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Benjamin Ryan Stechschulte

DUI and DWI Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.8   36 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Benjamin

Learn Benjamin’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Stechschulte Nell represents clients on all phases of DUI criminal and Driver's license cases. From the date someone is arrested all the way through Jury Trial.

    19 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Domestic violence
    25%
    If you or a loved one is accused of Domestic Violence, we can help. Ben Stechschulte is an experienced attorney to defend your case.

    19 years, 500 cases

  3. Federal crime
    20%
    I represent Clients charged or being investigated for Federal Crimes throughout the State of Florida and Nationwide. If you or someone you has been contacted by a Federal Agent and or the US Attorney's Office, contact our office immediately before speaking with them.

    13 years, 100 cases

  4. Sex crime
    20%

  5. Criminal defense
    10%
    I represent clients charged with all misdemeanor and felony crimes in HIllsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties.

    19 years, 3,000 cases

Ben Stechschulte, a board certified expert in criminal trial law, has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area for nearly 15 years and has tried over 60 cases to verdict. His experience is both varied and comprehensive, which makes him uniquely qualified to aggressively and effectively defend his clients who are facing criminal charges or have been injured in an accident.


Ben attended Stetson University College of Law, which is recognized as one of the top law schools in the country for trial advocacy. After graduating in 2005, Ben served as a prosecutor in Hillsborough County. Ben prosecuted DUIs, drug crimes, gun crimes, domestic violence crimes and sex crimes.

Having worked as a prosecutor, Ben understands how prosecutors build their cases and how to effectively defend his clients against criminal charges.
After working for 3 years at the Prosecutor’s office, Ben was recruited by a prestigious trial law firm in North Tampa. Ben handled nearly every criminal case the firm had, along with some personal injury cases. He began to bring in business independently thanks to word of mouth referrals from his satisfied clients. Ben’s criminal practice gave him invaluable experience defending an extensive list of different types of criminal charges. Ben represented countless clients facing DUIs, drug, gun and domestic violence charges, sex crimes and a host of other criminal charges.


Ben’s comprehensive experience in the field of criminal law allowed him to gain the prestigious status of being a board certified criminal trial lawyer, placing him in the small minority of lawyers who have earned this elite level of recognition as an expert in Criminal Trial Law. To qualify for certification, lawyers must have extensive experience in their specialty and meet rigorous objective quality standards. This distinction is held by less than two percent of attorneys in the state of Florida and requires at least five years of full-time legal experience and at least 20 jury trials in which the case was tried to completion. He also successfully passed a peer review in which he was evaluated for character, ethics and professionalism by judges and other attorneys. Ben met these specific criteria to earn this valued accreditation. In 2015, Ben was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® magazine in 2015. This is an honor bestowed on approximately 2.5% of attorneys under age 40 based upon peer review.


In 2012, Ben opened his own law firm so that he could dedicate himself to serving the needs of his clients facing criminal charges or that have been injured in an accident.
On a personal note, Ben is a native Floridian. He was born and raised outside West Palm Beach, and left briefly to attend John Carroll University, a Jesuit college located outside of Cleveland, OH. After just 3.5 years, he graduated early to escape the harsh winters of lake-effect snow. He moved back to Florida and to the sunny Tampa Bay area in 2002 to attend Stetson University College of Law where he met his wife. They currently reside in Tampa with their two children. Ben is a former collegiate basketball player and enjoys spending his free time with his wife and kids, golfing, boxing, and watching sports – especially the Tampa bay Rays and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ben Stechschulte, a board certified expert in criminal trial law, has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area for nearly 15 years and has tried over 60 cases to verdict. His experience is both varied and comprehensive, which makes him uniquely qualified to aggressively and effectively defend his clients who are facing criminal charges or have been injured in an accident.
Ben attended Stetson University College of Law, which is recognized as one of the top law schools in the country for trial advocacy. After graduating in 2005, Ben served as a prosecutor in Hillsborough County. Ben prosecuted DUIs, drug crimes, gun crimes, domestic violence crimes and sex crimes.


Having worked as a prosecutor, Ben understands how prosecutors build their cases and how to effectively defend his clients against criminal charges.
After working for 3 years at the Prosecutor’s office, Ben was recruited by a prestigious trial law firm in North Tampa. Ben handled nearly every criminal case the firm had, along with some personal injury cases. He began to bring in business independently thanks to word of mouth referrals from his satisfied clients. Ben’s criminal practice gave him invaluable experience defending an extensive list of different types of criminal charges. Ben represented countless clients facing DUIs, drug, gun and domestic violence charges, sex crimes and a host of other criminal charges.


