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Matthew West Kindel

Criminal defense Attorney at Port Richey, FL

5.0   187 reviews
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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2007
    Status
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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

I FIGHT. I'LL PROTECT YOU FROM THE GOVERNMENT. AND I WON'T STOP.

I stand up and fight for every person whose had his or her freedom and rights taken from them by the Government. I see individuals every day in court who simply need someone to stand with them, to fight for them, to tell their story. I hear the goverment refer to constitutional rights as "technicalities." Every client of mine gets my cell phone and my email. I strive to tell my client's story in court. I have a passion for helping teachers and individuals with developmental disabilities. I am a contracted attorney with the United School Employees of Pasco, USEP, and with the United States Concealed Carry Association, the USCCA. I am also trusted by the Fraternal Order of Police to represent their member who are involved in a critical incident (police shooting).

I live in Land O' Lakes, Pasco County, Florida, and have since 2013. I am a Central Florida native. I was born, raised and educated in Polk County, Florida. I have been married to my wife, Nina, since 2010. We have two young children, Elise and Archer, and a black Lab, Jet. I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, skeet shooting, reading and working around the house.  I enjoy giving back to the community and serving with my Rotary family.  I regularly attend Grace Family Church on Tampa.

Position: My practice is dedicated solely to the area of criminal, DUI and traffic ticket defense in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Hernando counties. I have handled cases all over the State of Florida, from Gainesville to Key West.

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI Defense and Traffic Ticket Defense
  • Drug Trafficking and Drug Offenses
  • Firearm and Weapons Offenses
  • 10/20 Life Cases
  • Domestic Violence

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Member of Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member of Hernando County Bar Association
  • West Pasco County Bar Association, past-Secretary, Past-Treasurer, Past-Vice President, current President-Elect
  • The Florida Bar 2007 to present
  • US District Court for the Middle District of Florida (June 2012 to present)
  • HCBA YLD Committee Member, 2011, 212
  • HCBA Leadership Institute, 2011-2012
  • New Tampa Evening Rotaty Club - 2012 to present (Sergeant-at-Arms, Foundation Treasurer)
  • Trinity Rotary Club, 2015 to present
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, alumni
  • Advisory Board member, Pride DUI Schools

Education:

  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, FL-JD, 2004-2007
  • Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL - B.S., Political Science, 1999-2003.
  • Lake Region High School, Eagle Lake, FL.

Published Works:

  • legal guide

Past Employment:

  • Office of The State Attorney, 10th Judicial District. 2007-2011
  • Yesner & Boss, P.L. 2011-2013
  • Law Offices of Carlson & Meissner, P.A. 2013-2019

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 6 ...
Top Contributor 2013,2012
Top Contributor
2013 2012

