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Bruce Howard Denson

DUI and DWI Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

5.0   62 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Bruce

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    40%
    DUI representation with a focus on first time offenders. Use my FREE online evaluation of the DUI charges against you. 24/7 Call anytime!

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    Misdemeanor and Felony charges in State Court throughout Tampa Bay and Florida. FREE Consultations

  3. Defective and dangerous products
    15%
    Limited to cigarette cases. Free case evaluation.

  4. Sex crime
    10%
    Attorney Bruce H. Denson provides vigorous criminal defense for people facing allegations of date rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse in courts in the St. Petersburg / Tampa Bay area. Free Consultations

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    We limit our traffic ticket defense to Pinellas County because we feel that focus enables us to optimize our results for clients. We are not a "ticket mill" and we provide personal service. FREE Consultations

The Denson Firm defends those charged with DUI, drug possession, theft and other criminal charges. The firm provides criminal defense to people accused of misdemeanor or felony crimes in the Tampa / St. Petersburg, Florida, area of Pinellas County and Hillsborough County.


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If you have been charged with a crime, you want immediate legal help and an aggressive defense. At The Denson Firm, former prosecutor and St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney Bruce H. Denson is here for you.

 

At the law office of St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney Bruce H. Denson, our mission is to provide you with passionate and aggressive legal representation and personal counsel in criminal cases. Because he is a sole practitioner, you will always speak directly with Mr. Denson and he will attend every court hearing. Your case will have his full attention and will never be passed down to a less-experienced attorney. Personal service and client contact is a priority at The Denson Firm.

As an experienced defense lawyer, Mr. Denson has been representing people facing felony and misdemeanor charges in the St. Petersburg - Tampa area for over twenty years. He knows the courts and the community, and he knows how to get his clients the best resolution possible in their criminal cases.

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, you are under a great deal of stress. We know it is difficult to make a decision as important as choosing a criminal defense attorney at a time when you are living with such anxiety. We do everything possible to make it easy for you. At The Denson Firm, we encourage prospective clients to meet with us in person. It is important that you be able to trust the lawyer who will be standing beside you and defending you in court. A face-to-face meeting allows us to get to know each other and gives you an opportunity to learn more about our commitment to our clients and the leadership we can provide to your case.

Your First Consultation is Free

Contact the Denson Firm to schedule an appointment. We handle criminal defense for a wide range of felony and misdemeanor charges. We work with many people facing first-time criminal charges for drunk driving and drug possession, as well as juvenile offenders. We provide an aggressive criminal defense in all matters, including:

  • Drug Charges
  • Drunk Driving and DUI Charges
  • Theft Crimes
  • Domestic Violence and Spousal Abuse
  • Sex Crimes
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • Weapons Charges

 

The St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney at The Denson Firm defends those charged with DUI-DWI, spousal abuse, drug possession, and other criminal charges. The firm provides criminal defense to people accused of misdemeanor or felony crimes in the Tampa / St. Petersburg, Florida, area of Pinellas County and Hillsborough County, including the communities of Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park, St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Kenneth City, Madeira Beach, and Seminole.

