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William Wooten Hanlon

Criminal defense Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.8   88 reviews

also known as Will Hanlon

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    I have been practicing criminal law in tampa and the west coast of central Florida for over 20 years. I handle a wide array of criminal cases with a focus on sex crimes, violence, and drug charges. I also defend the accused on DUI, gun charges, and violations of probation.

    31 years

  2. Sex crime
    20%

  3. Domestic violence
    10%

ALL MY EFFORTS ARE AIMED AT RESULTS IN ORDER TO PRESERVE MY CLIENT'S FUTURE.

I grew up in Tampa all my life.  I defend my clients on a wide array of criminal charges in either State or Federal Court.  I started my legal career at the Public Defender's Office in Hillsborough County in 1994 and went into private criminal practice in 1997.   I have tried over 50 jury trials and many more non-jury trials.   My trial experience has taught me that intense investigation brings about terrific results. My practice has also focused on crimes involving violence and more specifically sexual violence.  Defending these cases has given me a lot of experience in domestic relations court representing both petitioners and respondents on all types of domestic violence injunctions. 

 

I am 49 years old and when I am not working I spend most of my time with my two sons.  While my practice brings me a lot of gratification its my sons who make life worthwhile.  I am certainly someone who enjoys the outdoors and all that Tampa has to offer.  Because my job requires a lot of commitment I exercise a lot and try to get outside whenever possible.  Boating and paddleboarding are a big part of my life. 

