|FL||Member in Good Standing||2005||01/29/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|# 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|
|Owner / Managing Member||Christopher T. Hersem, P.L.||2008 - Present|
|Assistant Public Defender||Public Defender's Office - 6th Judicial Circuit||2005 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|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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|Stetson University College of Law||Concentration in Advocacy||Law||2005|
|University of Florida||Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|Interoffice Law Day||DUI - Overview of a First Charge||2014|
|Interoffice Law Day||Criminal Defense - How to Handle Police Contact||2014|
Posted by anonymous
I was charged with a DUI earlier this year in Pinellas County and Mr. Hersem was able to have the charge reduced to a reckless driving.
"Do you understand what Mr. Hersem has done here for you today? On average only 3 out of 300 DUI's are reduced to reckless driving." This is what the Judge stated to me as I sat in front of him in court.
Mr. Hersem treated my case as if he was defending his best friend. With Chris, you will understand what all of your options are and what is happening every step of the way. He was adamant about me asking questions so that I would understand the entire process from start to finish.
This was a very stressful time in my life and he really made me feel comfortable and put me at ease. He is extremely knowledgeable, creative, well organized, and hard working. His communication skills are top notch. I highly recommend Mr. Hersem. He will treat you like a friend and fight hard to get you results. Period.
Posted by anonymous
I was pulled over for DUI. I didnâ€™t blow. Needless to say I was very stressed. In one day your usual business suit is changed to the orange robe and a nasty bologna sandwich for lunch. And endless worries upon release. Luckily a friend referred me to Chris Hersem. Chris turned out to be an amazing lawyer, literally my savior. The video tape of my arrest was pretty bad: I was shaking, couldnâ€™t do the tasks properly, my speech wasnâ€™t clear and I even admitted that I drank wine. Based on the tape I thought it was over for me. But Chris tried to turn every little thing in my favor, managed to find some procedural inconsistencies in police officerâ€™s behavior and created a wonderful image of me as an exemplary citizen of our society. Our goal was to keep pushing for a reduction to reckless. And at first prosecutors were adamant, that this will stay a DUI. But Chris kept pushing and pushing and weeks later I received a phone call saying that it got reduced to reckless. He went to the very top to get this reduced. Iâ€™m still not clear, how has he done it, maybe itâ€™s his persuasion power or professionalism. One thing I know is that he got me out of seemingly impossible situation. He saved my career.
Paul Przepis, Personal injury Attorney
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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.
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