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Timothy Graf Hessinger

Domestic violence Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

5.0   16 reviews

also known as Tampa and St. Petersburg Criminal Defense


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About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Domestic violence
    30%

  2. Criminal defense
    19%
    Violations of probation, Warrants, Drug charges, Trafficking, Grow operations, Drug Court, PTI, MIP, Fraud, Sexual Battery, Internet Crimes, Battery, Robbery, and Burglary

  3. DUI and DWI
    18%
    DUI Manslaughter, Felony DUI, Misdemeanor DUI, DWLSR, Reckless Driving, Fleeing and Eluding.

  4. Child abuse
    14%

  5. White collar crime
    14%
    Grant theft, Fraud, Exploitation

  6. Sex crime
    5%

Tim Hessinger is an experienced St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa criminal defense attorney with 30 years of criminal law experience, 15 of which were as a prosecuting attorney. If you are charged with a serious charge then you need a serious criminal defense lawyer that knows how to obtain the best results for his clients.  Our firm is dedicated to criminal defense - don’t hesitate a moment to contact us. We offer a free case evaluation – take advantage today!

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Licensed for 32 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1990
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Timothy

The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger
540 4th St N
Saint Petersburg, FL, 337012302

Reviews

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Posted by Jackie | July 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further Tim Hessinger is the Best!
Never thought we would be in a situation needing a attorney for our son who was arrested for major drug crime and looking at serious jail charges. Our son has never been in trouble before and made a stupid mistake. Attorney Tim Hessinger never judged him and was caring and tough at the same time. Any questions we had attorney Hessinger was available for us. We were scared to death, Attorney Tim Hessinger made it as comfortable for us to get through it. With Attorney Tim Hessinger representing us, our son got a new start. Attorney Tim Hessinger did what I never thought possible. We would definitely call him again if ever needed.
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Posted by Liz | February 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Experienced Attorney!
I was facing felony charges and a health career ending situation. I have never been in trouble or even understood what happened. I contact Mr. Hessinger and appreciated his quick response, calm demeanor, candid advice. As we collaborated on the case, it became clear that I had made the right choice for legal representation. I am extremely pleased and thankful with the outcome and highly recommend Mr. Hessinger for anyone facing a challenging legal situation. All charges were dropped and I retained my employment. Trust you are in good hands with the perfect advocate!
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Posted by Shawn | October 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Put your fears to rest, if he takes the case, he makes the case
I cannot recommend The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger enough. I know it sounds like the same old spiel, but by the grace of God, Mr. Hessinger got a huge chunk of my life back. I was facing 15 years and had nothing with which to bargain. Mr. Hessinger made a few suggestions and did as much behind the scenes negotiating and work as he could and I walked away with a short stint in probation after multiple prior offenses. I'm a regular guy, I just made dumb choices with "friends" and Tim got me a third chance and was always available when I reached out to him. I have heartfelt gratitude for all the hard work put forth by this firm and would suggest anyone second guessing themselves or this group to have faith in them as I trusted them with my life and they exceeded my expectations.
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Posted by Mike | April 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Support
Attorney Hessinger did an excellent job representing my son during a recent issue while operating a unregistered vehicle in Florida. My son was in the process of registering a newly purchased vehicle but could not register with the DMV due to COVID-19 restrictions. In any event, Attorney Hessinger provided sufficient evidence that resulted in the charges being dismissed in Court. Thank you again, Attorney Hessinger
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Posted by Thomas | August 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best money I have ever spent
I was facing Felony assault charges and had never been arrested and didn’t know what I should do.. The best thing I did was hire Mr. Hessinger !! His experience working as a prosecutor in the court, where my case was being handled, was a big factor in my decision to hire Mr. Hessinger. He resolved my case without me ever having to go to court and got my charges dropped. He saved not only my life but my family’s as well!! Thanks you Mr. Hessinger!
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Posted by Bill | June 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
outstanding Lawyer
even though the defense had to change the day of the hearing the result was fantastic and the fee was the original agreed upon amount.
Posted by Vivianna | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney, amazing results!
From the first day Tim signed on to represent my husband in a very serious case, Tim has kept us involved in every aspect of the case. He was referred to us by a friend who also hired him as well a few years ago. Tim was always available either by text, call, and email; he always promptly answered our questions as to anything pertaining to our case. He was honest about the outcome and we knew that with every document he asked us to get, the truth would come out. He worked diligently to prove my husband was innocent. The outcome was what Tim was positive would occur and no charges were ever brought up against my husband. We are so grateful beyond words as to hiring such a dedicated attorney who always had our back.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and Responsive
Tim has so far done an amazing job and has made me feel safe and listened attentively. Made me feel we will win this case and my life will move on.