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Location

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405 6th S
#2
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33701
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1605 Main St
Ste 1115
Sarasota, FL, 34236
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1111 3rd Ave W
Ste 310
Bradenton, FL, 34205
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600 Cleveland St
Ste 1100
Clearwater, FL, 33755
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300 S Orange Ave
Ste 1160
Orlando, FL, 32801
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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Brendyn | May 3, 2013
Saved My Ass!
Will Hanlon is a well known and respected lawyer. He has kept me out of prison two times now. My bond was $65,000 and by some work of god, he got me released on my own recognizance and placed on probation. Once I was on probation I violated with a new charge. Again, Will saved the day and kept me out of prison once more by working his magic and getting my placed BACK on probation. I would bet the bank on Mr. Hanlon and will always look to him for my legal issues!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2013
Simply The Best!
Child molestation, abuse and shared drug use were the charges we faced, submitted by teenage step daughters who would do anything to move out of our home to live with their biological father. Devastating and appalling are two words to describe our feelings when confronted by Child Protective Services along and a Sheriff’s Detective to discuss the allegations. We'd never been through something so devastating and truly did not know where to turn other then the internet. After hours of research, and with the help of AVVO, we decided to talk with Mr. Hanlon about the charges. I contacted Mr. Hanlon at 7:30am from the number listed on his web site, to my surprise he answered (not a machine or secretary) and arranged a meeting with us just a few hours later. He instantly put our worries of the unknown to rest, informing us of the laws surrounding the allegations and showing us how they were written so we had no questions on what to expect. Mr. Hanlon was very knowledgeable, compassionate and aggressive, instantly he became part of our lives and treated us like family. “If you need me call me” he always answered or called back within minutes, saying Mr. Hanlon is a great communicator is an understatement. He instantly becomes your best friend, brother, father however you want look at it he is with you as you go through the worst time of your life! Without his direction and encouragement we would not be where we are today, both physically and mentally! If you are in need of an attorney I would highly encourage you to call William Hanlon, if you do you will instantly be impressed!
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Posted by AJ | June 15, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Dismissal of domestic violence injunction in a week 5⭐️
I want to take time to recognize the great criminal defense work that Will Hanlon did for me. I was falsely accused and within a week, Hanlon Law had this injunction completely removed by the court! I highly recommend Hanlon law.
Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome
If you’re looking for a great lawyer you found the place Mr. Hanlon has been nothing but professional and got the job done. I was faced with a very serious accusation . We hired Mr. Hanlon the same day. After leaving his office I felt so confident that my case would be dropped. I always called for advice when I felt worried he was always listening. Long story short my case was dropped. I can’t thank Mr hanlon enough. Awesome lawyer and he cares about his clients.
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Posted by Jeff | November 10, 2019
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Great Law Firm
We hired Hanlon Law firm to take care of a few issues that I had dating back several years ago that other lawyers said couldn’t be taking care of, after them working on the issues they were able to get them all taking care of and dismissed. They kept in contact with me and let me know what was goin on, on a regular bases, I would also like to say that when Mr.Hanlon was in court or tied up that Nick was always there to answer any questions or issues I had. I would Highly recommend this law firm to anyone looking for a Law Firm that knows what there doing. Thanks for all y’all have done.
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2019
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Serious Criminal Charges
Mr. Hanlon was magnificent. Nearly a year ago a family member had some charges filed against them that could have resulted in over 20 years of prison time. This created a tremendous amount of mental stress for our family member as well as the rest of the family. We contacted Mr. Hanlon and he immediately went to work on the case. His knowledge and skill in legal issues was amazing. His communication along the course of this case was second to none. He was able to have all the charges dropped through presenting the facts combined with his legal skills. I would recommend Mr. Hanlon to anyone that is dealing with a criminal case. His knowledge of the law is amazing. Thank you Mr Hanlon for helping our family through a very difficult time
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2018
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All around best lawyer
Will helped my boyfriend with his 2cd probation violation for a dui. Will was always in contact and clear about what he needed to do to get it dropped my boyfriend ended up completing over 40 hrs of community service and was in substance abuse counseling. After hiring 2 other lawyers previously to help with the dui court proceedings will helped so much. my boyfriend had his probation suspended.
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Posted by Ryan | January 25, 2018
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Attorney William Hanlon
I moved to Florida approximately a year and a half ago from New York. My son got into an altercation in SoHo in October of 2016 with two males. He wound up being arrested for battery and two other lesser charges. I retained Mr. Hanlon to represent my son in the case. Mr. Hanlon put my mind at ease throughout the court process and made a very stressful situation much more comfortable. Throughout all the court appearances, we NEVER had to show to court ourselves. Mr. Hanlon took care of this without needed us to appear. Three months later he notified me , letting me know that the case against me had been dismissed. Between Mr. Hanlon and his knowledgeable office staff, this case was resolved very favorably. I would use Mr. Hanlon anytime I need superior representation. He is, by far, the best attorney I have ever used . I would recommend him to anyone in need of representation.
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Posted by Carrie Crawford | December 19, 2017
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Excellent outcome
I was charged with several criminal charges and Will got me the opportunity to have them all dismissed. Worth the price. Always available
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2017
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Great Attorney
Attorney Hanlon was excellent! As a physician, a DUI could have had a huge impact on my career, as well as on my independence and my relationships, as it would have severely limited my driving privileges. Attorney Hanlon was able to get the charge reduced to a reckless driving, which greatly reduced the penalties and made my life significantly more manageable, and for that I am very greatful.
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Posted by Jerome | October 19, 2017
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Excellent Attorney who turned a situation into a solution.
It was brought to my attention that I had a warrant (no bond) on myself. The person I was involved with had called the sheriff department and filed a complaint against me for aggravated assault. I’m a truck driver and was on-the-road. Being on-the-road had put me in a vulnerable situation because I have to go through state weight scales. This had made my job uncomfortable. I called an attorney to resolve the situation, I wasn’t comfortable with this particular attorney although his price was within my range. So I did a little research for the next attorney, in which I contacted Mr. William Hanlon. After talking to Mr. Hanlon I was at ease. Mr. Hanlon’s original price was out of my range, he made an adjustment that I could manage. Mr. Hanlon was very upfront and honest, I appreciate his concern for my case and I did not feel like just another client. Mr. Hanlon, although busy, handled my case as if I were his only client and I’m forever grateful to him. It feels good to have an attorney who treats his client as an individual. Thank you, Mr. Hanlon.
