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Claude Ashton Van Hook III

Criminal defense Attorney at Deland, FL

5.0   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 53 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1971
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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.

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Claude Ashton Van Hook III
536 W New York Ave
Deland, FL, 32720

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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2022
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Excellent representation! A communicative and very professional lawyer.
Mr Van Hook represented me when I was in college. He did so in a way that allowed me to maintain a clean record, and communicated with me throughout the process. He was a very kind man, a pleasure to work with, and did a hell of a job for me. I'm glad I chose him to represent me, and I HIGHLY recommend him if you're seeking representation!
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Posted by Ron | October 18, 2022
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Best DUI Lawyer
Mr. Van Hook has represented me multiple times, for a reason. He has managed to not get me charged with DUI due to his vast knowledge and specialties in such matters. In the most recent time he was able to get the case dropped by getting the traffic stop itself deemed unlawful. I don’t think one could ask for anything more from an attorney. His court performance is impeccable and impressive. He sees the law from a different perspective than others and I couldn’t ask for anything else. You are wise to hire him to represent you.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2022
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Mr Claude Van Hook lll
Mr Claude Van Hook lll was very professional. I had my first DUI case ever so I had a lot of questions for him And he was always available and made time for me. He managed to get my DUI down to a reckless instead. I hope never be in trouble again, but if I did I would definitely call him again.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2021
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Great lawyer
Mr. Vanhook is a great lawyer he did a good job with my case and had all the charges dropped.
Posted by Jordan | April 27, 2021
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Professional and Proficient
Mr. Van Hook went above and beyond all expectations. He is professional and thorough. He helped my daughter who was facing 5 years (in adult felony court) reach a deal with the state for just 6 months juvenile probation. He never stopped fighting for my daughter and the injustice of her charges. He was well prepared to take it to trial and only by my daughters choice did we go with a plea. If you want to stay out of prison go with VAN HOOK!
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2020
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Great lawyer
Excellent Representation knowledgeable of court navigation good client attention HIGHLY recommended he’s just a great lawyer all they way around the board
Posted by Corey | October 4, 2019
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Awesome Attorney
Attorney Van Hook is hands down the best attorney I've ever had represent me. He's very thorough, very much hands on. The moment I walked out of his office I was confident that my case would be not only resolved, but my case would be won. And it was. I recommend before you hire a lawyer for your case, please give Attorney Van Hook a call. I promise, you won't regret it.
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Posted by Anita | February 11, 2019
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Mr. Claude Ashton Van Hook III truly has a gift.
I was charged with a 2nd degree felony and 1st degree misdemeanor. Mr. Van Hook III got me a PTI (6-month deferment) and all will be dismissed. Amazing!!! My husband had been represented by Mr. Van Hook III in a Jury Trial. Mr. Van Hook III is an outstanding Attorney and in front of a Jury you couldn't ask for a better trial lawyer. So, when I needed help, we knew where to go. I would not trust my life with any other Attorney. Thank you so much A.B.
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Posted by Kristina | January 23, 2019
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Best lawyer in town!!.
I’ve had a few cases over the years and Mr. Van Hook is always my go to guy! He gives the best and realist advice. I recommend everyone I know to him. Definitely the best lawyer around!! You won’t be disappointed!!.
Posted by Anthony | October 18, 2018
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Thank You Attorney Van Hook
The first time I hired Attorney Van Hook was approx.15 years ago, and he handled my case with honestly and integrity, I hired him again 2 years ago and again, had the same outcome, Attorney Van Hook is definitely an attorney I feel very confident to recommend to any of my families or friends that need a great Attorney. Thank you for the great service Attorney Van Hook........A.D.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2018
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Defendant