Posted by Diane Ciotola | September 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Mr. Hessinger
Mr. Hessinger represented my son in a recent court case. He was professional, patient, knowledgeable, kind, helpful, and compassionate. His level of expertise in his field was was above anything I could have imagined. Mr Hessinger was always available to answer any questions either myself or my son had. His staff are professional, and compassionate they always made me feel confident in there ability to help. This is in my opinion overall an excellent law practice.
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Posted by Robert | May 22, 2015
Best Lawyer in Tampa Bay Area
My life changed in one day, It changed from being ab normal working guy into finding myself needing a lawyer, I called several high profile lawyers, you know, the ones on the bill boards and radio, and I told them what happened in my life and why I needed a lawyer ASAP. The next following days all of the Big Firms returned my phone call and informed me they would not handle my case. They only wanted something they could win and make big money on, not a difficult case such as mine. They wanted no part of it and sent me on my way. If I could not find a good lawyer, I would be faced with the possibility of losing my job, my retirement and even worse possibly 5 yrs in prison. I never imagined I would be in such a position in my life and had no idea how to find an attorney that would be able to explain, defend , and fight for me. I Searched the Internet looking for a lawyer, and was very fortunate to see Mr Hessinger 's information . I called his office, received a return call and met him in his office. The following day Mr. Hessinger contacted me and stated he would represent me. Mr Hessinger stood by me from start to finish I never got a break from the courts, but Tim Hessinger never quit. Never . He did more then I could ever ask from anyone, Tim Hessinger has an impeccable back ground in law with years of experience and it was demonstrated many times during the case in which he represented me. He is truly a great person who is fair and honest with his clients and relentless in his pursuit of representing his clients. Tim Hessinger saved me from an unjust situation, protected my rights, and worked diligently to protect me from a horrifying situation, bringing it to a positive resolution. Although I will never forget the experience of being in the position I found myself in, I also will never forget how Mr. Hessinger worked until it had solid footing into a positive outcome. Tim Hessinger showed me without a shadow of a doubt that he is the best lawyer in Tampa Bay
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Posted by Anthony | October 14, 2014
Highly HIGHLY Recommend Mr. Hessinger for your legal needs 5 STARs...
Breathe of Fresh Air to find a Top Notch Lawyer who is honest - straight forward - stays in budget - does what he says he is going to do - and doesn't keep you guessing. If your in need of a EXCELLENT Lawyer to treat your case/issue with respect and your best interest first in line then contact Mr. Hessinger - I could not be any happier with the handling of my legal issues. Overall rating 5 STARs-Excellent!!!!
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Posted by Weston | May 21, 2014
Talented and Experienced Defense Attorney
I've worked with and known Tim as an attorney for 20 years. I believe he is one of the finest defense attorneys in the Tampa Bay area and would recommend him to any one in need.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2014
Timothy Hessinger
Timothy Hessinger is very professional. along with his staff at the office, if he wasn't available they are always helpful and willing to get you what you need no matter if they had to make calls,emails, faxes, etc.. Tim kept me in the loop about my case and when certain things needed to be handled ever step of the way. He gave me all the possibilities and was always positive from the start. He met every single goal that we had set. I have 5 felony drug charges pending against me. Tim, along with his knowledge and resources was able to get me into a Pre Trial Intervention program which when complete my charges will be dismissed. During the process of my court appearances; Tim is always there standing by me, making me feel comfortable and at peace. He also makes it possible for me to be in and out fast ( I am usually one of the first ones out of there). Tim is definitely one of the attorneys that gets paid for what he does, he earns every dollar. Took care of things in timely manner and never slacked. I could not have asked for better legal representation.
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Posted by Jim | October 19, 2013
Best attorney in Tampa Bay!!
The service and results I received with from Tim Hessinger far surpassed my expectations. He had my issues resolved in 1 day. No Charges were ever filed.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2012
Hessinger & Kilfin
Hessinger & Kilfin were very professional. Upon meeting them, we set certain goals to achieve and if met, it would be considered a successful resolution. They met every one of the goals we set. They continued to work with me after the case was settled to help navigate the bureaucracy of the department of corrections. I would highly recommend them.
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Posted by David | April 10, 2012
Best decision I ever made.
Handled a very complicated felony case for me that resulted in all charges being dropped.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Timothy Hessinger
  • 2005 - Present
  • Major Crime - Special Prosecution Unit
  • State Attorneys Office
  • 1997 - 2005
  • Felony ASA
  • State Attorneys Office
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Misdemeanor Lead Trial Attorney
  • State Attorneys Office
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Misdemeanor ASA
  • State Attorneys Office
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Major Crimes Special Prosecution
  • Pinellas County State Attorneys Office
  • 1990 - 2005
  • Notes Editor
  • Law Review: Stetson Law Review
  • 1987 - 1990
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD
  • 1990
  • Furman University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987
  • Kansai Gai Dai University, Osaka Japan
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • State v. A.H
  • All charges dismissed
  • State v. TF
  • Charges dropped