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Posted by Jim | August 15, 2017
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Exelent defence lawer
Mr Hanlon cleared up a 27yaer old voilation of probatin that i racently found out about ,i did not needto go to fla as i live in califonia. He was verry agresive and profesonal,and anserd all my questions .he was able to have the warrent withdrawn and probation termanated verry quickley and painlessly .I woud recomend him to anyone in need THANKS WILL
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2017
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Dismissed my felony grand theft charge!
Mr.Hanlon saved me by getting me the best results. He made sure my charges got dismissed within less than a month after my charges were filed. Hiring Mr.Hanlon was the best decision I made!!!
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2017
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My New Life Starts Now.
I hired Mr. Hanlon at the beginning of this year because I was approaching the half-way point on probation for a sex offense and I was looking to appeal for an early termination of said probation. I wasn't hopeful. I know how sex cases are treated, especially in Florida, and I had severe doubts that I'd be given any leniency at all. Mr. Hanlon was immediate in his display of knowledge and compassion for my circumstance. He assured me that even if my motion to early terminate was not granted, that he'd work tirelessly to appeal again and again. This assurance provided a huge relief for me, which I needed at the time. Your see, sex offender probation is no cake walk. I had a 10pm curfew every night. I could not leave the county without permission. I could not attend many types of family events that I enjoyed doing, due to the presence of children. I missed countless shows and events during my 3 years on probation, including my aunt's funeral. My requirement to disclose my information to all prospective jobs and education outlets caused me to look many opportunities - opportunities I could have used to turn my life around. My family was affected by my probation requirements and I was on electronic monitoring, which prevented me from going in water or wearing anything that revealed my ankles. Although I do not desire or expect pity for the requirements I had to meet after committing a sex offense, I can say that the misery I felt on probation was overwhelming. I was only 22 when I made the mistake that changed my life. At 27, Mr. Hanlon has won the motion to release me from probation and give me a new chance at life. Will Hanlon, in many ways, has saved my life by winning my court case and allowing me my freedom once more. I would not have trusted any other lawyer with my future, and I am so happy I put my faith in Will Hanlon. He exceeded my every expectation in proving to the judge that I was a changed man that deserved a second chance. Thank you, Mr. Hanlon, for giving me my life back.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2017
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Hanlon works for client's best interest
Being an athlete, getting arrested put myself in a bad spotlight with the public. I had a reputation to uphold as well as a bright future ahead and criminal charges would have hindered that immensely. I was fortunate to find Mr. Hanlon to represent me. He did not take the easy way out but instead listened to me and took his time to do the research necessary to refute the charges. Several weeks later, Mr Hanlon was able to give me a call saying that the prosecutor would not even be filing my case. I cannot thank Mr Hanlon enough for what he did for me, both personally and publicly.
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Posted by Carrie Crawford | June 28, 2017
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Assault/domestic
Was on the ball. Remembered names, events, places, situations. Never need to re explain the situation. Keeps in touch through out the entire experience and keeps you feeling safe, comforted and protected. Fights hard. Worth every single penny. Would never settle for anything less than Will.
Posted by Randy | June 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I live in the Chicagoland area. In June of 2016 my son was arrested (his first arrest) for a misdemeanor and a class three felony. There existed a possibility of up to 5 years in prison. After rushing to Tampa and speaking with several lawyers my son, wife, and I settled on Will Hanlon. We found him to be an empathetic and genuinely sincere individual. Hid did not sugar coat the severity of the crime and the possible penalties? Additionally he made no promises but did did assure us that he had successfully handled cases like my sons. During the initial consultation, he laid out what seemed to be a very realistic, hopeful, and achievable strategy. Based on this we hired him. Will was able to get a Pre-trial Intervention (PTI) for my son. The result was that after doing community service and meeting several conditions there would be no charges filed. (Called a No File). I should point t out that Will had advised my son to meet those conditions before they were put into the PTI. The end result completion of the PTI was that much easier. Will also offered his services to have the arrest expunged from his record. Will has been available for questions and phone calls any time we needed. I have only one minor criticism of Will. It is that he will tell you that he will call back by a certain time and he does not always do that. Occasionally we had to contact him because he did not contact us by the time and date he said he would. I will point out that he is not cheap. Others out there would have charged us less. However, in the final analysis he was well worth the price. I can and do recommend Will Hanlon without any reservations.
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Posted by Sheila | May 23, 2017
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Highly recommended
I contacted Mr. Hanlon on a Monday morning after an innocent mishap while returning home from vacation. I have never ever once been in any sort of trouble other than a speeding ticket once I'm my 51 years. I was so upset and scared and Mr. Hanlon ok the time to listen to what happen and took the time to reassure me that this will not be anything I need to worry about. I'm not a very patient person and I called to follow up on my case often and they were very understanding and answered my questions. I am very satisfied with Mr. Hanlon and his work. Highly recommend if you want the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2017
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Ms.
Mr. Hamlon, made my case very stress free. He was always there to answer my questions as well as his assistant Kathy. I hired him because of the past reviews I read on him. Also, because he was very fast to call me back when I intially called his office. He gave me legal advise that I took and lead up to not having criminal charges against me. Which was the ultimate goal that was reach. I am very please with the end results and very happy with his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2017
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Anonymous
Will Hanlon would get 100 stars if I could give them. He is so professional and goes above and beyond to help you get your case dropped. Mine was a difficult domestic violence case that was so upsetting. But Will continued to put my mind at ease. I would recommend him to anyone. He gets the job done and is always available when you call. His assistant Cathy is so helpful and awesome as well. Thanks sooooooo much for all you did for me!! You are the best. I appreciate you not giving up on this case.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Hillsborough County Public Defender's Office
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Intern
  • Elizabeth Kovachevich
  • 1992 - 1992

