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Daniel Scott Hartpence

DUI and DWI Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

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also known as Danny Hartpence


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Danny Hartpence was born and raised in Fayetteville, Georgia. As the son of a Chiropractor and Teacher, he was instilled with the drive and motivation necessary to succeed and excel. He went to Starr’s Mill High School, then on to Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida. At Eckerd, Danny played baseball and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Classic History.

 
While attending college at Eckerd, Danny fell in love with the Tampa Bay Area and decided to attend Law School at Stetson University College of Law. While there, he was a member of several organizations, including the Board of Governors for the Young Lawyers Division - Student Division, and was awarded multiple scholarships and honors for his work at Stetson. After his first year of law school, Danny attended the Intellectual Property Summer Institute at Franklin Pierce Law School (now University of New Hampshire), where he underwent intensive Intellectual Property studies. After his second year of law school, Danny was selected to be a law clerk for Brannock & Humphries in Tampa. At Brannock & Humphries, he learned how complex and important appellate work is and how to effectively write briefs and research appellate issues. During his final year at Stetson, he served as a Certified Legal Intern with the State Attorney’s Office for the 13th Judicial Circuit, in Hillsborough County. 
 
After graduation Danny accepted a position with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office. As an Assistant State Attorney, Danny handled over 1000 cases and tried over 100 cases ranging from 1st degree felonies, punishable by life, to 2nd degree misdemeanors. He served in county, traffic, juvenile, and felony courts. Danny has written multiple appeals and successfully argued numerous motions. The experience Danny gained at the State Attorney’s Office allows him to understand what the prosecution is thinking and has molded him into a skilled trial attorney.
 
After his time at the State Attorney’s Office, Danny accepted a position at Pearlman & Clark, P.A., where he is fully committed to the firm’s belief in serving their clients to the best their ability. It is Danny’s, and the firm’s, belief that clients should be kept informed every step of the way throughout the stressful situation of a criminal or civil case and to make sure that the client’s interests are always a priority.

 

Licensed for 10 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Clark Law
10812 Gandy Blvd. N
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33702