Ben’s comprehensive experience in the field of criminal law allowed him to gain the prestigious status of being a board certified criminal trial lawyer, placing him in the small minority of lawyers who have earned this elite level of recognition as an expert in Criminal Trial Law. To qualify for certification, lawyers must have extensive experience in their specialty and meet rigorous objective quality standards. This distinction is held by less than two percent of attorneys in the state of Florida and requires at least five years of full-time legal experience and at least 20 jury trials in which the case was tried to completion. He also successfully passed a peer review in which he was evaluated for character, ethics and professionalism by judges and other attorneys. Ben met these specific criteria to earn this valued accreditation. In 2015, Ben was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® magazine in 2015. This is an honor bestowed on approximately 2.5% of attorneys under age 40 based upon peer review.


In 2012, Ben opened his own law firm so that he could dedicate himself to serving the needs of his clients facing criminal charges or that have been injured in an accident.
On a personal note, Ben is a native Floridian. He was born and raised outside West Palm Beach, and left briefly to attend John Carroll University, a Jesuit college located outside of Cleveland, OH. After just 3.5 years, he graduated early to escape the harsh winters of lake-effect snow. He moved back to Florida and to the sunny Tampa Bay area in 2002 to attend Stetson University College of Law where he met his wife. They currently reside in Tampa with their two children. Ben is a former collegiate basketball player and enjoys spending his free time with his wife and kids, golfing, boxing, and watching sports – especially the Tampa bay Rays and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Stechschulte Nell
1105 W. Swann Ave
Tampa, FL, 33606
Stechschulte Nell
333 S. E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 2000
Miami, FL, 33131
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111 North Orange Avenue, Suite 800
Orlando, FL, 32801
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  36 customer reviews
Posted by Anthony | December 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Ben Stechschulte is a Godsend!
My family will be forever grateful for Attorney Ben Stechschulte and his team for the diligent work exhibited to mitigate our son’s case, which ended with the least punitive measure possible. As a result of the uniqueness of the case, Ben came highly recommended by other defense attorneys and his experience and expertise were apparent from the onset. Faced with a merciless prosecutor who refused to consider contributing circumstances, Ben navigated us through all of the obstacles presented and, as a result, our son will have a second chance at life.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A Dad's Thanks
Thank you, Ben Stechschulte and team! You and your team guided us through the legal and court system during a difficult time. I know we simply walked up to your office, but you made time for us, and we appreciated that gesture. My child made a mistake and your team efficiently directed us through the system resulting in a chance to return to college and continue a “normal” life again after this misstep.
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Posted by Mike | February 16, 2019
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Professional, efficient, and respectful!
Ben and his team are a phenomenal group! They are organized and very knowledgeable regarding the process. I felt very confident that I was in good hands with his help. Highly recommend.
Posted by Tasha Williams | January 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Blessed to have Mr.Stechschulte on my side
I give Ben Stechschulte 5 stars because I was falsely accused and my career was in trouble. The end result was a non jury hearing and the judgement was not guilty. He kept communication open through the whole process and I only appeared in court once. I won my case because of the great representation.
Posted by Peter | November 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Diligent and communicative
Was all over my case from the moment I called him allowed me a payment plan made all the proper arrangements and won my case thanks again
Posted by Gabriel | November 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
From beginning to end, I was taken seriously and treated professionally. What I also appreciated is that there was no sugar coating when it came to talking about the details of my case, and the actions I needed to take in order to benefit myself in regards to receive the least punishment at my disposition. Additionally, Ben went above and beyond in ensuring I received the least consequences from my circumstances, and in return, my DUI was stipulated and I avoided additional fine amount, ignition interlock, and impounding if my vehicle. I highly recommend Ben and the Nell Stechschulte Law Firm for your legal matters!
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Posted by Lucy | November 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer
Ben Stechshulte's firm are outstanding lawyers! They take so much time with your case, no matter the size of the situation. In my situation, I needed a restraining order on a neighbor that was a clear threat. Ben and Amy worked very hard to present the case with great thoroughness standing up against the defense with vigor and determination to present the truth. Not only did they win, but were always there for me through the process. Both, had a great attention to detail, patience, time to talk to me, and really worked to make sure my case was presented properly. They supported me through the beginning to the end then followed up afterwards. I don't know if I would have won without hiring them, because they really cared about my situation and gave it 110% percent in their pursuit of justice. I am most grateful and thankful to have worked with this law firm! I highly recommend them to anyone in any situation! Excellent attorneys!
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Posted by Nick | July 6, 2018
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Domestic Violence Felony \ No File
Mr. Stechschulte worked with the District Attorney to have my charges dropped, I never had to see a court room. Experienced, knowledged, and compassionate I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Maurice | January 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dependable
Ben helped me through a very difficult time in my life even doing more outside of what he had too. He will fight for you and make sure you are treated fairly. I would reccomemnd Ben to anyone.
Posted by Dane | June 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No More Guess Work