Education

  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Domestic Battery Charges Dropped
  • Both charges were dismissed

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Business of 2023
  • ThreeBest Rated
  • 2023
  • Best Criminal Defense Attorneys Tampa
  • Expertise
  • 2022
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lectured
  • Fourth Amendment
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (11)
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Unknown Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for him while in law school. Excellent attorney! When people are accused of serious crimes, they call Will Hanlon simply because he is the BEST!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hanlon is a well respected and hard-working attorney in the Tampa Bay community. Over the years as a criminal defense attorney, he has provided exceptional representation for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Will is a hard working defense lawyer that does not shy away from the often needed battle."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Will Hanlon is an excellent attorney and brings a wealth of experience to his representation of his clients who have been accused of crimes. Will is not just a criminal defense attorney; he is a well-seasoned trial lawyer -- he has been defending criminal cases for more than 20 years -- and is known as a lawyer who is able to get the best results for his clients because he is willing and able to take his cases to trial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have know Mr. Hanlon for just about twenty years. I found him to always be up on the subject and very dependable. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure to work with Wil Hanlon on a variety of legal matters and find him to not only be erudite in his chosen field, but a good and decent man. I very much endorse him and recommend him to anyone who seeks legal counsel in the area of criminal defense, as he is both a good man and an exemplary lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Will Hanlon's hard work and zealous representation of clients has earned him a reputation as an excellent and highly skilled, as well as tough and tenacious, criminal defense trial lawyer. I trust him to provide the best criminal defense to the people I refer to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Hanlon. For the 20 years I have known him he has never failed to impress on how good of an attorney he really is. Dedicated to his profession, he is extremely knowledgeable in the area of criminal law and goes above and beyond for his clients. Mr. Hanlon cares deeply about every client and goes the extra step to ensure the absolute best result for every individual he represents. He is empathetic, diligent and professional. Respected by prosecutors, judiciary and the defense bar, Mr. Hanlon provides astute representation to achieve amazing results. I have learned a lot from his guidance; he inspires me to be a better lawyer. I highly recommend Mr. Hanlon if you are charged with a crime. He will represent you from start to finish. Most importantly, you will be extremely satisfied at the amazing results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known William Hanlon for over 15 years. As a criminal defense attorney, William is deeply committed to every aspect of his clients' lives. His credentials, knowledge, skill and reputation are outstanding. He is a dedicated professional that puts his clients first. William has been fighting for his clients since he started his legal career as a Public Defender and his passion continues in his private practice. I would recommend William to anyone faced with a criminal charge."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Will Hanlon is a dedicated and tenacious attorney with whom I've had the pleasure of working. As an attorney and an advocate, Mr. Hanlon is experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate about his work and the defense of his clients. I fully endorse Mr. Hanlon and would recommend his services to anyone seeking a good criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a family law attorney, I frequently have clients who face criminal charges and need a referral for a talented criminal defense attorney. Will is the only guy on the list. He has achieved excellent results for each of my clients I have sent to him, usually getting the charges dismissed before trial by aggressively undermining the State's case. He is passionate, intelligent, intense, creative and aggressive. I have found him to have a keen legal mind and he is extremely resourceful. If I were facing criminal prosecution, I'd hire Will in a heartbeat."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse William. My firm often refers criminal matters to William and he always provides our clients and referrals with excellent service. He is passionate about his work and a zealous advocate."
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Tampa Criminal defense Lawyer William Wooten Hanlon
William Wooten Hanlon
Criminal defense Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 30 years