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Craig A. Epifanio

Criminal defense Attorney at Seminole, FL

4.6   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1997
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About Craig

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Representing people since 1997, I have fought hard for those accused of crimes, traffic cases, and criminal traffic charges.  As the Past-President of the Pinellas Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers, I've been able to deal directly with prosecutors, judges, and fellow attorneys. Being a former public defender who NEVER represented the state but only those accused of crimes, my passion has been to zealously defend clients and give them the personal attention they deserve. In addition to handling all felony, misdemeanor, and DUI cases, our firm does wills, trusts, probate, and personal injury. So, call for a free consult.


In addition to my legal career, my other great love is traveling the world.  It gives one an unparalleled perspective on people.  However, when I am at home, I enjoy riding my motorcycle, a Kawasaki Vulcan.  I often get clients whom I can relate to that are also fellow riders so that experience is invaluable.  I also stay active with sports such as volleyball, kickball, water skiing, and snow skiing.

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Craig Epifanio, PA
10010 Seminole Blvd
Seminole, FL, 33772


4.6 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Tammy | April 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This was my first DUI and I had a VOP by driving on a suspended license. Me Epifanio was able to get the charges against me dismissed and I did not have to face jail time. I would recommend him for anyone who has any legal issue with anything associated with DUI's or VOP.
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Motorcycle speeding ticket
Craig got my husband out of a speeding ticket (I'd rather not say how fast). He has a CDL it would have been so bad for us. Craig is first and foremost a great attorney, knowledgeable and sincere, he does not blow smoke you-know-where, is prompt in returning calls, is great at calming his clients' jangled nerves, and contrary to the one idiot who posted the one star review, is extremely reasonably priced. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone. We would not even consider going to court, in the future, for any reason without him.
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Posted by Henry | August 14, 2016
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Excellent attorney
I was very pleased with how Mr. Epifanio expeditiously handled my case. Since then I have sought his advice on other potential legal matters for which he would not accept my offer to pay for the advice that he gave me. I am indeed pleased to highly recommend him as a good lawyer dedicated to his pledge to “help good people.”
Posted by Lorraine | August 27, 2015
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Fantastic attorney
I hired attorney Epifanio after I was given a careless driving ticket.I would recommend him to anyone who needs his services.he always answers calls if he's busy he calls right back.He is honest he doesn't tell you I can defiantly get your case dismissed he is truthful about the case which made me at ease with Epifanio did a wonderful job for my case again his honesty ment a lot and he actually listens to you and explains the law to you so you understand your case.If you want a fantastic honest smart attorney this is the one to hire.He won't disappoint you e
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Posted by russell | December 4, 2014
Traffic infraction
had accident, recieved traffic citation and i wasnt even the one in the wrong , went to Craig Epifanio and case got dismissed. He is a very knowledgeable person, and kept informed along the whole way. Great lawyer , very highly recommmended! Thank you!
Posted by Adam | September 3, 2014
Craig is an Excellent Attorney
While I do not know Craig personally, we have consulted on several matters. He has always responded in a very professional manner. I have a great deal of confidence in his work. Criminal law is difficult and uncertain but I know that Craig gets the best possible results for his clients.
Posted by Brian | July 31, 2014
traffic red light camera
Second time Craig has represented me in red light camera issues, honest, straight forward, with a positive attitude. I felt very comfortable with him. Both cases turned out as I expected. He did an excellent Job.
Posted by Earl | August 31, 2013
Traffic violation
On July 3 of 2013, I received a ticket for careless driving in manatee county. I contacted Mr. Epifiano . I explained the situation and was very pleased with the consultation we had. Mr. Epifiano took my case and I was informed he would handle everything. Mr. Epifiano contacted the court, set up the court date, had the charges dismissed, all of this was performed without my having to miss a single day of work. I would and will recommend this gentleman to anyone having a traffic problem.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2009
Glad I called him!
"I hired Mr. Epifanio for several traffic matters. I was concerned becuase I have a fairly bad record so I wasn't sure if he or any other lawyer could help me. He explained that since he isn't the judge he couldn't guarantee anything. However, even with my bad record he was able to get me no points and no school. I all I had to do was pay the fine (which I was happy to do considering my record). I have referred him my friends and family and they all have been happy with his professionalism and unlike other lawyers, he is not afraid to tell you if it's a bad case. I have hired attorneys in the past on other matters both criminal and civil and Mr. Epifanio is very good about explaining the process and returning phone calls if I ever have any questions. His motto of helping good people in unfortunate situations is really true."
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Posted by Kelly | September 30, 2008
This Attorney Rocks!!!
I was arrested on a domestic charge on a Saturday night. I called Mr. Epifanio and he was the ONLY attorney to show up for arraignment on a Sunday morning!!! I was so happy to see him. Not only did he get me released without bond, but he also got my case dismissed from the court. I don't know any other attorney that would go the extra mile like he did. If you need help, call Craig.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2009
Client Review
I was mislead into believing that I could trust him with my speeding ticket. He calls to tell me "Great news! For $300 more , the Judge has offered to settle without any points to your license and no traffic school!" People, you will get the same result if you yourself were to stand before the Judge and plead No Contest. I paid $200 extra (lawyer fee) for this result, please don't repeat my mistake. He claims to have a great rapport with the Judge but obviously not considering. This lawyer is neither honest nor upfront. He should have met with me, first of all, and let me know the pros and cons of this whole affair. He hid in his office when I came to talk to him about this case. His secretary, nice as she is, was only there to collect the fee.
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Response from Craig Epifanio January 6, 2012
Sounds like you got a great deal to me, you had an attorney appear on your behalf in court and he managed to get adjudication withheld, without driving school being imposed.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Craig Epifanio, P.A.
  • 2000 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Pinellas County Public Defender's Office
  • 1997 - 1999


