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George Lawrence Sandefer

Criminal defense Attorney at Clearwater, FL

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Larry Sandefer

  • State Years
    Florida - FL 46 years
    Colorado - CO 30 years
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About George

Learn George’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    Over 30 years in criminal law. Former prosecutor, lead trial attorney, and division director. Over 200 jury trials. All felonies and misdemeanors. Homicide, DUI, drug trafficking, possession, sex offenses, internet crimes, consumer fraud, theft, embezzelment, domestic battery, abuse, resisting, record sealing, accusations and warrant cases, diversion and drug program placement, juvenile offenses.

    46 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    DUI and DUI manslaughter. Leaving the scene of an accident with damage or injuries. Motor vehicle hearings and license issues.

    46 years

  3. Domestic violence
    5%

I have been practicing criminal law for over 30 years.  My initial consultation is free.  Please call so that I can let you know how I can help you.

Larry Sandefer has handled well over 5,000 criminal cases. Over 200 of these have resulted in jury trials of from one day to several weeks in length. These trials have included numerous first degree murder cases, multi-jurisdictional drug and homicide conspiracies, drug trafficking, sales and possessions, sexual battery, lewdness and exposure charges, arson, white collar crimes including trade secrets and fraud, robbery, theft, assault and battery, domestic violence, traffic deaths, DUI, resisting arrest, shoplifting, abuse allegations of children and the elderly, embezzlement, insurance fraud, burglary, kidnaping, and many other criminal charges.

 

After over 30 years in criminal law in Florida, Mr. Sandefer is familiar with and has worked very often with the Judges and prosecutors assigned to the criminal and civil courts. He is a former prosecutor of over eight years, with experience as both a Lead Trial Attorney and a Division Director in the State Attorney's Office. In those positions, he not only tried the most serious cases, he also over saw several trial divisions and trial attorneys. He was involved with the investigation and decision making aspects of these charges. As a member of the homicide investigation unit, he was often called out to the scene of homicides.

 

In 1986, Mr. Sandefer opened his own office and has continued in the defense of criminal cases since that time. He was one of the first attorney's in the State of Florida to become Board Certified in criminal trial law, that occurred in 1987. He has maintained that certification continually since that date. This vast background of experience gives him the knowledge of both sides of a criminal case from both a decision making perspective and a trial perspective, and the understanding of what affects those decisions by the prosecution and what goes into those decisions. What this means for you is the knowledge, the experience, and the court room skills to assist you in your defense.

 

Mr. Sandefer has continued his training through continuing education courses involving violent crime, organized crime, defending capital cases in Florida, narcotic investigation techniques, and various advanced education programs by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a graduate of the Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Florida and has attended Masters of DUI Courses of the Florida Bar and the DUI Defender Courses in Las Vegas, Nevada of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

 

Mr. Sandefer has been honored with the national recognition of being named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America. This is a register which lists only the most distinguished law practices, those that signify the highest levels of legal ability and the adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence.

 

Mr. Sandefer has achieved a prestigious rating of AV by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is a result of a peer review system based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and judges. Martindale-Hubbell has been recognized for over a century as the most respected source of authoritative information about members of the legal community. An AV rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest level of skill, integrity, and ethical standards.

Location

George Lawrence Sandefer
4625 East Bay Drive, Suite 203
Clearwater, FL, 33764
George Lawrence Sandefer
8801 9th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33702
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Reviews