Reviews

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Posted by Justin | March 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Patience is the key
No matter what was happening in the court room, Mr. Hartpence acts quickly on his feet to control situations very effectively and efficiently. A complete badass and It is important to feel a connection and understand what your lawyer is telling you, Mr. Daniel Hartpence is a straight-shooter, one man who won’t just be a lawyer someone who won’t sugar coat around what he perceives on this situation. Thank you for always showing excellent treatment while working with me. Making things feel like it is your priority to make this happen.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2018
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About Danny
Danny was excellent in talking about the case in a very detailed manner. He is very helpful, professional & great at what he does.
Posted by Christian | June 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient, Professional and Victorious
These are words that best describe Danny. As soon as we started my case, his intelligence about criminal defense is second to none. He always made me confident about my case and in the end, he got my charges dropped! He is great in communicating throughout the entire process, getting back to you within minutes. I would definitely recommend Danny or anyone in the Clark Law group!
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Posted by Larry | September 4, 2017
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Criminal defense
I first would like to give thanks to the Lord for putting Daniel in postion to help me. I thank him for all his hard work. He was very informative. He keep me informed step by step all the way. He's very professional. But down to earth. Very confident with his judgment. He was a blessing to me and my family. Thank you Daniel God bless you!!!
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Posted by Irina P | July 12, 2017
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My hero!!!
Daniel Hartpence is a GREAT lawyer! I am 29 yo, all by myself, no family, and recently got a second DUI charge as well as possesion of illegal substance. I don't want to bother you with details. But as of today i have driver's license, my car, with no devices, possesion of illegal substance charge which is considered as a fellong Dropped! So if you are willing to hire a lawyer and pay your money, please cal Daniel. Don't just waste your money. I wish all the best to him and his great team!!! And all the best to you my frienda who got in trouble and are currently going through hard times. Peace and love ❤️
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Posted by Melissa | June 19, 2017
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Received the best outcome with great personal service
Mr. Hartpence was always available when I needed to talk to him or just needed reassurance in my case. I was facing jail time and he was able to get the charges reduced and with zero jail time. I received the best outcome of my case without going to trial. I highly recommend him as his personal service and knowledge of the law is impeccable and his fees were extremely fair. I was extremely happy with my decision to hire him and he fought hard for my case and for me personally. You will be jumping for joy with this Attorney as I did.
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Posted by Brian F. | May 19, 2017
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You're a fool to use anyone else in Tampa/St. Pete
Daniel was one of those lawyers that assures you everything will be ok from the initial consultation, which made me slightly hesitant to hire him. With that being said; this is a lawyer that goes above and beyond to gather all evidence, disprove any allegation that can't be fully vetted, and keeps you in the loop throughout the entire process. I've, unfortunately, had to hire several lawyers in my past and none of them stack up to Daniel. This guy is worth every single penny, and is the reason I kept my license, paid minimal fees, and avoided lengthy out-of-state probation after my DUI. YOU'RE FOOLISH TO HIRE ANY OTHER DUI LAWYER!!
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Posted by Jon | May 1, 2017
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Professional and Diligent
As a recent transplant from North Carolina, I've found that Clark Law could accommodate all of my legal service needs. Whether personal or business, they were always very diligent. My personal interaction with Mr. Hartpence has been second to none. I highly recommend them to anyone.
Posted by Jason | February 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Over The Top 110%!!!
Hello Everyone, My Name Is Jason, and I wanted to go ahead and get on-line here, and give Mr. Daniel Hartpence here an EXCELLENT review because well HONESTLY he earned it. Now here a couple months ago I found myself in the position were I was going to need a lawyer. (Hopefully this never happens to you, however it did for me.) So I was living in the Tampa Bay area at the time, and I wound up with a Personal Injury case. Now mind you I have never been familiar with what to do in a situation like this nor was my case very big and therefore there probably wasn't very much in it for him. Truth be told I was really feeling very apprehensive about the the whole ordeal. So I did what everyone else does when they don't know how/what to do or deal with something, you ask "Google" right!?! Now in doing so this pulled up many lawyers in my area who were "More than qualified" for my case. But nevertheless I called probably about 10 or so attorney's before I actually got a response back. It was Daniel. He was very professional, and prompt with his response. I liked that, it made me feel as if my issues were important to him. Now Mr. Hartpence was like a Pit-bull on my case from that very moment forward. One of the first things he asked me was: "So, are you OK?" "Now that little phrase, this set me on him. I know its just a sentence, but you'd be surprised on how many attorney's don't care." So after asking me what happened and listening to my case he proceeded on by helping me Step-by-Step through everything!!! "From Start to Finish!!!" He told me how to deal with, and what to do with my evidence, who I should speak with, and who not to. All the way up to what "was" or "wasn't" possible for my case. He was VERY knowledgeable and available throughout this whole process. On top of that he did all of this Pro-Bono no upfront cost and took payment last. This guy is one of the few Attorney's out there that I believe is in the business truly "FOR the people." And that my friends is how he made me feel like I was "His #1 client!" So just to close this out, we did settle and recover, but I couldn't have done it with out Mr. Daniel Hartpence. OH YEAH!! DON'T FORGET --- "WHEN IN A PINCH, THINK HARTPENCE!!!" Thanks You So Much!!! Your Previous, and If Necessary, Future Client, Jason