Location

Bauer, Crider, Kindel & Parry, P.A.
Bauer, Crider, Kindel & Parry, P.A.
Bauer, Crider, Kindel & Parry, P.A.
620 E. Twiggs St.
Suite 202
Tampa, FL, 33602
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  187 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Brittany | March 3, 2019
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He saved me from prison
I was charged with a DUI with serious bodily injury and felony leaving the scene. It was awful and I didn't make a good decision the whole night. I had 3 public defenders during my 2 year battle. All they did was continue my case. Thankfully my grandmother decided to get me a lawyer because I was looking at a minimum of 4 years in prison and the state wasn't interested in talking about a deal. Ironically a friend found Mr. Kindel on Google and he had great reviews. He had lots of experience in the DUI area. When I met with him he made me feel like there was hope. All I said was I didn't want to go to prison. I couldn't leave my 3 year old. He talked about a game plan and he was thinking about different defenses for trial. He was really motivated and I felt like he would fight for me. He was always available if I needed him. He actually called me Thanksgiving. I thought that spoke volumes about his dedication to his clients. I ended up with 3 years probation and that was a godsend. I got exactly what I asked for. When you have to spend money you usually don't have you want someone you can trust. You want to worry less and that's how I felt. I know for a fact he is the reason I'm here today. Not because of his connections but because he knows the law and he has a passion for what he does. I hope I never need him again but if something ever happened he's the 1st call I'd make!
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Posted by Andrew | March 2, 2019
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Best DUI/Drug Attorney
I got arrested for DUI and possession of THC oil, a felony. I hired Matt and he and he walked me through the process step by step. He got the DUI reduced to a reckless and PTI on the drug charges. This was huge because I had already done PTI on a drug case before. Now I won’t have a DUI or felony conviction on my record. I highly recommend him to any charged with DUI or drug offenses.
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Posted by Elizabeth | December 27, 2023
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Exceptional!
I couldn't rate him high enough! I had a matter that seemed to get more messy by the day, and no matter what came up, he answered all my questions and made me feel like I had someone in my corner that had my best interests at heart. He is extremely thorough, always prepared for surprises, honest, made sure I was always informed of what was and made sure I was informed of all aspects of what could happen so I wasn't caught off guard. He did more than I could have hoped for, and with exceptional results. You will be happy you chose him!
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Posted by Nicholas | December 8, 2023
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Roommate spat gone wrong
I had a roommate issue, long story short the roommate lied to police and tried to file multiple injunctions to keep me out of my own house! Matt helped me so much! He helped me get back into my house and get the charges dropped! The roommate tried to file civil injections and lied more to the judge but thankfully I had Matt and he knew there wasn’t sufficient evidence for his claims. The judge knew him by name as soon as we walked in the courtroom! I was put at ease immediately. Matt has such a friendly demeanor and looks at your case meticulously. I highly recommend him! I am extremely happy with my results!
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2023
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Excellent, excellent, excellent
I had a traffic violation that needed representation. Even though i felt that i wasnt at fault, i could not be teo plqces at one time. Mr. Kindel was able to represent me in my stead. He went above and beyond what i expected. Thank you for your help, case dismissed.
Posted by T | June 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Trafficking case
I hire Mr Kindel to represent me on a trafficking case after being referred to him by another attorney. He answered all my questions every time I bugged him. He fought hard for me and I walked away with probation.
Posted by Justin | June 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best DUI lawyer
Hired Matt when I got a DUI. Then a month later I got another DUI. Then I got arrested again. Matt got me out of jail, got one DUI reduced and got the last charges dropped altogether. Thanks to him I’m out of jail and able to drive for work.
Posted by Vonda | June 11, 2023
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Vonda
I was involved in an accident. I received a citation.Mat Kindel professional attorney polite right to the point to explain what need to be done. Citation was dismissed. I would recommend him anytime of any situation thanks Matt
Posted by Juanita | March 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome results
Thank you Matthew Kindel for your help in my son Jacobs legal issues. If your ever in need of legal help this would be the gentleman to call. He is thorough and compassionate. Listens and does what he can with what he is given to work with. The office staff are also very helpful and professional. My son was looking at prison time Matthew got him county time .We are so very grateful.
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Posted by Jim | February 28, 2023
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Excellent Service... A Better Outcome.
It is one thing to do something and take responsibility it is another to be charged with something one did not do. Matt was able to get the proper justice for me in a traffic incident for something I did not do. The process is seamless and once started, required no participation on my part was necessary. Seeing the letters from the firm AND from the court arrive on the same day telling me the case was dismissed was a relief to say the least. Thank you Matt.
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Posted by April | January 8, 2023
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Speedy Lady
A trafic ticket has brought an amazing person to my team of professionals that I will carry with me in all I do. I never know what tomorrow brings. Thank you Mr. Kindel.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2023
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The best out there
Mr. Kindel is as good as they get. He was there for me every step of the way, always communicating and keeping me apprised of the next steps. He was honest throughout the entire process and will go above and beyond in his work. If you’re ever in a situation where you need counsel, Mr. Kindel is your man and you won’t be disappointed.
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Posted by Robert | November 26, 2022
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Professional Service and Good Communication
We are glad we hired Mr. Kindel. He was able to deliver the desired result, which was dismissal of the case. Both Mr. Kindel and his staff were very professional, and communication was very good. Our family will definitely have Mr. Kindel represent us in the future if the need ever arises.
Posted by Peter | November 3, 2022
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Good Lawyer
Mr. Kindel ,made me feel at ease and guided me through what seemed to be a stressful situation , He is well informed and helpful , i would recommend his services with confidence to any and all in need of legal representation, thank you ,yours truly Peter Tonon
Posted by Stuart | October 17, 2022
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Extremely Competent
Mr. Kindel was retained for a legal matter in Pinellas County. I can’t say enough about his professionalism, knowledge of law, attention to detail and care for me throughout the process. I am very grateful I was able to have him represent me and the successful result he achieved. I would without reservation hire Mr. Kindel again if needed.
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Posted by EF | July 22, 2022
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Mrs.
Amazing service, Mr. Kindel is really amazing when I text or leave a message for him he responds right away. I hired him 2 times. He is very knowledgeable and he knows what he is doing. Thank you for the service.
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2022
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Best lawyer around
Mr.Matthew Kindel got me out of a bad situation in which I thought I had not way out. But he came in handled everything professionally and kept up with me and how the case was doing. I felt like I was in good hands.
Posted by Shannon | March 9, 2022
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Very detailed and prompt
From the first email to our last day in court. Mr. Kindel kept me informed, always answered my questions as promptly as he could usually the same day or within 24 hrs. He worked on getting my son home us and kept his best interest at heart while doing so. He’s a really great attorney definitely does not do this job without heart very highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2022
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Excellent representation by Mr. Matthew Kindel
My son and I were recommended to this law firm and I'm very glad we decided to hire them. Mr. Matthew Kindel was chosen to represent us and he was always very professional, prompt and reliable. He certainly knew his job well and always gave us excellent recommendations on which way we should proceed. When our case was dismissed we were especially thankful for ALL of his hard work!
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Posted by Don | February 7, 2022
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Great Lawyer
Mr. Kindel did a great job of representing me in a legal matter that could of ruined my life. He was confident of getting the charge dropped and the end result was as he expected, I would certainly recommend Matthew for any legal issues you need resolved.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Bauer, Crider, Kenny & Parry
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Carlson & Meissner
  • 2013 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Boss Law Firm
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney For 10th Circuit
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Office Of The State Attorney For 10th Circuit
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • National DUI Seminar
  • 2017
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • FL DUI Seminar
  • 2017
  • Florida Assocation of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • FL DUI Defense Seminar
  • 2016
  • National Assocation of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Sex Crimes Seminar
  • 2016
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2016
  • Advanced Prosecution DUI School
  • Certificate
  • 2008
  • Prosecution DUI School
  • Completion
  • 2007
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Florida Southern College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003
  • Lake Region High School
  • Diploma
  • 1999
  • Grace Lutheran School
  • Diploma
  • 1995
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Bowman
  • Not Guilty all counts
  • Donaldson v. DHSMV
  • License Suspension Overturned
  • State of Florida v. Wright
  • Multiple JOAs and Acquittals
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Associations

