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David Ashley Haenel

Criminal defense Attorney at Sarasota, FL

5.0   140 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 22 years
    New Jersey - NJ 24 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About David

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I spent countless hours working on my websites and growing my practice through attending seminars and lecturing.   Unlike other lawyers, I personally put in case results and work on video shots.  My clients or prospective clients need to understand that I am deeply concerned about the outcome of their case. 

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Location

The Law Place
1414 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL, 34239
The Law Place
390 North Orange Avenue
Suite 2300
Orlando, FL, 32801
The Law Place
4500 140th Avenue North
# 101
Clearwater, FL, 33762
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  140 customer reviews
Posted by Thomas | March 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellence in Traffic Criminal Defense.
David Haenel will fight for you. He is an expert in DUI and DWI. Comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Posted by Michael | March 2, 2021
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Upstanding lawyer
Mr. Haenel was the right man for my challenging case! His long-standing expertise and established relationships in the field showed on all ends, when communicating with me, with involved parties, and in court. The outcome could not have been any better for me. Gloria is also very attentive, they both updated me immediately on any new, which helped me to feel at ease throughout this tough time. Thank you!
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Posted by Tom | June 19, 2020
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You don’t want another lawyer
David haenyl has been my lawyer for approximately 15 years.Due to the over aggressive nature of the Sarasota police force involving traffic citations I would not have a license without David’s representation.I most recently had a felony marijuana arrest and was very worried about a felony.David got me into drug court and everything was dropped.He performed a miracle on my fathers dui case also.I have sent many people to David over the years and everyone was impressed with the outcome of their case.Everyone asks how much is he?You don’t want to be too concerned about price when you are facing a felony or revocation of your license...hire the best.On your day in court with David you will see that he is respected by the judges as well as the prosecutors.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2019
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Great Lawyer
Very Grateful with Mr. Haenel, throughout this process he has been guiding me on what to do with my case. I would highly recommend him
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2019
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Highly skilled professional who delivers results!!!
David Haenel saved my career and life! My case involved a death and criminal charges. He fought for months and months against surmountable obstacles to deliver the best result of all... CHARGES DROPPED. My case took so long I'm pretty sure Mr. Haenel lost money but HE NEVER GAVE UP. Truly there are no words that could describe the gratitude I have for what Mr. Haenel has done for me. If you are in the clutches of despair this is the attorney you need.
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Posted by Dwayne | August 30, 2019
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Don’t worry about it.
I consulted Mr. Haenel on a speeding ticket matter and he handled is extremely professionally. He got all the information about my situation in great detail and told me after our consultation “Don’t worry I’ll take care of everything.” Which he did! I received the absolute best result for my situation which looked pretty grim. I highly recommend Mr. Haenel!
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Posted by Jacob | August 13, 2019
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If Jesus was my lawyer
I was in an accident and totaled my car back in August and caused 65,000 of property damage and left the scene of the accident. David settles my case out with adjudication withheld me only having to complete a 4 hour driving course online, and 831$ total in fines and court fees to be paid in 30 days. No probation, no community service hours, no hassle no headache! This man did things I did not even fathom being capable in court, he got me everything I wanted and more and I will be recommending his representation to everyone! I’m really happy I took the recommendation from a family friend to have him represent me, it was by far the best decision I have ever made
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Posted by Kristen | May 15, 2019
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Time well spent
September 2017 I went to The Law Place, referred from 2 friends who had been very successful there, not knowing where to turn. I had managed to put myself into a situation that landed me in big trouble. DUI 2nd offense! I met with David and he, with little details to go off of (nothing was uploaded at the clerk of courts office yet), took the time to explain each route we could go down with the details I shared. With his direction and experience we worked together for a year and 8 months trying to resolve each detail that had transpired. I’m so fortunate to have found David and his assistant Marla. With his patients and knowledge ALL of my charges were dropped. In the beginning he advised me it was very unlikely that we would be able to get through this without a trial. He and his team worked what seemed effortlessly over the months as my case was passed around by the states attorneys office, pre-trial hearing after pre-trial hearing with manatee county constantly rescheduling my motions over and over, we finally got in front of the judge. My motion to suppress the evidence had my emotions heightened. I, not really having much faith in the system, was amazed how attentive my attorney was in capturing every detail or what seemed to me as false information given to the judge by the other side. They argue with pure and just the right amount of aggressive expertise. Then after this long battle I received the phone call. ALL CHARGES WERE DROPPED. The judge was able to provide multiple pages of reasons why he felt this was an unlawful stop because of all the hard work The Law Place, specifically David and Marla, had put into my case. I just want to say Thank you for the constant communication and not giving up! Answering all my emails and phone calls with a sense of urgency and not letting it slide. I highly recommend David to be on your side!
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2019