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Posted by Destiny | December 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
Danny was the first attorney I called on my list after being pulled over for a DUI. I didn't even bother contacting anyone else because in a 5 minute conversation he had made me feel confidant that he would have the situation handled. Every step of the process he kept me informed and got my DUI down to a reckless. I am so appreciative of the work he has done and I will not trust any other attorney to handle my legal issues. Phenomenal job, made me feel comfortable and unashamed in such a stressful situation. Also, affordable. I know this was an issue for many others I met along the way who were charged an insane amount and didn't get the verdict they were hoping for. Can't thank Daniel Hartpence enough!
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Posted by Tanya | May 31, 2016
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Afraid and Bullied by police officers!
My car evidently made minor brushing contact with another car one night in the midst of slow, bumper to bumper, heavy traffic during a fireworks display directly above us. Unaware of vehicle contact, I proceeded to drive home at a normal pace when I received a strange phone call from an alleged police officer saying that I was involved in an accident. I was confused and surprised, so I quickly pulled over to a street light and checked my car and saw no damage (albeit it was night and dark out), and I continued to drive home, as I was almost to my house anyway. The officer told me to come back to the scene or they would charge me with a hit and run felony. They said if I drove back to meet the police, that they would not move forward with the felony. You want to talk about a lady being scared! I called Danny Hartpence immediately and he gave me specific instructions NOT to go back, but to stay at home. It was a trap to try to get me on DUI charges, as the officer assumed I had something or other to drink that night. The next thing I knew, someone was ringing my doorbell! I was alone at home at night and very scared after several bullying and threatening phone calls by 2 different officers, but Danny told me not to answer the door. It was a Cop! Geez, they are relentless! Over a little bit of paint missing on my bumper that I didn't even feel, probably because of all of the explosions from the fireworks going on at the same time that this allegedly happened! No one was hurt, it was a minor misunderstanding. After looking at my car inside of my well-lit garage once I was home, I saw what appeared to be a 2-3 inch brush of dark paint missing on my corner bumper, but no dents. The bumper was black under my dark green paint, so that must have been why I didn’t see it when I pulled over. For all I know, someone else made contact with my car while driving along gazing at the fireworks above our heads. But I had no proof at that point. Not only did I avoid any chance of a DUI by listening to Danny's advice and not driving back to the fireworks location or answering my door when a cop showed up, BUT the original charge of "Leaving the Scene of an Accident" was reduced down to a fine for "License not Carried or Exhibited", with a $116 fine that was comparable to a parking ticket, for the entire incident. Danny went to court for me and I ended up with No points, No criminal charges and merely a small fine. I didn't even have to show up for the one pretrial hearing where the whole thing was settled and finalized. I had a clean record without a blemish, which helped a lot I’m sure. The police knew that when they did their background check before they even called my cell phone. They saw the opportunity to use scare tactics, and believe me, they tried. I am a law abiding 50 year old woman, and a single mom of a 10 year old child. I started my own business, working hard every day to live a respectful and upstanding lifestyle. I now know that police officers are out to bring you down, ruin your life, and create a catastrophe out of a minor mishap. I can’t believe the lengths they went to, to bust me for something so minor! They will lie to you, scare you, tell you that you are being charged with a felony, and do whatever they can to mislead you so they can get a DUI out of it. Even if you only had a few glasses of wine over dinner. The Police don't have to tell you the truth, as it turns out. They are allowed to lie to you and say anything they want in order to get an arrest. Be careful! The cops are not out to help, protect and serve. They are out to "police you", and arrest you. Danny Hartpence gave me solid advice over the phone that saved me. He assured me that he would not let the police bully me and that he would get all charges reduced down. He did exactly that and the whole thing evolved exactly the way he said it would. Danny’s number is in my phone, and it’s the only number I will call if I ever need help again! Thank you Danny!
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Posted by Melanie | April 18, 2016
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Hired as My Attorney for a Violation of a DVI
Excellent service. I made contact with Danny as a prospect attorney at first but he was responsive and knowledgeable of the law. When I decided to retain him, he was empathetic and compassionate to my personal legal issue and respected I was a teacher. He did what he said and delivered a favorable outcome for me. High class and good service. Definitely would recommenced this lawyer for hire!!!!
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Posted by Diane | March 11, 2016
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Great Experience
We interviewed two attorneys and although it was a difficult decision as the charges were very serious we chose Mr. Hartpence. He was confident, informative and responsive throughout the process. We were more than pleased with the outcome of the case and that we had chosen him as our attorney.
Posted by Chris | January 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Speeding ticket
