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  • The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C.

Welcome to The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C. I am attorney Donald J. Kilfin, a St. Petersburg area criminal defense and DUI attorney with over seventeen years of criminal law experience, including six years as a Pinellas County state prosecutor. I am committed to providing the residents of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, and surrounding areas with the highest quality of legal services, at affordable rates, in a wide array of criminal and traffic matters, including DUI, juvenile, and probation violation proceedings. I deliberately limit my intake to ensure that each client's matter receives the time and attention needed to attain the best possible outcome. The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C. recognizes that good people can, and sometimes do, find themselves at odds with the criminal justice system and understands the tremendous degree of stress and anxiety these situations can produce. Meeting, and exceeding, my client's expectations is my goal.

With our firm, you benefit from an attorney with the following recognitions:

As an experienced criminal defense and DUI lawyer serving the residents of Tampa Bay, Mr. Kilfin takes every necessary step to ensure his client's rights are protected. At The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C., we meticulously review all of the evidence against a particular client and immediately begin to formulate a strategy to mitigate, or eliminate, the potential impact of a criminal charge on our client's personal, professional, and family life. Mr. Kilfin has helped hundreds of individuals obtain favorable resolutions in their criminal matters for years.

At The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C., we realize that no cases are alike and work relentlessly to tailor a defense strategy that is unique to the needs of each client individually. As an experienced criminal defense and DUI lawyer, attorney Donald J. Kilfin recognizes that the value of effective advocacy skills, both oral and written, cannot be understated. The provision of zealous and effective representation to the residents of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, New Port Richey, Dade City, and Bradenton, during some of the most difficult and challenging times in their lives, is our top priority. To view comments posted by former clients of Attorney Donald J. Kilfin, visit the Testimonials section of our website.

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When you are facing a criminal charge, having an experienced Tampa Bay area defense attorney on your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Backed by more than a decade of experience, we know how to build a results-driven case based on your individual needs and goals. We take the time to examine the evidence on your behalf and work to help you secure a favorable outcome. Whether you are dealing with a violent crime charge, DUI, fraud, theft, or even homicide, our firm has the tenacity necessary to help you move forward with confidence. We handle complex cases with the care and respect they deserve from start to finish.

We understand that this is a sensitive situation you are dealing with and we strive to put your mind at ease. Our lawyer understands the various defenses that can be used in your favor in order to combat the evidence being brought against you. With our firm on your side, you will always understand the specifics of your case, as well as your rights throughout the matter. You can trust that when you hire The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C., your best interests are always at the forefront of our practice and your rights, future, and freedom are in good hands. With so much on the line, you cannot afford to hire inexperienced representation. We truly care about our clients, so we work diligently on your case.

  • About This Website

The vast majority of this site's content was written by me, based on my seventeen-plus years of experience in criminal law. Having practiced for nearly two decades, there are very few factual scenarios or legal issues I have not confronted at some point in my career.

At the outset of each subsection, I strive to provide the reader with a concise, but comprehensive overview of the the nature of the charge. I also include the applicable Florida statute to convey, with precision, the conduct that is proscribed by Florida law. The statutes that correspond to lesser included offenses are also outlined, where appropriate, so the reader can get a sense of the varying degrees of a given charge. The applicable jury instructions are included so the reader can get an understanding of each element of the applicable charge, which the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. The definitions of key terms are also included, word for word, to convey a more complete understanding of what the state is required to prove.

From there, I lay out the applicable penalty provisions, including minimum and maximum penalties, any associated minimum mandatory sentences, and the collateral consequences of the plea (if any) including, for example, the loss of a driver's license, a sex offender registration requirement, or deportation. Some offenses will trigger one or more of Florida's draconian sentencing enhancements such as HFO, PRR, or 10-20-Life. The potential enhancement is also identified where appropriate, and the content of the enhancement statute is included to give the reader a better understanding of its provisions.

I also set forth some of the more common defenses to a given charge and include actual examples from my past cases where a particular defense strategy was successful. At the bottom of each page you will find a list of additional resources with links to other relevant pages on this site and a number of outside authoritative sources (such as the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, the Florida Department of Corrections, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement) for further reading. There are also links to articles I have authored for legal directories such as Avvo and HG. Org., which contain a more abbreviated discussion of the particular offense.

To left of the screen, you will see our firm's blog section. At least once a month, I will publish an article on a particular aspect of Florida law that I hope will be of some use or interest to the reader. Also, I strive to stay on top of changes to the law and will publish a blog post outlining the update either before or immediately after it is enacted. For example, just last year, "Aggravated Assault with a Firearm" was removed from the list of qualifying offenses under Florida's 10-20-Life statute, which meant that the associated three year minimum mandatory sentence was no longer applicable. Currently, there are some major overhauls to Florida's Stand Your Ground Law, as it relates to the burden of proof in an "immunity hearing", which will be of tremendous benefit to criminal defendants whose conduct resulted from the justifiable use of force. These changes can, and very often do, impact my client's legal matters. Being aware of them, and ensuring that my clients are aware of them, is an integral part of my job. I also use the blog to discuss current legal events in the St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa area and for updates related to the firm itself.

Florida criminal law is complicated. If you have any questions after reading a particular section of this site, please feel free to contact me directly and I will be glad to answer them.

For more information on how The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C. can help you, contact our St. Petersburg criminal defense firm today and schedule a free initial consultation.