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Great Result!
We retained David Haenel when my son was issued a rather serious traffic citation that we felt to be unfair. We didn't know what to expect, as we have not had a need to hire any type of defense attorney previously. David exceeded all expectations in getting the case dismissed completely. I'm so happy that we found David, and didn't just accept a citation that we didn't agree with.
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Posted by Frank | April 3, 2019
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The best ticket lawyer ever
Mr. Haenel handled a traffic matter for me in Manatee county. He managed to get my ticket completely dismissed at a hearing. I would highly recommend Mr. Haenel to handle your ticket needs.
Posted by Mike | February 28, 2019
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Excellence and Temacity
Interacting with David over the past 12+ years as he has represented me on various matters has been a true privilege. I have seen firsthand his dedication to clients, his supreme knowledge of the law, and his confidence in arguing for justice in open court. It is crucially important to hire Mr. Haenel should you ever become involved with the justice system or law enforcement. Protect and defend your God-given, constitutionally-protected rights (along with your driving privileges) at all costs.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2019
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Such a fine attorney
Not only is David extremely skilled at what he does, he is a really nice person. Very supportive. Very clear in his explanation of Florida law related to traffic tickets. We picked him because of his reviews...and they were dead-on. He was professional all the way and got our son's case dismissed. We're very grateful we found David and hired him.
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Posted by Kimberly | February 20, 2019
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AMAZING!
Mr. Haenel recently represented me for an issue that could have had some serious consequences. His office staff as well as himself we're on top of every thing from start to finish. My case was dismissed! I WOULD RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE.
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2019
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SG
I cannot thank David Haenel enough for the way he handled my case from beginning to end. Unfortunately my case involved a crash with a fatality which took over a year to resolve. Mr Haenel was always available when I contacted him, and he was able to have the citation dismissed in court. I could not be more grateful to Mr. Haenel and his team. I could not recommend Mr. Haenel and his team enough.
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2018
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YAY!!!! Dismissed!!
David seamlessly handled my traffic ticket and kept me informed throughout the entire process. The best part of hiring David was getting the news that my ticket was dismissed! Look no further for all of your traffic ticket needs. Wonderful staff and service as well.
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2018
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Swift, decisive actions proved positive results
Mr. Haenel and his team are excellent. From the first call (personally with Mr. Haenel even before being hired) to the quick resolution of my family's legal issues, every step of the way was positive and helpful from each attorney and assistants involved. Mr. Haenel took what could have been a very scary situation, even as a misdemeanor, and guided us through with care and compassion. The end result couldn't have been any better, as he and his team were able to get everything cleared and what was a pristine record restored to its original state. I would highly recommend a call to Mr. Haenel if you find yourself in need of legal assistance (and I wouldn't try going it alone!)
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2018
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Successful Criminal Defense
Mr. Haenel and his entire team were successful in getting charges dropped in a very challenging case. He showed not only his legal expertise, but also compassion and concern for us during the long process. His availability and communication was helpful and reassuring. We could not have asked for better representation or a better outcome. Our gratitude to him and his entire staff for their hard work on our behalf.
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2018
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Best possible outcome
David and his team were able to procure the best possible outcome for me in a DUI charge, reckless driving adjudication withheld. Because of David Haenel and his team I am able to keep my job. They were extremely helpful and guided me through the process. All of my questions were answered right away. David even called after hours and on the weekend. Highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2018
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Moving Violation
I cannot say enough about the professionalism of David Haenel. He was referred to me by a neighbor for a serious moving violation my grandson incurred while staying in Sarasota over the summer. After contacting his office the afternoon of the citation, David returned my call that evening to explain the details of how he would proceed if obtained. He was spot on with his facts and was able to have the citation "totally dismissed" due to the laws in Florida. Mr. Haenel appeared in court on our behalf and immediately called with the results. I would highly recommend Mr. Haenel to friends in need of a good attorney.
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Posted by LGC III | June 16, 2018
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Hire David He's the BEST!
I put myself in an unfortunate position and after hours of research I knew I needed an attorney and fast! I found David online and read his reviews and felt confident he was the guy I needed. I called David and explained my situation he immediately informed me of the consequences for my actions but felt he could help. I hired David and worked directly with him and his extremely helpful secretary Marla. David told me what I needed to do before my hearing and I did everything he said. I never had to appear in court David did everything, he fought to save me from what could have impacted my life forever. My end result was a $113 fine and 8 hour DDC course, thank you David for everything you did to help me and protect my future! You and Marla are the best!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Place
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Finebloom and Haenel, P.A.
  • 2004 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Sarasota County State Attorney's Office
  • 2001 - 2004

