Attorney Timothy Sullivan has a wide-range of practical experience in the defense of criminal cases. His background includes a focus on the specialized and unique training law enforcement relies upon in making a DUI arrest.
Subsequent to graduating from law school, Tim was sworn in as a Pinellas County Assistant State Attorney. As a prosecutor, Tim learned street-level DUI enforcement tactics from the inside. He quickly rose through the ranks in the State Attorney’s office and was selected to run the North County Traffic court division. Tim was promoted to “Lead Trial Assistant” and supervised other Assistant State Attorneys in their prosecution of DUI cases.
Tim has invaluable insight into the strategies often employed by both police officers and prosecutors. He completed the same specialized DUI education and training that law enforcement officers attend. Tim became certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 8000. However, his training did not end there. He went on to achieve state inspector certification necessary to review the maintenance and calibration of breath testing machines before they can become legally employed by a police department to gather evidence in DUI cases.
Tim received a scholarship from the University of North Florida to attend the “DUI Drug Recognition Expert Program.” There, he studied alongside DUI Squad Officers in the complex area of Drug-Impaired Driver detection.
Tim’s focus and concentration in the area of DUI and criminal law did not go unnoticed in the legal community. Tim began training prosecutors at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center. Later, Tim was called upon to serve as an Adjunct Professor at Tallahassee Community College. In that capacity, he taught prosecutors from across the State on how to most effectively prosecute DUI cases.
As a DUI Defense attorney, Tim has handled hundreds of DUI offenses. In this regard, Tim has successfully litigated Motions to Suppress his clients' breath and blood tests. He has also successfully argued to have his client's field sobriety tests excluded from evidence. Tim has also successfully sought acquittals for his clients in jury trials.
Tim and his wife reside in Dunedin, Florida with their daughter.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2008||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star in DUI Defense||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|Top 10 Under 40||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|"Up and Comer" nominee||Tampa Bay Business Journal||2012|
|Outstanding Service as an Assistant State Attorney||State of Florida||2011|
|Agency Inspector Permit||Florida Department of Law Enforcement||2009|
|Intoxilyzer 8000 Breath Test Operator Permit||Florida Department of Law Enforcement||2009|
|Law Firm - AV rating||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Criminal Defense Attorney||Russo & Russo, PA||2011 - Present|
|Criminal Defense Attorney||Law Offices of Russo and Russo||2011 - Present|
|Treasurer||Campaign to Re-Elect Judge William Overton||2012 - 2012|
|Juvenile Arbitrator||Sixth Circuit of Florida||2012 - 2014|
|Lead Trial Attorney||State Attorney's Office||2008 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||Russo & Russo, P.A.||2006 - 2007|
|Paralegal/Abstractor||Sayles & Evans, Attorneys at Law||2004 - 2005|
|Paralegal||McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall||2001 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|DUI Defense Lawyers Association||Attorney Member||2017 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2016 - Present|
|GameChangers - Countryside Christian Center||N/A||2016 - Present|
|Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association||Attorney Member||2015 - Present|
|Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Florida Bar Association||Attorney member||2008 - Present|
|Student Bar Association||Student member||2005 - 2006|
|Pre Law Society - Lycoming College||President||2003 - 2004|
|State v. W.C.||Motion to Suppress granted.|
|State v. H.M.||Case dismissed through the filing of a Nolle Prosequi|
|State v. R.S.||Not Guilty Verdict|
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|Stetson University College of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||2007|
|Lycoming College||Economics||Bachelor of Arts||2004|
|Seminole Community College||N/A||Breath Test Operator--Intoxilyzer 8000||N/A|
|St Petersburg College||N/A||Agency Inspector Course--Intoxilyzer 8000||N/A|
|University of North Florida/Institute of Police Technology and Management||N/A||Drug Recognition Expert Recertification Class||N/A|
|Trial Skills Workshop||Cross Examination||2012|
|Great American Teach In||Being a Criminal Defense Attorney||2012|
|DUI Caselaw Update||DUI||2011|
|Prosecutor's Guide to Appellate Procedure||Appellate Procedure||2010|
|Prosecuting the Drugged Driver||Drug Recognition Expert Testimony||2010|
|Introduction to DUI Prosecution||DUI||2010|
|DUI Trial Advocacy School||Breat testing Instruments||2010|
|Cross Examination of Defense Experts||Trial Advocacy Techniques||2009|