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Jackson Keith Hilliard

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

4.8   21 reviews

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About Jackson

Learn Jackson’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I have represented all number of cases from armed robbery to driving without a license.

    17 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Family
    I bring my courtroom trial expertise and experience to family law.

    8 years, 25 cases

Attorney Jackson Hilliard is the leading attorney at his Clearwater law firm, Hilliard Law, P.L. Mr. Hilliard has lived in St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area for the last ten years. He spent his undergraduate career at the University of Central Florida, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1998. Mr. Hilliard then earned his law degree from Stetson College of Law in 2006. Attorney Hilliard is a member of numerous associations, including the Florida Bar, Clearwater Bar, St. Petersburg Bar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


At Hilliard Law, P.L., Attorney Hilliard provides Florida residents with criminal defense and DUI defense. He has represented thousands of clients in cases ranging from felonies, misdemeanors, traffic cases, petty crimes, and more. Mr. Hilliard will assist clients who are facing a wide range of charges, including drug crimes, federal crimes, juvenile crimes, and white collar crimes. He has extensive experience in handling cases involving DUI charges. Attorney Hilliard is determined to protect licensed professionals, executives, and business owners from letting a DUI conviction ruin their careers. His trial experience gives him the ability to negotiate with prosecutors and work towards a lesser charge or dismissal of the client’s case. When a client charged with a DUI decides to work with Attorney Hilliard, he will first thoroughly examine the details of their case, and investigate the evidence prosecution is using against them. He will then help the client understand their legal rights and make sure they are aware of what all their options are. If it is in the client’s best interest is to request a DMV hearing where they challenge the suspension of their license, Attorney Hilliard will attend the hearing with the client and represent them. No matter what criminal charges you are facing, Attorney Hilliard is determined to do everything in his power to fight for you. To learn more about retaining the representation of Attorney Hilliard, contact Hilliard Law, P.L. 


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Licensed for 15 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Musca Law
111 2nd AVE NE #912
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33701


