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John S. Castro

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Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney in Tampa FL: John S. Castro is an experienced attorney with the insight that comes with being a former Florida state prosecutor. 


He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in psychology from Florida State University in 2001. He earned a J.D. from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 2004. While at FSU, he worked as a substitute teacher for Leon County Schools. In law school, Mr. Castro excelled inside and outside of the classroom. Mr. Castro was an active member of the John Marshall Bar Association and a volunteer at the University of Florida’s student legal services. Prior to completing law school, he spent a semester studying abroad in Montpellier, France.

Mr. Castro began his legal career with Bell, Leeper, & Roper, P.A. in Orlando, where he represented litigants in both state and federal court on matters of civil liability, personal injury, insurance defense, and wrongful death. He then returned to Tampa, where he accepted a position with the State Attorney’s Office for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. In this capacity, he quickly rose through the ranks of the juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony divisions bypassing several lawyers with longer tenure. As a prosecutor, Mr. Castro successfully prosecuted over 300 trials, hearings, and motions.

In 2008, Mr. Castro joined former Thirteenth Judicial Circuit chief prosecutor Robin Fuson in his law practice, where he represented clients on matters of criminal defense and personal injury. His litigation skills quickly gained him the respect of colleagues and opposition council alike, who described him as a knowledgeable, persuasive, and skilled litigator. He received many letters of appreciation from clients expressing gratitude for his dedication, kindness and attention to detail in handling their cases.

In 2010, Mr. Castro joined family law attorney Christina Anton to form the Anton Castro Law group. His expertise in criminal law, personal injury, and litigation represents major contributions to the firm. Together, Mr. Castro and Ms. Anton are committed to making exemplary client service and excellence in the practice of law their top priority in matters of criminal defense, personal injury, and family law.

Mr. Castro and his family have been an active part of the Tampa Bay community since 1991. In his free time Mr. Castro volunteers with the United Way’s program Hands on Tampa. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves spending time with his dog Hank.

Mr. Castro is licensed to practice law in all Florida state and county courts and for federal matters in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    12 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    12 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    12 years



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Payment types:

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    I endorse this lawyer. John and I were opposing counsel on many cases while we both worked in the government sector. He was always well prepared and fair.


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
ContributorLawyers for Literacy2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
ContributorLawyers for Literacy2014
ContributorLawyers for Literacy2014
NomineeTop 100 Trial Lawyers2014
ContributorLawyers for Literacy2013
Young Lawyer DivisionBig Brothers Big Sisters2012
Young Lawyers Division AwardBig Brothers Big Sisters2012
Top Contributor AwardAVVO2012
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2012
Young Lawyers DivisionBig Brothers Big Sisters2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAnton Castro Law, LLC2011 - Present
PartnerRobin Fuson P.A.2008 - 2011
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office2006 - 2008
AssociateBell, Leeper, and Roper P.A.2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationMember2013 - Present
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Meals on WheelsVolunteer2012 - Present
Tampa Bay Chamber of CommerceMember2011 - Present
The First Tee of Tampa BayBoard of Directors2011 - Present
United WayVolunteer2010 - Present
Florida BarMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Impulsive YouthCharges dismissed after completion of diversion program.
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Publication nameTitleDate
WordpressThe Daubert Standard2014
WordpresPersonal Injury Mediation2014
WordpressThe $10,000 Myth2012
WordpressCrank Up The Music2012
WordpressA lot of hot air2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Florida State UniversityPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
College life and the lawCriminal Law2014
Youth and SextingCriminal Law2012
Business Law2nd Amendment Rights2012