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Stephen Corrigan Higgins

DUI and DWI Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.8   94 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 18 years
    New Jersey - NJ 19 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 19 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    License Administratively Revoked No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    70%
    We represent people charged with misdemeanor and felony DUI. Our goal is provide zealous defense and aggressive representation. We strive to get the best possible result and keep our clients informed throughout the process. When times are at their worst, we are at our best.

    19 years

  2. Criminal defense
    20%

    19 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%
    We

    19 years

Much of my time is devoted to my clients and their individual cases.  I strive to provide each client with personal and excellent representation, and to do that, sacrifices are made in my personal life.  To relax and in every moment I have not in the office of working on my clients' cases, I spend time with my family, whether at the beach, on the boat or simply relaxing at home.  I enjoy spending time with my family, excercising, playing tennis, traveling and reading books.

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Location

The Law Place
3426 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL, 33609-2906
The Law Place
1414 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL, 34239
Finebloom & Haenel P.A.
390 North Orange Ave.
#2300
Orlando, FL, 32801
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  94 customer reviews
Posted by William | April 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent communication and outcome
Stephen's expertise and knowledge were evident from the initial consultation. He explained the process very clearly and set reasonable expectations from the outset. I am fortunate that I chose Stephen over the other defense lawyers I spoke with as Stephen worked tirelessly on my behalf throughout the entire ordeal. Not only that, but his communication was excellent from start to finish. In the end, the case was resolved exactly as he had intended it and I am eternally grateful for his services. I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone.
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Posted by Carlos | February 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Want it done right?
Stephen is very proficient and communicative with his clients. I attained the results I wanted and required almost zero work on my behalf. His staff is very fast in answering questions and getting things facilitated.
Posted by Cameron | January 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More than an attorney
In my 5 years in Tampa, I’ve needed legal help more than a couple times and every single time Stephen was there for me. He always fought for the best outcome for me, and he is both capable and experienced. In addition to strictly legal help, he was very encouraging to me personally, as somebody who truly cares about his clients in a way that goes beyond a purely transactional client/attorney relationship. You can’t really put a price on having an attorney like Stephen in your corner and I would never hesitate to recommend him. I found him through these reviews, and I hope my review can be helpful in the same way.
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Posted by Carly | January 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in Hillsborough county
Stephen has been there for me through my case every single time I needed him, quick response rate and cares about his clients. Stephen reduced my charge and gave me the best case scenario! I am so grateful for his assistance. He answered me on holidays, weekends and after hours. He is a great criminal attorney! Highly recommend
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
client
Mr Higgins represented me in a DUI case while I was living in canada. He kept me abreast of my case and answered all my inquiries and worries promptly. Through the ordeal he was steadfast and proffesional. his Assistant Jennifer was very helpful and informative.
Posted by Dean | January 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Lawyer - Great advice
Attorney Higgins consulted me on some much needed legal advice . He was extremely responsive , attentive and knowledgeable about my needs . Attorney Higgins took the time to answer all my questions, and didn’t feel rushed . . Attorney Higgins made me feel less anxious and extremely relieved . I highly recommend .
Posted by Jessica | January 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
Stephen Higgins and his team delivered outstanding service and results! It is difficult to find an attorney that can deliver results in a timely manner in such a competitive industry, Stephen came through in every sense. STRONGLY RECOMMEND!
Posted by Joseph | January 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast response and
When I initially brought my case to Mr. Higgins, I was a bit nervous about the charges against me. But Mr. Higgins ensured me that he would guide me through the process. Mr. Higgins was very patient with all of my questions (I ask a lot). He made sure that I was informed and up to date with details of my case throughout the trial process. He kept an open line of communication which is appreciated and hard to come by these days. The outcome of the case was in my favor and I attribute it to Mr. Higgins knowledge, experiences and expertise! Mr. Higgins is an exceptional lawyer and my first choice for legal defense!
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Posted by Doug | January 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Steve was very profession and prompt to my legal needs. He was successful with my expectations and goals. I would defiantly (and have) recommend Steve to all of my family and friends!