Associations

  • Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2010 - Present
  • U.S. Dictrict Court Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Florida
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Pennela County Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member and Former President
  • N/A
  • Florida Sex Crimes Network
  • Chairman
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Florida Sex Crimes Network
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2005
  • Pinellas County State Attorney's Office
  • Member
  • 1990 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale.com and Lawyers.com
  • 2013
  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • State Attorney's Office
  • 2004

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Prosecution Clinic
  • Child Abuse & Homicide
  • 2005
  • Police Accademy
  • Police Academy Instructor: Court Structure, Court Rules, Trial Procedure, Drugs & Controlled Substances, Privileged Communications & Kidnapping
  • 2005
  • Prosecution Clinic
  • Child abuse and Homicide
  • 2004
  • Prosecution Clinic
  • Child Abuse & Homicide
  • 2003
  • Stetson Univ. College of Law
  • Child Abuse & Homicide
  • 2002
  • F.P.A.A.
  • False Confessions & the Experts
  • 2002
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Sexually Violent Predators
  • 2000
  • Sex Crimes Intelligence Group
  • Child Abuse Standards in Discipline Cases
  • 2000
  • Police Accademy
  • Police Academy Instructor: Court Structure, Court Rules, Trial Procedure, Drugs & Controlled Substances, Privileged Communications & Kidnapping
  • 1998
  • Florida Civil Commitment
  • Civil Commitment of the Sexually Violent Predator
  • 1998
  • Accademy Instructor
  • Police Academy Instructor: Court Structure, Court Rules, Trial Procedure, Drugs & Controlled Substances, Privileged Communications & Kidnapping
  • 1997
  • St. Petersburg Junior College
  • Police Academy Instructor: Court Structure, Court Rules, Trial Procedure, Drugs & Controlled Substances, Privileged Communications & Kidnapping
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (20)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Experience matters, and being a former prosecutor, Tim brings a wealth of experience and understanding to the table in analyzing, defending and resolving criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Timothy. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. tim hessinger is a passionate advocate and is extremely effective in protecting his clients' interests. he has a great reputation among prosecutors, defense attorneys and the local judiciary. i wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to members of my own family."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very fine lawyer that is attentive to client's needs and an aggressive advocate with the knowledge and experience necessary for complex and difficult cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hessinger is a top flight criminal attorney who is well regarded by the professionals in this community and loved by his client."
Unknown Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim Hessinger is an excellent attorney, and I would not hesitate to recommend him for any case. He has the reputation, knowledge, and skill to obtain the best possible results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tim for many years and have observed Tim's performance on many criminal cases. Tim always provides excellent representation to his clients and always obtains outstanding results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known Tim since we were prosecutors together I know him to be a meticulous and effective attorney. I endorse Tim Hessinger without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Tim is a very intelligent, highly skilled criminal defense attorney with a vast amount of experience, both from the prosecution side and from the defense side of the litigation. I had the pleasure of supervising him when he was at the State Attorney's Office and now refer to him for clients that have the need for an excellent criminal defense who will fight aggressively for their rights. He is very well respected in the legal community, as well for his integrity and legal knowledge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tim Hessinger is a brilliant attorney with a long and distinguished career. He has a great comprehension of the law is always approaches his cases with a strategy that guarantees the best possible outcome. I would always recommend Mr. Hessinger as a great defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Hessinger for several years and have always found him to be an aggressive advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hessinger is a well respected part of the criminal defense community. I trust his opinion on many legal issues and would endorse his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I cannot think of a better criminal defense lawyer in the Tampa Bay area to trust with your case. Mr. Hessinger's extensive experience as a state attorney brings him head and shoulders above the competition. I endorse this attorney."
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