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Location

Bruce H Denson, Pa
150 Second Avenue North
Suite 1500
Saint Petersburg, FL, 337013636
Bruce H Denson, Pa
305 North Armenia Avenue
Ste C
Tampa, FL, 33609
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2022
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Excellent service
I chose Mr. Denson because he seemed to be genuinely interested in being of assistance and willing to take the time to fully represent me. He not only fully met my expectations but exceeded them. Any questions I had were quickly answered in a way that were understandable and got updates as soon as he became aware of them. Would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Victor | June 27, 2018
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Great DUI Attorney
Great Lawyer. Very professional and will listen and help you win your case. I had a complicated DUI case in which he took on and was able to win in the end. Mr.Denson worked with me through the whole process and kept me up to date on everything that was going on. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Torin | January 29, 2018
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Great Lawyer
I called Bruce 2 weeks before my court date and he handled everything first class. He and his staff are very professional and do everything in your best interest.
Posted by George | November 15, 2017
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Fantastic Service!
Bruce helped me through the DUI process which I had never been through. With my career potentially on the line Bruce and his team gave me the opportunity to feel as comfortable as possible by being honest and easily accessible. Bruce stands out in my mind simply because he is one of few that still enjoys helping people.
Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2017
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Great Lawyer!
Bruce was on task every step of the way. From the very beginning, he was able to stand out from other lawyers by communicating my options clearly and with certainty. He then executed everything that was discussed successfully. In my case, I was charged with a 2nd degree felony. Bruce was able to lower it to a 3rd degree, give me a withhold of adjudication, and keep me to 16 months of probation--which I did in 8 for good conduct. Once probation was over, Bruce proceeded to seal the case. I highly recommend his professionalism and am fully satisfied and grateful for his service. It's allowed my life to proceed in a positive direction without being hindered by past mistakes.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2017
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Great Attorney and easy to work with
Mr. Denson took my case literally a handful of days before my case was to be heard in court. He did a great job and was very thorough. He even followed up to ensure the court updated their records to note my ticket was dismissed. Great demeanor and very easy to work with.
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2017
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Thankful!
I had never had any legal problems in my life when the company I was working for falsely accused me of theft. Originally, I went with a large firm, but they couldn’t provide me the personalized service and understanding of the Pinellas County system to truly give me the best representation possible. I needed local and specific representation, and finding Bruce Denson proved to be the perfect choice. Though I had already entered into an agreement with the state, Mr. Denson gave me the time and attention to look at all of my options. Ultimately, I decided to go to trial instead of accepting any deals, and Mr. Denson was on point every step of the way. His knowledge of my case and understanding of all possible outcomes made me feel comfortable and reassured while going through such a difficult time. Mr. Denson was tenacious in my defense, and carefully considered my perspective and evidence. Mr. Denson got me the very best outcome: a not guilty verdict by a jury of my peers. The vindication from being falsely accused, and the assurance that my reputation was revived were all made possible by Bruce Denson’s incomparable knowledge of the law, combined with his confidence and competence in the courtroom. I am grateful for Mr. Denson’s excellent work. I highly recommend Mr. Denson.
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Posted by B | November 2, 2016
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Highly Professional and Responsive
I strongly endorse Bruce to any prospective clients. Bruce was proactive throughout and his professionalism and knowledge put me at ease. On top of that he is a stand-up kinda guy who will honestly assess your situation and give it to you straight. Highly recommended.
Posted by Chris | October 14, 2016
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Excellent lawyer for traffic violations.
Bruce has been my traffic lawyer for a number of years. It's not often that I have to use him. When that time does come, he is great at what he does. Depending on how severe the violation is he is able to assist in some way by reducing the penalties down to a minimum "This all depends on your record". If you are in violation of traffic laws, I would recommend having him represent you in a court of law to make sure you aren't stuck with the worst case scenarios. I have recommended him many times to people over the years. Great person to have represent you!!!!
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Posted by Madalyn | August 18, 2016
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Very happy :)