My daughter was charged with felony drug possession in Collier County, one of Florida's most conservative counties. She has a license for medical marijuana in the state of California but made the mistake of bringing edible marijuana to Florida during a visit. She was pulled over by a Florida State Trooper for failing to move over a lane for a Sheriff's Deputy who was parked on the shoulder at night with no lights on. The Trooper and the Deputy proceeded to intimidate her into consenting to search her rental car. She was arrested her for the full weight of the gummy bear edibles, hence the felony possession charge. I was referred to Mr. Stechshulte by my divorce attorney. Thank goodness! Every attorney I looked for online claimed to be the best and implied that they could get just about any case thrown out of court! Although Ben's main focus is on the Tampa Bay area, he agreed to take my daughter's case for a very reasonable fee. Ben was able to get my daughter's charges reduced to misdemeanor possession and she never even had to appear in court! Given the fact that she's a California resident, the travel expense would have been sizable. The final judgment was 12 months probation, no drug testing, a substance abuse evaluation, and eligibility for early termination of probation after 6 months. I don't even have words to express how grateful we are for Ben's professional expertise, his willingness to go above and beyond, and how kind and comforting he was to us throughout the nightmare of my daughter's arrest. Ben, thank you so much for all you've done! God forbid we should ever go through something like this again, I have your number in speed dial! God Bless.
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Response from Benjamin Stechschulte June 19, 2017
Thank you for leaving a review. At Stechschulte Nell, we appreciate to hear such good feedback and we pride ourselves on treating our clients as if they were our own family members. If you or anyone you know has any criminal related legal issues in Florida or in Federal Criminal Court, do not hesitate to call our team at Stechschulte Nell.
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Posted by Ana | March 22, 2017
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Great representation
Mr. Stechschulte was able to represent a family member during a very difficult time. He was very professional and patient during the process, he provided great advice and guidance during the process, ,my family is very thankful for his services.
Response from Benjamin Stechschulte June 25, 2017
Ana, Thank you for allowing us to take care of your family. It’s a team effort at Stechschulte Nell and we appreciate your positive feedback. In the event that you, a family member, or anyone else experience criminal or civil legal difficulties, please contact us. We will take special care of their needs, as we do with all of our clients. Thank you for your review.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
very happy!!!! he follows thru.....no BS with him
If you are looking for someone who keeps in touch and lets you know how the case is going....Ben is your guy!! I was completely at ease with him, if we had a question it was answered by days end. He didn't waste time doing what he said he would do. Once he had the paper work he needed we had a court date the following week....super great guy!!!!
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Response from Benjamin Stechschulte June 25, 2017
Thank you for your review. At Stechschulte Nell, we pride ourselves on staying in constant contact with our clients and updating them personally regarding their case. What attorneys Ben Stechschulte and Amy Nell do is make sure we keep our clients informed and up to date on the status of their case.Should you, your family, or anyone else ever need anything, please feel free to contact us. We loved helping your family.
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Posted by Robert | November 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgeable, Personal, One of the best
Been gave me the best representation you could ask for on several occasions. Because of him I was able to deal with my charges while still pursuing a career and finishing my Bachelors degree program. Excellent atttorney, I wouldn't go to anyone else ever for legal representation.
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Case
I got arrested for trying to sleep off being drunk in my car in the bars parking lot. Obviously I thought I was doing the right thing but apperently not. I talked with Ben after I posted bail and he assured me that I would not end the case with a DUI on my record. Without every seeing a court room he was bale to get the charge greatly reduced to basically a slap on the wrist. Being a recent college graduate that meant the world to me. I would definietly recommend his services to anybody!
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Posted by Alan Murillo | May 26, 2016
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Extraordinary Lawyer
I had a Criminal traffic situation which also carried a warrant, being that I live out of state he was able to lift my warrant and have the case taken care of without my presence required. Very trust worthy and reliable! Would hire him again in a instant if needed.
Posted by Shawn | May 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I'm very pleased with my results.
He got my DUI lowered to reckless driving, which is about best case scenario in Pinellas county. His price is reasonable - even more so given the results. I would/will recommend Ben to friends and family should they be in need of legal representation. I was always informed of any changes and dates to be aware of.
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Hands Down Very intelligent, Professional, and Poise Public Speaker.
Coming in to Ben's office, I had an initial feeling of relief. I was gladly helped right away, and consulted with a free consultation. I was very nervous of this case, and practically my life in jeopardy. Ben told me exactly what he thought of the case, explained everything in detail, and how he was to help me. I felt comfortable having him as my lawyer, after speaking with several. It was smooth sailing after then, he told me exactly what what was happening in the case, and how we were to fight it. The outcome came out as great as can be, I couldn't be any happier. I was very satisfied, and if anybody needs a professional, confident, and well spoken defense attorney hire Ben Stechschulte.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I consulted Ben when I had some questions regarding a legal matter. He was professional and informative and answered all my questions regarding the matter. He cleared up any confusion that I had. I would not hesitate to recommend Ben.
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2015
Ben = Excellence
Ben Stechschulte will defend you, and will do it in an outstanding way. I picked Ben and it was the best thing I did. If you want a great defense lawyer on your side, you have to go with the best, Ben Stechschulte. This lawyer defended me on a criminal case and got the case dropped. He also got the prosecution to consider some things based on the fact that I am disabled and needed some special things taken care of. Thank you Ben, I could have not done this without you, (Alejandro U.).
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2015
Ben Stepped Up BIG.
We hired Ben to represent a relative charged with a federal sexual crime. This turned into a challenging case for Ben and involved some very creative thinking and research. Ben was able to reduce the charges to a minimum sentence, through smart consultation with Psychologists and other professionals. As a result our relative will receive real treatment, with the goal of true correction. Ben was able to give us piece of mind that we will get help instead of just incarceration. Thank you Ben.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner Attorney
  • Stechschulte Bulnes, PL
  • 2014 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Ben Stechschulte, PL
  • 2012 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney (felony division)
  • Hillsborough County, FL State Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2008