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • State v. Hendrix
  • Case dismissed
  • State v. Jackson
  • 10-20-Life charge reduced to misdemeanor battery
  • United States v. Fastino Garcia-Arrieta
  • Sentence Vacated
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  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1999 - 2008
  • Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President
  • 1998 - 2008
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1997 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Service as President
  • Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2005


  • Northeast neighborhood association
  • Letter to editor
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • Judge candidate 2004
  • Introduced candidates for judicial election
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (18)
Endorse Craig
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Craig Epifanio and he is our law firm's "go to" criminal and DUI defense attorney as we do not work in this area. First, Mr. Epifanio is friendly and accessible to his clients. Next, he is just a great attorney, knowing his criminal and DUI law and able to get good outcomes in tough situations. We are thankful to have good attorneys like him helping our clients and others lucky enough to find him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected in the community. Can's say enough abut his abilities."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig always does a great job for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Epifanio. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is an excellent attorney and person."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Craig is a great lawyer with exstensive knowledge. We have handIed co-defendant cases and have referred client's to each other. Craig has always gotten great results. I would recomend him to anyone with a legal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. From his impressive answers on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig "knows his stuff" and his experience is valuable. He has a great understanding of legal strategy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Craig. He is a highly skilled trial lawyer that aggressively fights for the rights of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Epifanio is an experienced and zealous advocate for his clients, I definitely recommend his services to those facing serious charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Excellent attorney with an incredible amount of experience who cares about his clients and will go the extra mile for a successful outcome. Unlike many criminal lawyers he'll go to trial if the Government will not bend to his will. We have worked together on several significant and very complex federal criminal cases in which he worked hard for his clients sharing with me his vast experience and knowledge of federal criminal law and procedure."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Craig handle cases in court for many years. He is always prepared and well versed in the current state of the law. His clients seem to have much respect for him as does the legal community as a whole. He is a meticulous attorney with a great courtroom presence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Epifanio is a respected lawyer in the local community. He strives to provide a thoughtful and effective defense for his clients. I have been aware of his insights and broad knowledge of criminal law and local Florida law for some time and he is consistently among those whom I would seek out for advice if I had a tough issue to resolve."
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