4.8 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2015
Defend With Trust and Honor
I am blessed to have selected Mr. Hilliard to handle my most recent case. He was able to bring fairness in the courtroom concerning my case and fought hard to ensure my side was clearly explained. I am grateful for his dedication to my case.
Posted by Travis | October 21, 2014
D.U.I. Trial
Jackson Hilliard represented me on a D.U.I. and open container charges. I was adamant that I was not guilty of either charge brought upon me. I explained the encounter of events with the law enforcement officers to Jackson and why I had great concern that I was treated unfairly during the investigation process of the traffic stop. He reviewed the officer’s evidence or lack of evidence and immediately identified several inconsistencies in the officer’s reports. I refused to settle for anything but a traffic infraction, no criminal charges or we would go to trial. Jackson Hilliard agreed and felt really positive about this case. The state attorney office only wanted to negotiate a reckless driving. So trial it was. Jackson was prepared with a well thought out strategy. The week before the trail, Jackson successfully won the motion to suppress the open container which I felt never should have been charged. His strategy proved that the testimony by the officers failed to follow several policies and procedures. The following week, we went to trial for the D.U.I. Jackson was able to show several inconsistencies in the officer’s report and their testimony. He was methodical with picking the jury. Jackson easily proved to the jury that I was not guilty without a reasonable doubt. He highlighted all the evidence that proved that was I not guilty and asked the law enforcement officers why there were so many inconsistencies in their reports at trial. He constantly had me write down additional inconsistencies in the officer’s testimony and questioned the officers on those inconsistencies. The Jury deliberated for about 20 minutes and delivered justice: NOT Guilty. He is great lawyer and I could not have chosen a better lawyer. Thank you Jackson Hilliard!
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Posted by Jon | September 8, 2014
The "Excellence" of the Hillard Law Firm
My Hilliard, Is an "Outstanding Attorney".........!1 His attentiveness to my Case, was taken care of "Very Promptly" He is a True Professional, I "HIGHLY" recommend his Law Firm......!! Respectfully, Jon
Posted by Richard Mosley | September 2, 2014
excellence and service
I am very happy with you know you're your people did an excellent job exceeded my expectations your representative on the phone Chrissy was very professional and courteous and very informative she has very good communication skills and I am very happy with everything that you guys did for meand I would highly recommend you guys to anyone
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2014
Zealous Advocate
Mr. Hilliard represented me in a traffic citation matter. He advised me at our first meeting of the potential outcomes of going to court and my different options. He further indicated what the probable result would be, and he was right; the judge ruled precisely as Mr. Hilliard had speculated. In court he demonstrated his remarkable trial experience, knowledge of the law, and he zealously advocated for me with the utmost professionalism. His demeanor was professional and confident, but he was down to earth and easy to talk to. He took the time to explain the process and applicable law, and answered all of my questions. His assistant consistently kept me apprised of updates, and always responded quickly to my e-mails. I would highly recommend Mr. Hilliard to my friends and family, and would definitely retain him again myself if I were to receive another citation.
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Posted by Fran | August 28, 2014
traffic ticket
I've never written a review about anyone, good or bad. I drive for a living and got a speeding ticket. I received several flyers of attys that would help and It was very important that I have no points on my DL. I needed to know if taking the class or hiring an atty was the way to go. I emailed the office at 9:30 pm and they called me in 30 min. I talked to Kristie, she had the answers i needed. She was so nice on the phone. The best part is the charge was dismissed and other than their fee, there was no other charges and no points on my DL
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Posted by Tony R. | August 18, 2014
Jackson K. Hilliard = REAL
Mr. Hilliard represented me in a dui case, it was case where I could have easily done a lot of time based on my prior's. After meeting with him I knew he was the lawyer I was going to have fight for me. I could tell he wasn't just telling me what I wanted to hear so I would pay him, he was honest about what the outcome could be which was hard to take at first, but I was in a seriously bad position. He was very open to communication before and after our court date, always willing to speak with me and help out if possible. With his knowledge and professionalism the outcome turned in my favor dramatically, I ended up serving a little under three weeks in county jail which was nothing compared to the prison time I could have easily received. I was extremely satisfied with his representation and would highly recommend him, not to mention he has the greatest assistant which was just as eager to fight my case. Look around if you want but take it from me, I am no dummy when it comes to reading people that are real and not so real, this man is REAL.
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Posted by Kristin | June 18, 2014
Satisfied and Smiling
Jackson has helped me so much. I had a crazy situation, with some serious charges. I was referred to Jackson and was a bit nervous because I had never been in need of a defense attorney. But immediately after I explained my concerns, he had a plan. He explained to me what was going to happen and what he was going to do to make it better. Sure enough, the charges were reduced and it was resolved. Then, Jackson was able to have my records sealed. Almost right away, I was hired on with a great company. I can't thank him and his staff enough. They have not only gained a satisfied customer but I've been smiling because of their help:) I would highly suggest Jackson Hilliard as a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2014
Good job.
I got stuck in jail b/c of bad paperwork. Mr. Hilliard was able to straightne it out right. Who knows how long I would have stayed in there if he hadn't worked on my case. I appreciate all the work that he put into it. He did a great job.
Posted by Howard | February 18, 2014
The best lawyer you hope you never need.
I would definitely say that Mr. Hilliard was very good at what he does. I hope that I will never get charged wit anything that I must hire him again, though. Like thats nothing against Mr. Hilliard. I just don't want to go through all that again. I am glad that he was my lawyer. If I do get in trouble again, I will hire him to represent me for sure.
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Posted by Billy | January 23, 2014
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Mr. Jackson got me out of a very tight spot. I really do believe that if he hadn't been their for me, I would be in a lot of trouble right now. I mean, I didn't deserve to be in a lot of trouble. But the prosecutor really wanted to get me. Luckily, Mr. Jackson knew what to say. He was able to explain to the prosecutor my situation and work something out. I was very happy I hired him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2014
I found myself in a terrible position and in need of a good attorney. Mr. Hilliard believed in me and worked very hard to get my situation resolved. He continues to assist me to completely end my situation and spends all the time I need to reasure me that everything will work out. It was very nice to know that he was willing to do whatever it took.
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Posted by Leighton | November 13, 2013
This guy is good.
Who trusts lawyers, right? Normally I don't. But this guy is good. And if you are in a little bit of trouble, like I was, you want someone like Jackson on your side. Heknows his stuff. He's nice. He answers the phone when I call. He can be chatty sometimes, especially about boring statutes and rules and the DMV, stuff like that. But to me that just says he's passionate about what he does. I'd rather have him as my attorney then someone who's in it just for the money. I'd say that if you hire Jackson, you won't regret it.
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Posted by Michael | October 22, 2013
Goodbye Suspended License
I don't know how he did it. I got a letter from the DMV saying that my license was gonna be suspended. Mr. Hilliard said he would take care of it. I wasn't so sure because I never met him. But I didn't have any days left before they suspended it. So I hired Mr. Hilliard and by the end of the week my license was good. I don't know how he did it. I almost got fired because if I lost my license I wouldn't be able to go to work. But Mr. Hilliard took care of it. I'm thankful. I would definitely definitely recommend Mr. Hilliard to anyone.
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Posted by Deborah | October 11, 2013
One of the best
When I got arrested for a DUI I have no idea what to do next. Mr. Hilliard explained to me my options and told me what I could expect. Once I hired him, he would always answers my questions and take to me over the phone. I was very happy with the outcome of my case. He got the proscutor to reduce the charges. Thanks to Mr. Hilliard I don't have a DUI on my record.
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Posted by Chris | June 7, 2013
Fantastic Work
My license had been suspended initially for an unpaid speeding ticket, and during a period of prolonged unemployment, I got pulled over several times while searching for work. As soon as I finally got a job, got everything paid for and got my license back, the State of Florida hit me with an HTO (Habitual Traffic Offender) wanting to take my license away again. I hired Jackson, and he did a great job digging through Florida traffic statutes and working with the legal system to keep my license from being revoked for 5 years. Now, thanks to Jackson, I don't have to worry about possibly going to jail every time I want to go to work. Considering what he did for me, his billing was more than fair. He worked with me on the price, and even reduced his final fee when he was able to wrap things up quicker and easier than he had originally estimated. I will happily recommend him to every person I know who needs a lawyer, and am more than glad for the opportunity to sing his praises here.
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Posted by Frank | January 31, 2013
Great Job
I hired Jackison for two different issues I was faced with. He handled them with a very nice informative attitude. He accepted every possible angle of thought in regards to my two cases. A red light camera ticket was dismissed and on another occasion, I hired him to fight a big issue. He was prepared to pull a jury and go to trial. He had stacks of evidence to present on my favor. The outcome came down to his persistence over that of the prosecuted, which resulted in my desired results in the case. In my situation I am very happy with his work on my behalf.
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Posted by Diana | January 24, 2013
Charged with a DUI and found not guilty
Jackson does a remarkable job in the research and reviewing the reports to find what he can use at trial to win the case. He is phenomenal at taking the research and case law to use at trial. I was impressed with his strategies, jury picks, and his calmness during the trial. Even when you would expect an attorney to become frustrated, he stayed calm and moved on to his next question and did extremely well. I would definitely use him again. Jackson will have an excellent career.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2012
Careless Driing Ticket dismissed in court
Attorney Jackson Hilliard is very professional and spent time talking to me explaining the details and my options very clearly. He always responded to my calls in less than an hour. He has been very helpful and knowledgeable in guiding me through the process. He represented me in the court and got the ticket dismissed, without me attending the court. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Brandon | November 18, 2011
Best traffic lawyer ever!
Jackson hilliard represented me on a traffic ticket. He was a great lawyer who got my fines reduced to community service which saved me a lot of money. He knew the right times to speak and knew exactly what to say. i would refer him to anyone who needed a good attorney. i would also use him again. Jackson did an outstanding job in the court room. I was truly impressed and very thankful.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Hilliard Law, P.L.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office 6th Judicial Circuit
  • 2007 - 2011