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • LL.M - Master of Laws-Criminal Law
  • 2000
  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Hartwick College
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State V. MN
  • Null Prosse( Dropped)
  • State of Florida v. RN
  • Case No Billed by the State Attorney
  • State V DD
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Traffic Court Rules Committee
  • Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Florida Bar, Traffic Court Rules Committee
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Sarasota chapter)
  • Vice President
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Florida DUI Prosecutor of the Year
  • MADD
  • 2004
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Publications

  • Florida DUI Survival Guide
  • Florida DUI Survival Guide-A Citizen's Protection Manual
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Bar, Traffic Court Rules Committee
  • Florida Bar
  • 2013
  • 2011 DUI Adjudication Lab
  • DUI and Traffic Law
  • 2011
  • Radar and Laser Training
  • Radar and Laser Certification Course
  • 2009
  • Sarasota Police Academy
  • RADAR/LASER TRAINING
  • 2007
  • DUI-DWI
  • DUI Defense/Marketing
  • 2006
  • DUI
  • DUI Defense
  • 2006
  • CMS Instructor
  • Training Class
  • 2004
  • Florida Breath Test Conference
  • Lecture
  • 2003
  • DUI School (LEVEL 1)
  • DUI
  • 2003
  • DUI School (Advanced)
  • DUI
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (38)
Given (16)
Endorse David
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is the consummate professional and has a virtually encyclopedic knowledge of Florida Criminal Law. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a bright and creative lawyer, who achieves outstanding results for his clients by thinking outside of the box. His communication with his clients is excellent, which allows clients to feel more comfortable from the moment they retain his services, through the resolution of their matter. It is a pleasure to highly endorse David Haenel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Outstanding professionalism and experience. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David Haenel is truly one of the best lawyers that I have ever worked with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David has a talented legal mind who's a pleasure to work with. He's highly experienced, caring and as smart as he can be."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great guy. I have worked with him, and I have nothing but respect for this Lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Over the past 14 years I have worked with David, referred him clients and have called him when I needed advice. He is energetic, quick to respond, knowledgable and does a great job for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a fellow DWI defense attorney, David is one of the best in the business. He's the attorney I turn to with DWI and Criminal defense cases in Florida."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a great DUI and traffic defense attorney. He really knows the ins and outs of DUI defense. His expertise in defending traffic offense cases is second to done. As a lawyer, if I got a ticket I would call him."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend David Haenel to assist you in working our your traffic tickets or other driving infractions. He is knowledgable, responsive and well regarded in our legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with David Haenel and believe he is a fantastic DUI lawyer. He is super smart, aggressive and professional and works hard for all of his clients. David is tirelessly trying to perfect his craft and never settles for second best!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I referred my best friend to him when I could not represent him do to a conflict of interest. David Haenel is probably the most fully informed lawyer in the community in his practice areas. Tenacious!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a hard-working, aggressive, and innovative attorney. He and his partner, Darren, literally created a successful traffic ticket defense practice in a market when no other attorneys in the area were even doing it because the playing field was so unfavorable to those who "dared" to challenge local law enforcement. I've watched him grow and expand his law practice literally from the beginning. I've had the pleasure of seeing it grow and prosper over the last few years as he has opened additional offices in new jurisdictions. I do not hesitate to send him all of my clients who have traffic and DUI problems. He truly goes the extra mile for them. Also, he is compassionate about helping them to resolve there legal problems. In short, I highly recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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