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • law
  • N/A

Associations

  • Federal middle district of florida
  • Bar membership
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Criminal Trial (re-certification through 2022)
  • Florida Bar
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Stars Award
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Board Certified - Criminal Trial
  • Florida Bar
  • 2012
  • Avvo's Clients' Choice Award 2012
  • Avvo
  • 2012
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Publications

  • www.tpatrialattorneys.com
  • DUI defense blog writer
  • N/A
  • www.tpatrialattorneys.com
  • Federal criminal defense blog writer
  • N/A
  • www.tpatrialattorneys.com
  • State court criminal defense blog writer
  • N/A
  • www.tpatrialattorneys.com
  • Personal injury/auto accident blog writer
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Fox 13 news Ask a Lawyer Segment
  • Ask a Lawyer Segment
  • 2012
  • Fall south Tampa chamber of commerce fall meeting
  • Get to know the south Tampa chamber law group members
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (17)
Endorse Benjamin
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ben is my go-to recommendation for criminal defense matters. I worked against him as an Assistant State Attorney, and now I refer matters to him. He is Board Certified and is very responsive to clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is an extremely knowledgeable and skilled attorney. I strongly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is a highly experienced criminal attorney who upholds himself to the highest professional standards. I would recommend him to any of my clients needing his services."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Other
"A brilliant attorney, and highly respected in the legal community. I can definitely endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Stechschulte is a consummate professional. I have had the opportunity to work along side him on several cases and I know that my clients are in good hands with Ben."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Stechschulte is a knowledgeable, compassionate and skilled professional; I have observed him interact with clients and he is a highly invested in advocating for the same. I would highly recommend him"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney that really cares about his clients. I highly recommend Ben to anyone who is in need of a great Criminal Defense Attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The clients that I have referred to Mr. Stechschulte have always had positive things to say about his representation of them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Friend
"Ben is an excellent criminal defense attorney. I would highly recommend him to any potential clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben Stechschulte is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an Expert in Criminal Trial Law. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Of the more than 86,000 Florida lawyers, less than ½ of 1% have attained the distinction of Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law. If Ben is your attorney, you are in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have and currently work with Mr. Stechschulte. He is extremely intelligent and a great trial lawyer. I would highly recommend hiring Mr. Stechschulte."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Ben at the State Attorney’s Office. He is an excellent lawyer. He is a board certified criminal trial attorney. Ben is always very well prepared and works hard to obtain good results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is a gentleman, a scholar, and a great asset to the legal profession. His work in the courtroom as a former prosecutor, and as a defense attorney is very impressive. I highly recommend him for DUI and Criminal Defense matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is an excellent criminal defense attorney. His experience as a prosecutor gave him an invaluable foundation to defend those who have been accused of crimes. He has all of the skills and experience necessary to take any case to trial. Ben is honest and fair with his clients about their options. Overall, he is excellent counselor and I would not hesitate to refer someone to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is very resourceful, driven, and consistently finds a way to get the job done with great results. I often call Ben to discuss complex legal issues and he is always willing and able to lend a hand. I highly recommend Ben!"
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