Posted by Lisa S. | January 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Past Client
Attorney Higgins was great in helping me resolve my case. He was very communicative and thorough with impeccable attention to detail. We achieved our desired results. Highly recommend Attorney Higgins and his firm, he is truly incredible.
Posted by Hillary | January 11, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trusted advocate in time of need
I had contacted Attorney Higgins to get some legal guidance and his professionalism with respect to his advice was immeasurable. I would highly recommend Attorney Higgins for his legal expertise.
Posted by Kyle | December 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best around
Unfortunately in my life I’ve had to deal with many lawyers and in numerous different court rooms with different paid attorneys. Stephen is by far the best one I’ve dealt with around the board, he came to me with a resolution that I could not even imagine to be feasible. He is NOT a greedy take your money and feed you to the wolves type as I have dealt with in the past. Thank you Stephen and your team!
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impossible situation solved!
I had tried to do my own research and was coming up short on how to handle my problem (unknowingly driving a salvage-title vehicle without registration). I was using a chat feature to talk to a lawyer to get advice, which led to a call, which led to me hiring Higgins. He took care of everything, I didn’t even have to go to the hearings which was great since I work so many hours. My case was dismissed thanks to him even though I know my chances were pretty low with that happening. Highly recommend!!
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Posted by Curtis | July 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the Best!
I have hired Stephen Higgins for 5 traffic cases in the past 2 years. The first for a DUI which was reduced to reckless. The next 3 were for speeding, two of which were 30 miles per hour over the limit. He had them dismissed. The other speeding ticket was 15 mph over, and he the fine reduced from $256 to $176 and no points. The 5th case was for a DUI in August of 2019. I blew zeros and didn't have any drugs in my system. Today I finally had my hearing which was postponed due to COVID-19 and I am really pleased that he got the charge reduced to a careless driving ticket with only a $166 fine. I would highly recommend him as one of the best attorneys in the area.
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Posted by Sonya | February 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Recommended Attorney
With regards to my DUI case, Stephen was accessible, knowledgable, professional and comforting during my time of need/court case. He handled my case with expediency and without much need for my appearance. My final outcome was desirable and I am most pleased with Stephen and would recommend him for your Attorney needs!
Posted by Brian | January 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding Ticket
I received a speeding ticket and Stephen was able to get the fine reduced AND keep the points off of my license, I never had to appear in court or do anything other than give him my ticket and let him work. He is a great lawyer and I would recommend him to anyone!
Posted by Cristina | January 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Excellent Excellent Outcome!!!
Stephen Higgins was a fantastic attorney. This was my 2nd DUI and I was very worried that I would have to do jail time. He worked very hard on my case and I got NO jail time. I would highly recommend Stephen if you have a DUI charge. He is a very dedication attorney! Thank you Stephen for all your hard work!!!
Posted by laura | December 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent results
Mr. Higgins represented my son in a speeding ticket. My son never had to attend court, Mr. Higgins took care of everything. My son ended up with a small fine and no points on his license. You can't expect better results than that when it is an offence you did commit.
Posted by Linda | April 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Advice
Stephen Higgins contacted me very quickly in response to my inquiry about fighting a speeding ticket. He was extremely considerate, knowledgeable, kind and helpful. He provided very good advice, which I will follow. I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone needing his specialized services.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer and Results
I received a DUI while on vacation in FL. I contacted Stephen based on a referral from a lawyer in my home state. My case was complicated due to priors from a decade ago which caused our negotiating position with the state to be very, very far apart. My case continued to drag out for almost two years after a series of continuations from the state. Stephen reassured me to stay patient as he was continuing to work to resolve the case in my favor. He was very straightforward in explaining the pros and cons of going to trial and provided his personal recommendation based on the facts of my case, the judge and prosecutors involved and my past history. Late in the day on the eve of trial we agreed to a very positive settlement in my favor. I truly believe that with a less knowledgeable or less relentless lawyer that my outcome would have involved stiff penalties. I would highly recommend Stephen and his staff for others needing counsel. I should also point out that being out of state, I only had to appear one time which saved me a ton of money in travel.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Finebloom & Haenel, P.A.
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Brown & Connery
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Brown & Connery
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Judicial Intern
  • United States District Court of New Jersey
  • 2002 - 2002
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Education