Mr. Van Hook is very professional and great at his job! I felt he really wanted to identify with me and understand my case, in doing so he achieved a fast and powerful victory. I would recommend Mr. Van Hook hands down! He gets results!
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
I got in some trouble and Mr. Van Hook got me out of it. Got ALL charges against me dropped!! I can never thank him enough for all the work he did for me. Excellent attorney!
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2017
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The best lawyer you can have.
A fantastic attorney I would recommend him to anyone that needs help. I used him and very pleased with the outcome,thank you again.
Posted by Chris | June 28, 2017
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Unequivocally the best...Client and goal focused
Mr. Van Hook's attention to detail, research and knowledge of case law are amazing. His tact with engagement of the court, prosecution and jury is something to behold. From my initial interview to adjudication, Mr. Van Hook made it a point to always communicate the possible outcomes and emphasize the strengths of the case while balancing mitigating factors such as previous record, evidence and intent of the prosecution. His adeptness in jury selection and the ability to navigate the judicial system are beyond reproach. His ability to seamlessly interact with the Court, prosecution and jury should serve as an example for all attorneys. I cannot thank Mr. Van Hook enough for being willing to take a case to trial that defended rights.
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Posted by Kimber | June 23, 2017
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Outstanding!!
I hired Mr. Van Hook to represent me in a criminal case. The State prosecutor kept coming to us with offers of prison time. I was so worried that I was bound for prison. Mr. Van Hook did not stop . He was able to clear me of all charges. He is extremely reasonable on price, professional, he kept me informed always. I highly recommend Mr. Van Hook to anyone seeking legal council! I might add, this is the second time I hired Mr. Van Hook. Both times winning my case!
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Posted by Joshua | June 18, 2017
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Awesome Job!
Mr. Van Hook did an awesome job in defending myself. He was very confident that he could get the charges reduced and he did exactly that! Since the charges were reduced I can carry on with my life and move forward in the direction to better fulfill my career. I would highly recommend Mr. Van Hook to any friends of mine needing legal advice or help. He has exceeded his expectations in professionalism and expertise! Thank you Mr. Van Hook in defending my case for me!
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2017
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Saved me from the employee from hell..
Mr. Van Hook was able to get the false charge against me dismissed completely. He is very professional and experienced. I would use him again, if I have the misfortune of hiring another nut case. I would recommend him to my family or friends.
Posted by Lisa | December 13, 2016
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Great lawyer
Very professional, courteous and caring. Got results the next day!
Posted by Michelle | November 29, 2016
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Thank you
I hired Mr. Van Hook to help me get through a very stressful situation that I was in. What he did for me was amazing beyond words! I would recommend to anyone who needs the Best DUI attorney to give him a call!. Thank you again Mr. Van Hook
Posted by Diego | July 26, 2016
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One of the best lawyers in Florida
Best Lawyer!! I hired Mr. Van Hook to represent me in my criminal case where I was facing more than 35 years of jail if I was found guilty. Facing 2 felonies second degree , one felony third degree and 2 misdemeanours. The case was set for trial that lasted two days, during trial he destroyed the "alleged victims" and impeach them several times. He has many years of experienced and he is a Board certified criminal Trial Lawyer. We obtained a great victory on the trial where the 2 felonies second degree were reduced to misdemeanors. My sentencing was 1 day in jail, yesss only 1 day!! and 6 months probation plus I got withheld adjudication meaning that I will be able to seal my record . I have no words for Mr Van Hook, he is simply the Best lawyer in Florida!!!. If you are in big problems you are in the right place there is no doubt that Mr Van Hook will help. He is well Known in Court for his great victories!!!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Board Certified Crminal Trial Attorney
  • Claude Ashton Van Hook, III Law Office
  • 1977 - Present
  • Teacher educator
  • Seminole Community College
  • 1980 - 1983
  • Chief of the felony division
  • Seminole County State Attorney's Office
  • 1973 - 1976
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Seminole County State Attorney's Office
  • 1972 - 1976
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1970
  • Bellmont Abbey College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1967
  • DeLand High School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1963