  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD Juris Doctorate
  • 2006
  • Stetson University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2006
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.
  • Reduced
  • DUI
  • Reduced
  • DUI
  • Reduced.
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  • Federal Bar Association (Middle District of Florida)
  • 2014 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer
  • The Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Harvard DUI Defense Summer Session Participant
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award - DUI
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Completion - NHTSA SFST Course
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration SFST Instructor
  • 2013
  • Harvard DUI Defense Summer Session Participant
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • Harvard DUI Defense Summer Session Participant
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2012
  • Leadership Award
  • Stetson College of Law
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Misdemeanor Meeting
  • Calling Expert Witnesses
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (19)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hilliard is the "go-to" attorney when it comes to DUI issues. A lot of attorneys will say they take DUI cases and many will do an adequate job on simple cases but Mr. Hilliard knows the law inside and out and knows what to do when there are issues outside the average case. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jackson shows a lot of enthusiasm about the law and his practice. I have also attended a DUI symposium with Jackson and he displayed a wealth of knowledge at that meeting. I would recommend him to others."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jackson is a personable and hardworking lawyer who fights for his clients' rights. I would not hesitate to refer cases to Jackson."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jackson knows a lot about field sobriety testing and fighting DUI/DWI. His knowledge and fighter attitude create great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hilliard is very dedicated and compassionate towards his clients; he always seeks what is in their best interests. For a caring and approachable attorney, contact Jackson."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Jackson at Harvard Law School, where we were attending the National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, and learning from the best DUI lawyers and forensic experts in the world. He is an excellent lawyer, and has shown his commitment to the aggressive defense of citizens charged with DUI by his active role in the National College. I recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Hilliard for many years and I do not know a better lawyer. He is a fighter. He is compassionate. Juries love him. He dedicates himself to every case. No matter what the scope of your problem, Mr. Hilliard is the best attorney to handle it."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jackson and I not only went through law school together, he and I worked opposite each other for many years in the criminal court system. Jackson zealously represents his clients and has obtained many favorable outcomes for them. Jackson always maintains his professionalism while fighting for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Jackson since law school and not only is he a genuinely nice person he is a dedicated and compassionate attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hilliard is passionate about defending DUIs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jackson is one of the finest attorneys I know. His dedication to his clients, coupled with his legal knowledge, makes him one of the best lawyers in his community. Jackson's courtroom abilities are unprecedented, and unsurpassed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jackson is a dedicated lawyer who fights hard for his clients. I've worked with him several times in the past and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney."
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