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Paul DeCailly

DUI and DWI Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.5   13 reviews

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Paul DeCailly is a former United States Marine who proudly served from 1989 to 1993 as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crewman / Crew Chief.
After being Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps, Paul began his education and obtained a Bachelors Degree in interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on the American Judicial System from Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, and went on to Law School at Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree with certificates in Litigation and Solo Practice Concentrations on May 13, 2000.
While attending Law School Paul Clerked for the Hon. Colleen O’Brian in the Oakland County Circuit Court, and also clerked for a prominent civil rights and employment discrimination attorney in Franklin Michigan.
Paul also did a one semester externship at the Washtenaw County Office of the Public Defender which eventually lead to a position with the office as a full time/part time assistant public defender from February of 2001 to September of 2002.
Paul took the State of Michigan Bar Exam in July of 2000 and received notice that he passed on November 2, 2000. He was sworn into the practice of law on November 17, 2000 and opened his Law Practice on November 18, 2000. In July of 2004 Paul took and passed the Florida Bar Exam becoming licensed to practice in Florida on October 4, 2004.

Paul has represented Clients in both civil and criminal matters in Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Washington DC, Colorado, Arkansas, Texas, New York and California. 

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Licensed for 22 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/23/2022
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 12/25/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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DeCailly Law Group, PA
3030 N. Rocky Point Dr. W
Suite 150
Tampa, FL, 33607