Daniel met with me and heard my story. This was a case where it was my word against the police officer. He didn't guarantee me anything but his hard work on the case. He took the case to court for me and worked with the court to get my speeding ticket dismissed. For myself, that had not gone through a court proceedings like this before, he made me feel comfortable and confident. He worked with me on this and not just for me. I couldn't be more happy with the outcome that he secured for me and will use him again if I ever need his services again. You want a lawyer that will work with you on a personal level that is willing to do anything to help you out but to be up front with you and give you the reality of the situation you are in. Daniel did that for me.
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Posted by jessie | December 17, 2015
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7 felonies no record thanks to Danny
First time being arrested, not even a traffic ticket, and I racked up 7 felony charges. I was positive that my life was over 6 years of school down the drain until I met Danny and he got me the best possible outcome ever now I am walking away with no felonies on my record thanks to Daniels hard work and unbeatable skills. If it wasn't for Daniel I would be spending probably a year in jail with nothing to look forward to when getting out. not only did he work with me financially he also was there for me whenever I needed to talk even if it was to just calm me down and reassure me that everything would be ok. Daniel was truly a blessing from God and I know that he can help anyone to get the best possible outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2015
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Help when I needed it.
I am so grateful for the work put forth by Danny, Brian and the other lawyers who worked on my case at Pearlman & Clark. I'm a recent graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and I currently ride a scooter because of the convenience of everything being nearby. On July 3rd (2015), a driver cut through 3 lanes of traffic to cut me off on a major roadway which resulted in me being thrown off the scooter at 40 MPH and lead to a broken right arm and a busted chin that required stitches. Fortunately, I was wearing a helmet which more than likely saved my life. Following this incident, I was slammed with a $3000 emergency room visit followed by a lien against me from SHANDS hospital which they sent out less than 2 weeks after my accident. I also required 4 follow-up visits for my right arm that totaled over $1000 which put me into significant debt - on top of all the other life stressors going on in my life. Needless to say, the entire ordeal took a lot out of me mentally and emotionally. My mom worked with this firm previously and they were able to do great work for her so she recommended me to Danny which lead to my case. From the beginning, Danny was professional, courteous and showed genuine concern for my injury. Even when I was snappy or difficult to talk to (I'm not a huge fan of lawyers in general), Danny was helpful and informative. He was very open with me about what he planned to do for me and what steps needed to take place to reach a settlement. Once I healed and received all the medical bills for my injury, I was able to hand those over to the law firm and they took complete charge from that point on. I sent my final bills on Oct. 8th and I received my settlement check less than a month later on Nov. 5th. They were able to settle my case at the maximum on the offender's insurance policy which was awesome. They were also able to negotiate my medical bills from over $4000 to only $2750, which gave me more money back in my settlement, even more awesome. Even after my case was closed, Danny and Brian were 100% responsive when I received a letter asking for collection of the medical bills that we had just negotiated and were planning to pay. It was truly refreshing to have someone looking out for my interests when I felt like a stick in the mud that every bureaucratic system and institution kept stepping on without the slightest care. Now I have a great deal of money saved up for a car and I intend to be off my scooter by the end of the year! I can't wait to buy my new car but it wouldn't be possible without Danny's help and the help from this law firm. I absolutely recommend this guy if you have a serious personal injury case or anything in that realm. Thanks a million Danny and I wish you and your firm the best of luck with your future endeavors. -Kind regards, JH
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Posted by Donna | September 10, 2015
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Daniel Hartpence
I hired Mr Hartpence to represent my daughter. During the entire process Daniel kept me posted at all time as to what was going on with the case. I not only found an attorney with experience and knowledge, I found one with compassion. My oldest daughter met with Daniel first and even though she lives out of state he always kept her informed also. Daniel even prepared my daughters and myself for the worst outcome in case it came to that. Daniel make himself available from early morning to very late each day and when ever I had to call him if I got his voice mail he returned my call with in the hour if not sooner. I feel as thought I have found MY attorney, and will contact Daniel Hartpence if i ever need legal advise again.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2015
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Awesome lawyer who really cares
I was fortunate enough to have Daniel take my case at a time when I wasn't sure where to go next. He reassured me and helped me realize that the situation wasn't as bad as I expected. He handled my case and got the charges dropped with only minimal effort and involvement on my part..at a fair rate at that
Posted by Fam Rivera | August 31, 2015
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Great Attorney, great disposition!
Attorney Hartpence was a Godsent to us. He is very knowledgeable, professional, and reachable. In my husband's case we needed to call over the weekend and he made himself available and gave us the assistance we needed. We certainly recommend him.
Posted by Mike | August 13, 2015
Danny Hartpence to the rescue!
Danny was responsive and caring, helping our son navigate the frightening criminal justice system. His expertise helped ensure our son received counseling as opposed to a year in jail. He'll now have the ability to go to college, receive financial aid and continue with his life, putting this incident that would've been much worse had it not been for Danny Hartpence. I enthusiastically recommend him.
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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

