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Christopher Thomas Hersem

DUI and DWI Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   187 reviews
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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    34%
    In Florida, DUI allegations are handled differently than any other charge. There are several potential consequences for being accused of this crime. To avoid or minimize the negative effects of a DUI accusation, it is imperative to hire an experienced DUI lawyer. Chris Hersem has the knowledge and reputation necessary to provide his clients with aggressive and effective DUI representation.

    19 years

  2. Criminal defense
    33%
    At Hersem Law, we represent clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges throughout the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. From pre-charge investigations and bond proceedings to plea negotiations and jury trials, we are the premier criminal defense firm in this area.

    19 years, 3,000 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    23%

    19 years

  4. Personal injury
    10%

    16 years

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Chris Hersem was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and then went on to Stetson University, College of Law, where he earned a Concentration in Advocacy.  He has defended thousands of individuals charged with criminal and traffic related matters and has aggressively pursued civil actions for clients who were injured due to another person's negligent conduct.  Chris works hard to get the best results for his clients and he welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about your case.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Client's Choice
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Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

Location

Christopher Thomas Hersem
1550 W. Cleveland St.
Suite 9
Tampa, FL, 33606
Christopher Thomas Hersem
1421 Court Street
Suite B
Clearwater, FL, 33756
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  187 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Emmanuel | November 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chris H. is a Godsend!
Chris H. is an absolute Godsend. Not only was he completely communicative throughout this unfamiliar process, but he was able to work his magic and get our case dismissed at the arraignment! If you are looking for a professional attorney, Chris H. is, without question, an exceptional choice!
Posted by Ed | October 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Careless Driving/ Rear End Crash at Fault
Chris was able to represent me in court and the traffic citation was dismissed. Mr Hersem cost less than the ticket.
Posted by Stacy | April 10, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Moving Violation Dismissed! - Simple, efficient, and organized
Chris was absolutely terrific. Organized, efficient and with very little investment of my time, he was able to get my ticket DISMISSED! I am so incredibly grateful to him. I highly, highly recommend him. I would 100% call on him again if needed (but hopefully I won't!).
Posted by Diosdi | April 4, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speed ticket
Mr Hersem did an excellent job dismissing my speeding ticket, he explained to me before I hired him how he was going to tackle the problem, very simple, you don’t have to worry about anything as a client, always kept me up to date with everything, most definitely will recommend him to friends and family.
Posted by CLARKE | March 28, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding Ticket
Chris is an excellent lawyer. In the consultation he was very clear about his services/fees and set expectations about the range of outcomes. At every stage of the process I received email updates on my case including next steps and future communication. The case was resolved to my complete satisfaction and I plan to use Chris for any future legal representation.
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Posted by Brooks | January 29, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassion and diligence
Chris is great. He made a difficult process easy and painless. I would recommend him to anyone
Posted by Larry | January 28, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best traffic attorney around.
Chris is a phenomenal lawyer he produced results way over my expectations. He’s got to be the best Traffic, lawyer in Pinellas and Hillsboro county. I highly recommend him if You are looking for a lawyer for your traffic tickets don’t Walk run to him. Larry
Posted by Nicole | October 27, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Put me in the right direction!
Mr. Hersem called me to hear my case and even though my case was civil and he is a criminal attorney he took the time to point me in the right direction. This is an attorney I would recommend to people. Thank you for taking time on a Friday night to call me to answer my questions.
Posted by Cara | August 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chris is someone you can trust
Chris was so helpful and great to work with. He got my speeding ticket dismissed! He kept me updated along the way which I really appreciated. I knew I could trust a fellow gator grad :) Thank you so much Chris!
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Proactive and extremely effective!
Chris is not only pleasure to work, he laid down all possible scenarios for my case in very informative manner, but also proactive and very effective. He requested review and reduction of my DUI charge. After review charge was reduced to Careless driving and Adjudication was withheld. Which is pretty rare. Very happy with result and his services!
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dismissed my ticket!
Esq. Hersem had my seat belt violation ticket dismissed. I am very happy with his work. He personally talked to me when I called for a consultation rather than other places where a secretary was communicating with me on behalf of a lawyer. I would definitely recommend this lawyer to others and use him in the future as well if ever needed.
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Posted by Nick | March 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Undefeated
I have been using Chris Hersem for a number of years. Chris is honest and extremely trustworthy. I've had to share lots of personal information throughout the years and felt comfortable doing it every time, even the first time. Chris has handled everything for me from Traffic tickets to Criminal Charges, including DUI and most recently Domestic Violence. Very seldom have I had to step foot into a courtroom, and when I did, we won! If you have a case in Hillsborough or Pinellas county, I would recommend Chris Hersem.
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Posted by Chrischelle | February 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Attorney Christopher Hersem
Chris Hersem is an exceptional attorney. His professional demeanor and undeniable experience went beyond my expectations for both of the cases that he managed for me. In the initial search for someone to help with my legal issues, I was given a personal recommendation for a different attorney; however, upon doing my own internet research, I couldn’t ignore the excellent reviews I found for Mr. Hersem. He promptly returned all my calls and took the time to give me honest advice and disclose possible courses of action and outcomes for each case. I appreciated that, in addition to his reasonable fees, he was considerate and conscientious, communicating each step along the way through either calls or emails. He put my mind at ease and handled everything from start to finish, resulting in dismissal of both cases without penalties or fines. As I told him after resolution of my first case, I hope I don’t need his services in the future, but if I do (and I did!), I won’t hesitate to hire him again.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Chris Hersem
Chris Hersem was very responsive and professional working through my case. He took the time to explain all of the details and provided direct and sound advice. I highly recommend his legal services!
Posted by Caroline | January 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent LawFirm
I contacted Attorney Chris Hersem one day before my traffic ticket was going to expire and I would have faced license suspension points on my insurance and increased fines.. he took care of it immediately went to court for me the next day got adjudication withheld no extra fines no driving classes and just my original fine on my ticket :-) he is remarkable! Forget the rest and call the best :-) attorney Chris Hersem..
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Posted by Susan | November 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Lawyer
Christopher Hersem did a masterful job handling our case. He was responsive and explained all possibilities regarding outcomes. His guidance was superior and left no questions unanswered. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer. Top Notch!!!
Posted by Erika | November 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Chris Hersem was an excellent attorney. He was able to achieve the results we were looking for in our case and was helpful, professional and an excellent communicator all along the way…. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
From the first time chris and I spoke it was straight forward and all truth , which i greatly appreciated . He did an amazing job and worked with me the whole way they making the processes as quick and painless as possible . Great guy great lawyer And highly recommend !!! Five stars for sure
Posted by Jamie | October 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding Ticket Defense
I hired Hersem Law to defend a speeding ticket and Chris exceeded my expectations. Chris was extremely professional, very organized, and super responsive. He took his time to clearly walk through the process, explain possible outcomes, etc. He communicated well and provided status updates throughout the entire process. Hersem Law is very effective and good at what they do. He was able to get my ticket dismissed without penalty or fine. His fee was extremely reasonable. I highly recommend Hersem Law!!!
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Posted by Marie | August 31, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Chris came highly recommended to me and was very professional, honest and attentive. I could not have asked for a better lawyer to represent me!
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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