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Posted by Hank Dajani | December 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You need Mr. Sandefer in your corner.
Mr. Sandefer not only has the expertise and know-how, but he goes above and beyond what any other Attorney does, to make sure I got the best representation possible. If you need a Criminal Attorney for your case, then you need Larry Sandefer. He’ll tell it to you the way it is; and that is exactly what you need, not sugar-coating, just the facts and information you need to make the decisions you have to make in your case. I highly recommend Mr. Sandefer, and his staff; they are what you need in your corner, when you are faced against the State.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Criminal Attorney
Mr. Sandefer was hired to help our daughter in a drug trafficking case. As you can imagine this was a very stressful and frightening situation. He spoke with me via phone (free consultation) listening to the details, he felt he would be able to help with this case. We hired him, he was very easy to talk to, he keeps you informed every step of the way as to details of the case, he is easy to reach and returns calls promptly. In the end he was able to reduce a mandatory prison sentence to probation. (of course there is mitigating factors) but he did not only help us, our daughter now has a second chance to fix the company she keeps! This was our first time needing an attorney, we could not of gotten anyone better than Mr. Sandefer. If you are facing a similar situation, make the call. You will not be disappointed. He is honest, caring and very direct. We are very grateful to have been able to retain Mr. Sandefer in this situation. We ended up using him again in order to get travel permission for my daughter to come home to visit on holiday. Her probation prevents her from leaving the county she resides. He filed a motion on her behalf before the judge, and was granted permission for her to travel. This would not of been the case had Mr. Sandefer not been present. Thank you, Larry for everything you have done with our daughters case. We truly are blessed to have hired you. You were called to be a lawyer, and you are the best!
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Posted by Don | June 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Genious At Defense!
If you read this review then you are probably in the same boat I was - charged with a felony and bombarded by referral. I chose Mr. Sandefer over all other friends and family referrals due to the fact that Larry knows the Pinellas County Court system inside and out. His experience speaks for itself! Larry took me on and cut through the court system like a surgeon. He filed motions with blazing speed, trickled the Prosecution testimony and evidence when case timing dictated it, and finally won the day for me by getting my felony case dismissed! Larry is a master at Criminal Defense! Not only are his tactics brilliant but he also talked me back from the ledge a few times when I felt things weren't going my way. The only thing I feel bad about with Larry as my attorney is that he didn't charge me more. I feel like I stole his services from him for the price I paid. Your search for a defense attorney should stop right here. Call Larry right now and have the very best defense attorney working for you.
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Posted by David | April 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Top Lawyer
Larry Sandefer is one of the finest attorneys around. He fought millionaires and greed that stole my late father’s property. I trust Larry with my life and hope he will be there at my last days. Thanks Larry, You are the best. My late Father knew that too.
Posted by louis | July 31, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very nice man
He knew within the first few minutes of our conversation that I wouldn't need to retain him but he covered all the bases for me and made sure I was clear on everything.
Posted by Richard | May 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Larry has represented me for several years. His experence,attitude,& williness to help for his clients is amazing. He knows the law better than anyone else who i've spoken with. Be has helped me out more times than we both can probably remember. If you want a great lawyer who will perform miracles when you dont know what to do, Larry Sandefer is the BEST LAWYER EVER
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2016
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Awesome Results!
I was arrested for a petty theft while on vacation visiting my family, I just finished my first year of college with a 4.0 gpa and completed my first internship so as you can imagine I was totally freaking out about having a crime on my previously clean record, especially when I was going to be applying for jobs in a few years. After I went back to my home state, Larry did an awesome job keeping me informed and up to date on all that was going on with my case, he was very clear and helpful and he got me the best result I could have asked for- dropped charges and qualification for expunction! Larry truly knows what he's doing and takes his work seriously. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great criminal defense attorney and awesome results.
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Posted by Andrew | December 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best in the State of Florida
There is truly nobody better at criminal defense. During the worst period of my life, Larry help me tremendously. The reduction in sentencing that he won for me was truly a miracle. I can not thank this man enough for everything that he did and I am forever grateful. Andrew
Posted by Laura | December 6, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Client Laura, Glenn and Spencer Guerette
Our family has retained Larry Sandefer several times. He is extremely professional and we could never thank him enough for all he has done to help us out of some very bad situations. I would recommend him highly to anyone who needs a lawyer. I was also very impressed that he seems to really care about us as a family and returns our calls so quickly. I would never use anyone but Mr. Sandefer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2015
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Domestic Assault Charges
In Pinellas County, a man is going to jail if his spouse or female significant other calls 911. Neither the circumstances nor the facts matter. My daughter-in-law lied about being assaulted to the point that she cut herself and claimed that my son had done it. The problem is that the state attorney is looking to put another notch in his belt. If the man has had previous issues with the law, he is automatically guilty. Larry Sandefer waded through the lies, charges and "guilty until proven innocent" attitude. When we were emotional and distraught with our "justice" system, Larry stayed on course supported by his education, experience in the system as a prosecutor and experience protecting the innocent. My son was eventually released because of Larry's tenacity of showing the prosecutors that they were backing the wrong person. If you are in need of a stand-up guy, I recommend Mr. Sandefer. Good luck.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2012
Couldn't be me more pleased with outcome
I hired Larry after I was arrested for a criminal traffic offense.. He was able to get the charges reduced to a non moving violation. I was looking at 8-12 points on my dl, plus jail time, so to me, this guys the best.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sandefer Law Firm
  • 1991 - Present
  • Chairman of Florida Bar Grievance Committee 6A
  • Florida Bar Assocition
  • 1997 - 2000
  • City Commissioner
  • City of Indian Rocks Beach Florida
  • 1994 - 2000
  • Adjunct Professor
  • St. Petersburg College
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Kimpton, Burke, and White P.A.
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Chairman Florida Bar Grievance Committee 6C
  • Florida Bar Association
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Asistant State Attorney, Lead Trial Attorney, Division Director
  • Office of The State Attorney SixthCircuit of Florida
  • 1978 - 1986
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Auburn University , Auburn
  • Batchelor of Science
  • 1972