  • Associate Attorney
  • Clark Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate
  • Pearlman & Clark, P.A.
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office 13th Judicial Circuit
  • 2012 - 2015

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Eckerd College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2008

Associations

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Distinguished Lawyer
  • Expert Network
  • 2017
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (29)
Endorse Daniel
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor I have dealt with Mr. Hartpence on many occasions. He is a great advocate for his clients and a very hard worker. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked at the State Attorney's Office with Mr. Hartpence and I've seen him in action on several occasions. Mr. Hartpence is a hard-working, dedicated, intelligent attorney who works tirelessly for his clients to get the best results possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hartpence is a tremendous advocate for his clients, and he fights tirelessly for everyone of them. Mr. Hartpence's advocacy, skills, and intelligence has led to him having a great reputation in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Hartpence was a formidable, yet professional opponent. I would not hesitate to send him a client in need."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I interned for Mr. Hartpence when he worked as an Assistant State Attorney. I know first hand how knowledgeable Mr. Hartpence is when it comes to criminal law. He was a stellar prosecutor, and has transitioned into an even better criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Danny and I worked together at the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office where he successfully prosecuted countless jury and non-jury trials. Danny is a smart, passionate, and highly skilled advocate you can trust to represent you. I recommend Danny without hesitation!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Hartpence while we were both assistant state attorneys. I always found him to be an effective, ethical and hard-working attorney. I would recommend him for any criminal defense matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have witnessed Mr. Hartpence in trial on a number of occasions. He is competent, prepared, ethical, and effective. I would trust Danny with any of my personal legal matters. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've worked with and against Mr. Hartpence. He is always prepared and couragous in the courtroom. A great lawyer; one that I'd certainly trust."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Danny has the skills and knowledge necessary to handle any criminal matter. He works hard to get great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Daniel Hartpence is one of the hardest working and capable attorneys I have ever had the privilege of working with or against. His background as an Assistant Hillsborough State Attorney makes him exceptionally skilled at negotiating and defending cases, and goes above and beyond for his clients. I can't recommend any attorney more highly than Mr. Hartpence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hartpence is an excellent attorney. You can certainly trust him to handle your case with the utmost care and professional approach."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Daniel is a hardworking and intelligent attorney. He is very skilled in the courtroom and I highly recommend him as a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Saint Petersburg DUI and DWI Lawyer Daniel Scott Hartpence
Daniel Scott Hartpence
DUI and DWI Attorney
Saint Petersburg, FL
Licensed for 10 years
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