  • Owner / Managing Member
  • Christopher T. Hersem, P.L.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office - 6th Judicial Circuit
  • 2005 - 2008

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Law
  • 2005
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. R.L.
  • Reduced to Reckless Driving
  • State v. G.W.
  • Diversion Program
  • State v. J.J.
  • One Count Dismissed / One Count Reduced
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Associations

  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • NAFDD
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • The American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • # 1 DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer
  • Tampa Bay Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice - DUI Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor - DUI Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Superior (Top 100) DUI Attorneys
  • NAFDD
  • 2013
  • William F. Blews Pro Bono Award
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Interoffice Law Day
  • DUI - Overview of a First Charge
  • 2014
  • Interoffice Law Day
  • Criminal Defense - How to Handle Police Contact
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (36)
Given (43)
Endorse Christopher
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is very knowledgeable in the law and experienced in court. He puts the needs of his clients first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is well known in the legal community for his zealous advocacy and the ability to meet his client's expectations. He is competent, dedicated, and ethical as exemplified in the way he represents his clients and reflected by the success he has had over the years. Chris is a trusted colleague and a lawyer that I am happy to endorse."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Chris for many years. He is a great attorney and I gladly endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hersem is a talented attorney that I have personally referred clients to in the past and will continue to do so in the future. He is extremely diligent and works hard for his clients. If you are in the Tampa/St. Pete area and need a Criminal Defense/DUI Attorney, I highly recommend contacting Mr. Hersem."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a asset to our legal community. He understands the law, has trial experience and is great communicating with his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Top notch attorney who goes above and beyond for his clients. He refuses to rest until he has explored every potential legal defense and has a strong reputation in the legal community. Extremely insightful and knowledgeable about the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a very knowledgeable and dedicated legal advocate who consistently obtains outstanding results."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Other
"I am pleased to endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hersem is an excellent criminal defense attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris Hersem and I were opposing counsel on a number of matters early on in our careers. He brings a high level of representation and professionalism in every case handles. I would not hesitate to recommend Chris Hersem to anyone seeking his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is always prepared and professional. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and is well respected by prosecutors, other defense lawyers, and the judges. Anyone who hires Chris will not be disappoined."
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Tampa DUI and DWI Lawyer Christopher Thomas Hersem
Christopher Thomas Hersem
DUI and DWI Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 18 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available