Associations

  • Leadership Pinellas
  • Selectee for Leadership in Pinellas County
  • 1997 - 2008
  • Florida Bar
  • Chair, Grievance Committee 6A
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2008
  • City Commissioner City of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
  • City Commissioner
  • 1994 - 2000
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1991 - 2008
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1990 - 2008
  • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1988 - 2008
  • Florida Bar
  • Chair, Grievance Committee 6C
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associaitons
  • 1986 - 2008
  • Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Treasurer
  • 1986 - 2008
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1986 - 2008
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice Before
  • 1982 - 2008
  • United States Eleventh Circuit Court Of Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice Before
  • 1981 - 2008
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - 2008
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Admitted to Practice Before
  • 1978 - 2008
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Magister/President
  • 1977 - 1978
  • University of florida
  • Student Supreme Court Justice
  • 1976 - 1977
  • University of Florida
  • Chief Defense Counsel Honor Court
  • 1976 - 1977
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • President
  • 1971 - 1972
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Honors and Awards

  • Named to Bar Register Premeninent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Recognized bySelection to Florida Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Who's Who In America
  • 1997
  • Named to Leadership Pinellas
  • Leadership Pinellas
  • 1997
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • 1997
  • Board Certified Criminal Trial Law
  • Florida Bar Board of Legal Certification
  • 1986
  • Division Director
  • Office of The State Attorney
  • 1985
  • Lead Trial Attorney
  • Office of The State Attorney
  • 1984
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Speaking Engagements

  • St. Petersburg College
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 1993
  • Pinellas/Pasco Police Academy
  • Search and Seizure
  • 1985
  • University of Florida Law School
  • Jury Trial and general trial practice
  • 1980

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (7)
Endorse George
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Larry for a number of years. He is an excellent advocate for criminal defendants. He is always very pleasant and compassionate towards his clients. I highly recommend Larry."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Larry for a couple of decades. I don't handle criminal defense cases, and I refer every case like this exclusively to Larry. He always does an excellent job. He works hard on every case, is easy to get in touch with, keeps me and the client updated all the time, and has top notch credentials. I wouldn't even consider using anyone else."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known George Sandefer for many years. He is well known within the local legal community as a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer and is well liked by his professional colleagues."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse George. 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. Larry does a great job for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Mr. Sanderfer in action throughout my legal career. I have opposed him as a prosecutor and worked alongside him in private practice. He has a great reputation within the local legal community and is a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former prosecutor and longtime colleague, Larry is very good at what he does. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work, wholeheartedly. I had the pleasure of working on the opposing side of Larry Sandefer while I was a prosecutor. I saw first hand how he handled his cases with me, how prepared he was, and the results he obtained for his clients. Without hesitation, I recommend his services as I know him to be a skilled trial lawyer, an artful speaker, and insightful person. He has my highest respect."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Mr. Sandefer as co-counsel representing client's in serious criminal charges. He is an excellent attorney and I would recomend him to anyone who is facing a criminal prosecution in the State of Florida."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Larry has been a well respected Defense Lawyer in the area for many years and has an excellent reputation within the legal community. Larry is highly motivated to work hard for his clients and he has the knowledge and experience to get the best possible result. Larry is also a genuinely nice guy who his clients like and respect."
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