I highly recommend Mr. Denson! I am a young adult who got into some legal trouble and he made me feel very comfortable and secure with all the decisions that were made. I felt as if he genuinely cared about my situation and he even got the charges dropped to a lesser fine. He was very kind and personable and I would recommend him to anybody who needs a good lawyer! He is your guy! Thank you Bruce!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2016
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Best Possible Result
Faced with priors from my youth, I knew my case would be extremely challenging. But to his credit, Bruce methodically dissected and put together a defense that allowed me to retain my professional license.
Posted by Steve | May 10, 2016
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Bruce Denson
We were referred to Bruce in the darkest of times, and not only was he competent and professional, he helped us emotionally as well. I don't know how we would have made it through this ordeal without him.
Posted by Sean | March 22, 2016
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Great Defense Attorney
Bruce was awesome. I hired him to help me with a DUI case last year. He was able to get the charges dropped and the case completely removed from my record without having to go to trail. He was very fair prices when compared to other lawyers. I would definitely recommend him to anyone!!
Posted by Bobby JR | February 16, 2016
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GOD SEND
Bruce took on my case (involving a firearm), and i don't know what i would've done without him. He's knowledgeable, caring, and most of all a blessing. My case went smooth and the time i did receive for the crime was UNBELIEVABLE!!! I don't look at it as getting off, i look at it as God's way of pulling me through. Thank you Bruce and I love you man!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2015
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Better results than I ever expected
I hired Mr. Denson to help with an accident case, in which he cleared up for me with no troubles. I then had to hire for a DUI case, my second, he was able to keep me informed of the status of my case and out of much trouble. I was expecting to go to jail for a long time, he stopped that from happening and even convinced the Judge to give me house arrest. The best money I've spent on an attorney, would recommend him to anyone I cared about.
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Posted by Art | October 1, 2015
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Exemplary!
I was referred to Bruce Denson for civil asset forfeiture. Bruce was highly knowledgeable and incredibly personable. He is a very good communicator so I never felt in the dark or uniformed about my case. Mr.Denson represents what I want to see from an attorney, he gave me a warm and fuzzy from the beginning. Extremely understanding of my financial situation and was truly appreciated. Highly recommend Bruce Denson!
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Posted by George | June 23, 2015
Grateful
Mr. Bruce Denson was a great advocate and defender throughout this whole process. He told me what to expect, and the outcome was as told! I appreciate the attention and faith he made available for my wife and I. I wouldn't recommend anyone more highly! Thanks, Bruce!
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
The most I liked about Bruce Denson he kept me informed about all details related to my case, he was on time and present for every court appearance and always reminded me as well, I was very happy with the results I would gladly recommend hem to any one. Bruce Denson is the lawyer you can trust.
Posted by Jim | June 13, 2015
Excellent DUI attorney with thoughtful approach to challenging cases
I highly recommend Bruce.Denson. I was being charged with DUI with property damage. These are prosecuted rigorously in Pinellas County. Based on the evidence in my case, there was little to no opportunity to work with the State Attorney's office except for accepting a guilty plea for DUI. . Bruce was able to thoughtfully analyze the evidence and circumstances surrounding the charges to develop an effective defense strategy. When all the facts were put together, the law enforcement assessments and evidence lost some of the initial strength and credibility. Further, Bruce's conservative, approachable style worked well when interacting with the sate attorney's office. This resulted in an agreement to lesson the charges to reckless driving. An incredible result was achieved. Bruce definitely dedicated the time needed to develop an effective case. Also, he was instrumental in helping me get through a very tough and daunting process that could have had career consequences. I sincerely appreciated Bruce's professionalism, insight and experience.
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Posted by Tim | June 11, 2015
A thorough attorney
First of all Mr. Denson was recommended to me via his peers, that says a great deal to me. He is kind, listens, and can build a comfort level that makes you feel you are his only case, he calls when he says he will, most of the time he answers the phone himself. my case was a DUI, I was terrified, confused and needed help in the worst way. MR Denson was there, was realistic and provided me solid legal advice. As a result I was given a great defense in which my penalties were reduced, he made no pie in the sky promises, when he planned and share with me his defense plan he was on the money with the result. I highly recommend this attorney. Nobody ever wants to have be in the situation I put myself in, but Mr. Denson was there and made a bad situation as good as it could possibly be. Thanks
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bruce H Denson, PA
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Whittemore, Denson PA
  • 1998 - 2008
  • Prosecutor
  • Pinellas County State Attorney
  • 1994 - 1998