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. P. S.
  • Reduced to 2 misdemeanors
  • State v. B
  • Entered into deferred prosecution agreement. Charges dropped in about 3 weeks
  • State v. J.J.
  • DUI completley dropped in return for a plea to a dry reckless, that is to say, not alcohol related.
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Associations

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 1995 - Present
  • The Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyers
  • member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Volusia County Bar Association
  • member
  • 1980 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • member
  • 1973 - Present
  • National College of District Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1976 - 1977
  • National District Attorneys' Association
  • member
  • 1975 - 1977
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Premier 100 Trial Attorney
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Nationally Ranked Superior DUI Atty
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Board Certified Criminal Trial Law since 1992
  • The Florida Bar
  • 2013
  • Re-Certified Criminal Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2007
  • Re-Certified Criminal Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2002
  • Re-Certifed Criminal Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 1997
  • Board Certified Criminal Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 1992
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who Publications Board
  • 1984
  • Model Citizen Fireman of the Year Award
  • Gallager Reality
  • 1981
  • American Jurisprudence
  • University of Florida School of Law
  • 1969
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Publications

  • 27 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 633
  • State v. R. R
  • 2019
  • 25 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 202
  • State v. M.H.
  • 2017
  • 24 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 974
  • State v. A.R
  • 2016
  • 22 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 604
  • State v. W.T.
  • 2014
  • 20 Fla. L.Weekly Supp. 430
  • State v. J..S.
  • 2013
  • 19 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 1031
  • State v.S.
  • 2012
  • 18 Fla, L.Weekly Supp. 1176
  • State v. N.G.
  • 2011
  • 18 Fla.L. Weekly Supp.863
  • State v. R.C.
  • 2011
  • 18 Fla.L.Weekly Supp 522
  • State v. K.T.
  • 2011
  • 18 Fla,L.Weekly Supp 470
  • State v. W. K.
  • 2011
  • 18 Fla.L. Weekly Supp. 1136
  • STATE v A. C.
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • DeLand Middle School
  • Civil v. Criminal Law
  • 1990
  • Stetson University
  • Truth and Lies
  • 1984
  • DeLand Police Department
  • Defending DUI Cases
  • 1984
  • Stetson University Class taught by Kindred
  • Truth and Lies
  • 1983
  • Optimist Club of DeLand, Fl.
  • DUi Law
  • 1983
  • Deltona Jr. High Law Week
  • Criminal Law
  • 1983
  • DeLand Jr. High School
  • Criminal Law
  • 1983
  • Stetson University Class taught by David Thomas
  • Van Hook Trials
  • 1982
  • St. Peters
  • Crime and the Bill of Rights
  • 1982
  • Seville Elementary Law Week
  • Mock Trial Presentation
  • 1982
  • DeLand Jr. High Law Week
  • Criminal Law
  • 1982
  • St. Peters Catholic School, DeLand, Fl.
  • Crime and the Bill of Rights
  • 1981
  • Kiwanis Club of DeLand
  • Criminal Law
  • 1981
  • DeLand Jr. High
  • Auto Accidents and Manslaughter
  • 1981
  • DeLand Jr. High
  • Plea Bargaining, Death Penalty, Voir Dire Techniques
  • 1980
  • DeLand High School Law Week
  • Sexual Battery, Due Process, Capital Punishment
  • 1980
  • West Volusia Legal Secretaries
  • Criminal Procedure
  • 1979
  • DeLand Jr. High Law Week
  • 1976,77,78 changes in criminal law, Juvinile law, branches of government
  • 1979
  • DeLand High School Law Week
  • Sexual Battery, Due Process, Legal Misconceptions
  • 1979
  • Lake Brantley High School
  • The law
  • 1978
  • DeLand Jr.High School
  • 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments
  • 1978
  • DeLand High School
  • Sexual Battery and Due Process
  • 1978
  • Lake Brantley High School
  • 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments
  • 1977
  • Lyman High School
  • Child Abuse
  • 1976
  • Lyman High School
  • Sexual Battery
  • 1976
  • Delivered 30 speeches at schools and service clubs through out Volusia and Seminole Counties from 1976 to 1990
  • The Law
  • 1976
  • Bankers Security Seminar
  • Worthless Checks
  • 1976
  • Sanford Plaza Merchants
  • Worthless Checks
  • 1975
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Van Hook for many years, and he is a knowledgeable attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients. Mr. Van Hook is very well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Claude Van Hook for over 30 years. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has a criminal problem in the Volusia County area. Claude has successfully tried hundreds of cases and does an outstanding job in the courtroom. He also is a very ethical lawyer who has an honest relationship with his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Geoffrey is a superb criminal defense lawyer. He is aggressive, compassionate, and fights like a warrior for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Claude. He is a highly skilled trial lawyer that aggressively fights for the rights of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Van Hook is the best criminal defense attorney I know. I have known him for over 20 years and have found that he is one of the only attorneys I can trust. He is the heavyweight that you want in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Claude A. Van Hook III , a Board Certified Expert in criminal trial law. I have known him for more than 20 years, since I was a prosecutor Volusia County. He represented some of the people that I prosecuted. I found him to be extremely competent, hard working and dedicated to his many clients. I would, and do, recommend this attorney to those charged with criminal offenses and would not hesitate to retain his services if I were in need. He is among the very few in this county who are certified experts in criminal trial law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Claude to be a skilled and competent criminal trial lawyer for almost 30 years. He has tried about every kind of criminal case known and was a pioneer in defending against the State's use of DNA evidence in criminal cases."
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Deland Criminal defense Lawyer Claude Ashton Van Hook III
Claude Ashton Van Hook III
Criminal defense Attorney
Deland, FL
Licensed for 53 years
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