  • West Pasco Bar Assocation
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - Present
  • Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council
  • Staff Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit National Adoption Day
  • Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • BNI Eagles
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Associaion
  • Committee member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • West Pasco Bar Assocation
  • President
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Trinity Rotary
  • Scholarship Committee
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Hernando County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2019
  • West Pasco Bar Assocation
  • President-Elect
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Rotary Club
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2020
  • West Pasco Bar Assocation
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - 2015
  • West Pasco Bar Assocation
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - 2014
  • New Tampa Evening Rotary
  • Rotarian
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 DUI Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Excellent Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Foundation Treasurer
  • •New Tampa Evening Rotaty Club
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Service Award
  • New Tampa Evening Rotary Club
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Admission
  • Middle District of Florida
  • 2012
  • Best Litigator
  • Trial Practice
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Firearm Class
  • Legalities Facing Concealed Weapon Carriers
  • 2018
  • Rotary Vocational Lunch
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Chapter Meeting
  • DUI Awareness
  • 2016
  • 2016 CLE: Black and White and Many Shades of Grey
  • Ethics
  • 2016
  • BNI
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2015
  • 2015 Spring CLE: Peach Plot Conspiracy
  • Ethics
  • 2015
  • BNI
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2014
  • BNI
  • L.I.F.E.: What Teens Need to Know
  • 2013
  • Great American Teach In
  • Careers
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (30)
Given (24)
Endorse Matthew
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Other
"I am a North Carolina attorney, and Matt assisted me with a tricky situation involving a stolen license plate belonging to an incapacitated client living in Florida. He not only assisted me for a very reasonable fee, but he solved the issue within 24 hours of my first phone call with him. Bravo! In addition, Matt presents as down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and direct in his approach to problem solving. I truly enjoyed working with him on this matter. Definitely would recommend this attorney to anyone needing immediate assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I love brainstorming with Matt. He is well versed in the law and is ever the zealous advocate for his clients. I highly endorse this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With 11 years of impressive practice under his belt Mr. Kindel is not a new lawyer, but he is relatively new to AVVO. Having now had occasion to answer several of the same questions I am impressed with Mr. Kindel's command of the law and communication skill. Coupling that with his impressive resume I am confident that if you are in his area then Mr. Kindel can, and will, help you to achieve substantial justice!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When the conversation turns to drug trafficking or DUI defense, Mr. Kindel speaks both intelligently and passionately."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a lawyer in the same community as Matt and also have the pleasure of serving on the West Pasco Board of Directors with him. Every client I have referred to him has indicated that they have received excellent service. Matt keeps his clients up to date on their matter and, more importantly, what to expect in the future. I have no reservations in referring clients to his office for representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt is a bright, energetic trial attorney who practices in the area of criminal defense. He truly cares about his clients and will always put forth maximum effort to represent their best interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Kindel is a very fine attorney who zealously represents his clients. He is knowlegeable and compassionate and always keeps his cool under pressure. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several clients to him and he has done an excellent job of representing every one."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is one of the most professional people I have had the pleasure of knowing. He is kind, empathetic, and extremely intelligent. I would recommend him as an attorney to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kindel is very knowledgeable in the practice of criminal defense and I have found that he is dedicated to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt is a tough but caring attorney. He really knows the law and works hard for his clients to achieve the best results possible! I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Not only do I work with Mr. Kindel through the local bar association, but he has been knowledgeable and helpful anytime I have had a case within his practice areas."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an intelligent, aggressive trial lawyer who works hard for his clients to get the best result. I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt is sharp as a tack, and he has great attention to detail. I recommend him very often to people who find themselves needing criminal defense counsel, and i always hear good things from those referrals. He works hard to get dismissals, and juries love him. I absolutely endorse and recommend Matt Kindel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matthew is a great lawyer who well represents his clients. His skill and legal knowledge help him get great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matthew Kindel is an exemplary attorney who works tirelessly defending those accused of crimes. He is knowledgeable, thorough, zealous, and ethical. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt is an excellent attorney and is well respected in the legal community. He fights hard for his clients. I endorse him for any area of criminal law, including DUIs."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Matthew without hesitation. He is an honest, talented and extremely hard-working lawyer. He is highly regarded by other lawyers in the community and gets excellent results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a always professional and extremely knowledgeable about the legal process, especially the criminal defense arena. I works tireless to achieve great results for his clients."
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