due Process, Capital Punishment1980
West Volusia Legal SecretariesCriminal Procedure1979
DeLand Jr. High Law Week1976,77,78 changes in criminal law, Juvinile law, branches of government1979
DeLand High School Law WeekSexual Battery, Due Process, Legal Misconceptions1979
Lake Brantley High SchoolThe law1978
DeLand Jr.High School4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments1978
DeLand High SchoolSexual Battery and Due Process1978
Lake Brantley High School4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments1977
Lyman High SchoolChild Abuse1976
Lyman High SchoolSexual Battery1976
Delivered 30 speeches at schools and service clubs through out Volusia and Seminole Counties from 1976 to 1990The Law1976
Bankers Security SeminarWorthless Checks1976
Sanford Plaza MerchantsWorthless Checks1975