4.5 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by Joanna | April 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Only criminal defense lawyer I’d use
Paul Decailly is by far the best Lawyer for the job. Almost immediately as I contacted him he started on my case. Even on a weekend call, during a world wide pandemic court house closure (Covid-19) and two counties to contact and process through Mr. Decailly was prompt, efficient and had the ability to get the job done. I recommend Mr. Decailly for any criminal defense needs you may I wouldn’t recommend any other attorney.
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Posted by Josh | August 6, 2015
Amazing Results Amazing Service
Mr. Decailly handled my DUI case and I walked out of Court today with no conviction. The officer pulled me over because the car I was driving was registered to someone who had a suspended license. Mr. Decailly Challenged the stop of the vehicle, and ALL the evidence was tossed out. I owe him much more than I paid him, which was fair and reasonable.
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Posted by Andrew Levitin | March 19, 2015
Paul believes in the ADA
I have Tourettes and Aspergers Syndrome plus another disability called verbal Intermittent Explosive Disorder that are US Social Security Disability classifications. Anybody that cannot imagine what my life is around people who do not have disabilities can be understood by going to my blog which is: Paul is an attorney that is exactly like the title I chose for my blog, I believe in the ADA. Paul believes in the ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act. Paul and believe me when I say this as I do not lie (how do you think I have a Secret Service Agent for the Department of Homeland Security as a reference), Paul believes when there is a Federal Law concerning people with Disabilities, all states do not have the right to circumvent Federal Edicts. Federal always trumps local no matter where you are at in the nation. In my case not just my case, my life is well due to the disability I would write more than 4000 characters so read my blog of which Paul is aware of everything I wrote as he gets a copy of everything that I write on it.
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Posted by Bobby | May 11, 2014
Amaaaazzzzzzed at the results
We called Paul DeCailly at 10 pm on a Saturday night just hoping to leave a message and we got a live person who patched us through to Paul immediately. He took our call, we needed to stop a foreclosure sale of our house on the following Tuesday. He took quick action, but only after we did our part by supplying him with information. A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy was filed on sunday and the sale was stopped. Not only did he stop the sale, but he managed to get my student loans DISCHARGED!!!! It was not easy but he took on the Department of Education and won. He kept us in our house for an additional 8 months and managed to get us $2500.00 from the mortgage company to help us move. We were amazed that he actually took the time to analyze our entire financial situation and encouraged us to file the action to discharge my student loans. He made no promises but the promise that he would use all his skills and knowledge to get us maximum relief through our Bankruptcy.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2014
Great Lawyer!
*****Paul has the ability to stand up to the system when others are too scared to fight or would simply choose the easiest route to a paycheck. Paul ENJOYS winning in a court room, not just filing paperwork! He is able to turn the prosecutors own words against them! Paul also met with us the same night, immediately prepared paperwork for our case, and quickly had all charges dropped. Furthermore, he had my wife’s plea of guilty and conviction overturned, entered a not guilty plea, and forced the courts to re-evaluate her case. Once the conviction was overturned, he convinced the prosecution to drop the case! Once all charges were dropped for both my wife and I, Paul filed a civil lawsuit against the city for falsely arresting us! To this date, Paul has had all criminal charges dropped and a lawsuit filed. He has later gone on to rectify our delinquent tax situation with the IRS, win in traffic court against an angry officer (very difficult real life court room trial moment where officer brought video tape), and is getting closer every day to winning civilly and having the court system award us the money we rightfully deserve. Paul has the ability to stand up to the system when others are too scared to fight!
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Posted by Michelle | March 11, 2013
Great Guy
He helped me with my bankruptcy, very professional, very easy to talk to and helpful through a rough patch, I feel fortunate to have had a Paul Decailly as my lawyer.
Posted by Adam | March 11, 2013
Fast, Personable and amazingly knowledgeable.
Walking in with timeline demands that needed to be met. Paul DeCailly stepped up and got everything done in time. I wasn't able to sleep until Paul got on the case and handled it quick and concise. I recommend him and his services like I have to friends and family already.
Posted by Dana | March 9, 2013
I have used Paul DeCailly's services on various occasions, Chapter 13, a wrongful termination case and recently a family divorce case. In all situations he was very responsive to my calls, never felt like there was a lack of communication, very trust worthy and was really good about meeting me in his office at any time I needed his advice. He is a very knowledgeable attorney and has handled all of my cases in a timely fashion and a job well done. I wish he was licensed in the State of Texas as my family has a large case, a hit and run drunk driver killed my 22 year old Nephew and I have had to do most of the research for a firm of attorneys, it has been going on for over 5 months now with no progress. I seriously feel Mr. DeCailly would have already handled this case well and with some progress at this point. I have had a few attorney's before him and never had any success or trust in them until I met Paul DeCailly, I would put my life in this man's hands and know I was safe.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2013
I contacted the office 20 hours before my house was to sold at foreclosure and they put together a emergency bankruptcy in plenty of time to stop the sale. Today we are in a great CH13 plan our second mortgage is gone and first one modified, he reduced our interest rate on out truck from 16% to 5%. We are very happy with Paul's services.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2012
Pleased with service
Excellent Attorney who helped us out of a very tough financial situation. I would recommend Paul to all of my family & friends.
Posted by Carl | March 10, 2013
Great office great lawyer great results
We hired Mr. Decailly to represent our son in a serious criminal matter. His performance exceeded our expectations. He treated our son and our family with great respect and brought about an exceptional result in the end. He kept us informed of hearings and other critical appointments. We would recommend him to our friends and family.
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Posted by Jennifer | March 9, 2013
Excellent and knowledgable!!
Paul was great and helped us through our Chapter 13. So glad we found him and he walked us through everything step by step... He replied to all our emails and text messages and returned our calls even outside his business hours! Thank you so much!!
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The absolute worst lawyer to practice law
I imagine that if he was to defend his worst enemy, the enemy would have had 100% more concern than our case was given. With 100% proof of everything being done illegally, without probably cause, without legal grounds for even being spoken to by law enforcement, this attorney did NOTHING to defend and protect our rights and freedom. I daily hold onto the hope that this happens to his immediate family and he can experience the pain and trauma as well as the financial devastation that this has caused our family. I hope that they receive the same level of defense that they gave us. If you are into gambling, by all means, hire this wannabe public pretender.
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Wayne State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Public Defender Emeritus
  • Washtenaw County Public Defender Office
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul is a caring and skillful attorney dedicated to protecting the rights of people accused of a crime. If one is under threat of criminal prosecution, rest assured Paul will stand up for you."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense

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Tampa DUI and DWI Lawyer Paul DeCailly
Paul DeCailly
DUI and DWI Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 22 years