  • Rutgers-The State University, School of Law - Camden
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 2005
  • Rutgers University, Camden
  • M.B.A.
  • 2005
  • Northeastern University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Cieslak v. State of Florida
  • Trial Court Decision Reversed on Appeal
  • Florida v. K.T.
  • DUI Charges Amended to Reckless Driving
  • State of Florida v. J.W.
  • Case Dismissed!
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 USA Age Group National Championships
  • United States Triathlon Association
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championship Qualifier
  • USA Triathlon National Championship
  • 2012
  • 5k Tampa Bay Frogman Swim Across Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay Frogman - Navy Seal Foundation
  • 2012
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Finebloom & Haenel
  • 2011
  • USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals Qualifier
  • USA Triathlon
  • 2011
  • 2nd Place - MTI Veteran's 5k
  • MTI Veterans Assocation
  • 2011
  • Superb Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2010
  • Co-Sponsor of the Diversity Scholarship Program
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • 2009
  • 2nd Place - Age Group Triathlon
  • 26th Annual Siesta Key Sharks
  • 2009
  • DUI Training Seminar Completion
  • Legal Brand
  • 2007
  • DUI-DWI Marketing BootCamp
  • Legal Brand Marketing
  • 2007
  • Strategies in Handling DUI cases
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Florida DUI Survival Guide
  • Surviving Your Tampa DUI Guide
  • 2013
  • Orlando DUI Survival Guide
  • Surviving Your Orlando DUI
  • 2013
  • Online Visibility
  • PR WEB
  • 2013
  • Florida DUI Magazine
  • DUI Report
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • DUI Training for Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • DUI Training
  • 2010
  • DUI Marketing Seminar
  • DUI Marketing
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (11)
Endorse Stephen
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"In my opinion Stephen is vastly becoming one of the preeminent Criminal/DUI Attorneys in the Bay Area. He is relentless in the defense of his clients. Whether he is arguing a motion or negotiating his ability to get results is unparalleled. We are so fortunate to have him here at Finebloom & Haenel."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I worked with Stephen for several years. It was some of the most enjoyable years of my practice. Stephen is hard working, devoted and responsive to his clients and has good instincts. He is overall one of the best lawyers I have had the privilege of working with and I would highly recommend him to any client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor I had many cases against Mr. Higgins. He is extremely knowledgeable and always prepared. Overall a great attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is well-respected in the legal community, both by his peers in the defense bar and opposing counsel at the State Attorney's Office. As a former prosecutor myself, I have experienced first-hand the type of damage Stephen can inflict on the prosecution's case. He provides exceptional service and attains excellent results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a really smart person who cares about helping others. He will evaluate your case and give you the straight honest answers that a client should get. If you have a case he'll pursue it vigorously, if you don't he will tell you that as well without the sugar coating."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Stephen since he began working for Finebloom and Haenel and have always been impressed by his passion to defend his clients. I have known him to get great results for his clients, and would definitely recommend him should someone I know be facing a criminal charge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Stephen Higgins. He is highly motivated, extremely efficient, and genuinely invested in each and every case. Stephen is well-liked, and equally well-respected in the legal community, and has a solid reputation for getting the job done. If you want results, hire Stephen."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. His "no quit" attitude has led to great results for defendants who seemed to be in dire circumstances. He has a passion for the law and zealously advocates on behalf of his clients. I recommend him to anyone who might find themselves with a need for a fantastic criminal lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have never met a lawyer that has such drive to achieve the best results for his clients. Stephen fights hard and is relentless when trying to get the best result. He has a great working relationship with all of the Prosecutors and has a reputation for not giving up. He has such a passion that is very clear upon meeting him. Anyone would be lucky to have Stephen Higgins on their side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Stephen and his firm are superlative. They contact me when a client may have an immigration issue, and they do their best to make sure that their immigrant defendants are informed of the immigration consequences of their cases, so that they have no immigration issues pop up down the road. Stephen is a superlative lawyer, and I consider him to be not only a reliable and trusted colleague, but a valued friend. It is my privilige to practice law along side superlative lawyers like Stephen, and his partner, Darren Finebloom."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Stephen Higgins' work as I regularly refer clients to him and his firm. Stephen is young, enthusiastic, energetic and works tirelessly in the best interest of his clients. He exemplifies the type of drive and determination that is vital in the competitive criminal defense arena. He's one you want on your side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Steve is a very dedicated attorney who will provide the best representation possible to his clients."
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