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD-Juris Doctorate
  • 1994
  • University of Florida
  • BSBA
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. M.S.
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. S.A.W.
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2015 - Present
  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
  • Consigliere
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2006 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Executive Board
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Presentation
  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
  • 2015
  • Best Program
  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
  • 2014
  • Volunteer Award
  • Florida Counsel For Compulsive Gambling
  • 2013
  • Best Presentation
  • Barney Masterson Inns of Court
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Paraclete magazine
  • Drug Court: A Path Toward Rehabilitation
  • 2013
  • St. Petersburg Bar Paraclete
  • Gamblling: The Overlooked Addiction
  • 2011
  • The St. Petersburg Bar Paraclete
  • Twelve Things Every Civil Lawyer Should Know About Sealing and Expunging Records
  • 2010
  • St. Petersburg Bar Paraclete
  • Teen Drivers
  • 2009
  • Florida Defender
  • Primer for Adversarial Preliminary Hearings Under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act
  • 2008
  • Journal of the Florida Justice Association
  • Making Crime Pay-What Every Civil Litigator Needs to Know about the Collateral Estoppel Effect of Criminal Convictions
  • 2008
  • St. Petersburg Bar Paraclete
  • To Blow or Not to Blow
  • 2007
  • Journal of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Confessing Fault
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Sixth Circuit Seminar
  • Professionalism Panel
  • 2015
  • PFAWLS Professionalism Seminar
  • Modern Professional Lawyering
  • 2015
  • Monthly Luncheon CLE
  • Dealing with The Aftermath: Mugshots, Sealing and Expunction
  • 2013
  • Pinellas Bail Bond Agent Association Lunch
  • Fighting Forfeiture-A Primer for Bail Bond Agents
  • 2012
  • Florida Paralegal Association
  • Legislative Update
  • 2011
  • Trial Practice Section
  • Effect of Criminal Convictions in Civil Cases
  • 2008
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Collateral Estoppel effect of Criminal Convictions
  • 2008
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • New Century Cases, Causes of Action, and Legal Causes Which You Need to Take, Handle and Be Involved in for the Benefit of Your Clients
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (11)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bruce. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bruce does a great job for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been able to observe Mr. Denson in action throughout my legal career. I have opposed him on cases when I was a prosecutor and worked alongside him now in private practice. He is professional, knowledgeable and has a great reputation within the local legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bruce Denson because he is simply one of the finest lawyers in the Tampa Bay area. Bruce is highly respected by his fellow lawyers, the judges that he appears before, and the clients that he has helped so well over the years. He is also a kind man, generous with his time and his knowledge."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Denson is an experienced DUI defense attorney who exhibits a vast knowledge of the law and trial strategies. I highly recommend this attorney for your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is a great attorney with an impeccable reputation in the community. I have had the opportunity to work with Bruce on several occasions and he is always able to assist when I am dealing with difficult issues. I highly recommend this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is a superb attorney. I have come to know him in the local bar association and found him to be a skilled advocate in all respects. He is intelligent, gifted and very personable. Without reservation I endorse Bruce."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have sent many clients to Bruce over the years for criminal defense. I am confident that Bruce does a great job of representing criminal defendants and I feel confident when I refer a client to Bruce that they will be glad that I did."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been recommending Bruce Denson to people with traffic citations for many years and I always get good reports back that he is professional and helpful with traffic tickets. I have personally known Bruce to be professional, knowledgeable, and friendly to everyone. I highly recommend Bruce Denson."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Bruce is an excellent lawyer. I often refer clients with criminal matters to Bruce and always receive excellent reports from those clients. I highly recommend Bruce."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If you've got a criminal problem in the St. Pete/Tampa area Bruce is the man to call. I can honestly say that all of the cases that Bruce and I have worked together on have been dismissed!! Many times that I have called the office he has answered the phone himself; give him a ring today if you are looking for a good lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is an honorable man whose work I endorse."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer's work.I have known Bruce Denson for his entire legal career, from his early years as a prosecutor and for many years as a highly respected criminal defense attorney in the same legal community. He has extensive trial experience and always provides a strong defense for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I first met Bruce at the State Attorney's office where we both prosecuted. I have observed him as a colleague and worthy adversary. He is smart and well prepared."
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