Don Waggoner Law, P.A.

Kissimmee, FL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I offer free consultations for people accused of crimes. I advise them of all the possible defenses for their case and I advise them of all the possible consequences of their case should they be convicted. i try to make sure there are no surprises. I am always accessible. I don't lie to them. Here are my promises to everyone: HERE ARE THE RIGHTS I MAKE SURE YOU GET IF YOU HIRE ME: Once arrested, the absolute right to a reasonable bond being set either at your first appearance (usually takes place within 24 hours) or as soon after that as possible. The right to have me present when you are questioned by law enforcement or anyone else, before, during, and after your arrest. If I am not present when you are questioned, or another attorney if you don't hire me, you should not make any kind of statement whatsoever. The right to have me present at your arraignment, or to waive your appearance at your arraignment, and to get a trial date set for you. You have the right to plea guilty or no contest at this point, but I advise that you do not plead either one until you have consulted an attorney. The right to have me review the evidence the state intends to present against you, go over that evidence with you, and discuss with you the merits of your case. The right to have me discuss your case with the prosecutor and to negotiate for a reasonable plea offer. You have the absolute right to have a trial regardless of whether you are innocent or guilty, regardless of any counsel to the contrary you may receive, and regardless of any plea offers that may be extended to you. You have the absolute right to make the state prove any accusations against you beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt. You have the right to have a jury determine whether the state has presented enough evidence to convince it beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the accusations against you, or whether you are not guilty because the state did not prove the accusations beyond a reasonable doubt. You have the right to make pre-trial motions and to have the court hear evidence and argument concerning those motions and make a timely ruling on those motions. You have a right to copy or inspect the evidence the State intends to use against you, to investigate the evidence to be presented against you and to present a defense against that evidence by presenting your own evidence and witnesses. (The right to pre-trial discovery does not exist in Federal court). You have a right to depose and, at trial, cross-examine the state's witnesses. You have a right to have me, or another attorney present with you at any critical stage of the case and you have a right to be present at any hearings concerning your case. If you plead guilty or no contest, or if you are found guilty after a trial, you have the right to have me represent you at your sentencing, to present any mitigating evidence, and to present witnesses on your behalf. You have the right to appeal any decision made by the court against you, even if you plead guilty. If you are not a U.S. citizen and are convicted of a crime either by plea or by jury trial, your right to remain in this country may be in jeopardy. Finally, you have the right to only be charged a reasonable and fair price for your defense.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I get to fight the governement on your behalf. Together we fight "the Man." I like helping people out of jams and to get their lives back together.
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Location

Kissimmee, FL 34741

Years in business

12

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

4

Reviews

8 Reviews
  • Yuriy G. Jun 23, 2017
    My experience with Don Waggoner was excellent and successful.
  • Megan M. May 12, 2017
    Don and his assistant were very helpful and understanding in short amount of time and in a unique situation. Very grateful!
  • Imtiaz A. Apr 30, 2017
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
    Every good lawyer he is the best
  • Christina B. Apr 20, 2017
    Best Criminal Defense Attorney
    I just wanted to take a moment to share my experience with Don Waggoner Law and his Assistant, Patricia. Far too often, people are eager to write letters or make a phone call to complain, but I wanted to take the time to express how very pleased I am with the performance, support, professionalism, and determination of this legal team. Throughout my case everyone was always quick to respond, available during times that most would consider after hours, and always patient in explaining the status and details/developments of my case. Thanks to Don Waggoner Law I am able to look towards a brighter future…
  • Romina C. Apr 19, 2017
    Don Waggoner Law, P.A.
    Don Waggoner and staff seems to have a genuine concern for helping people, He took time to explain things thoroughly and responded quickly and accurately when questions arose. The firm is always prompt and prepared. I really recommend him.
  • Satisfied Client M. Feb 28, 2017
    Highly Recommended
    I hired Don Waggoner back in 2014. He now has other attorneys working for him in his office years later. So now in 2017 when I needed to hire the firm one last time, I had the pleasure of working with Attorney DeNike as well as their highly efficient office manager Patricia. She was wonderful in keeping in contact with me on every step of the process, and answering any and all questions. I would absolutely hire Don Waggoner and Attorney DeNike again. They accomplished everything I asked for, in a very timely manner.
  • Patricia B. Oct 17, 2016
    Best attorney experience.
    Attorney Don Waggoner got my husband home. He was the only honest and reasonable attorney that gave me a lot of his time explaining my options. I am super grateful how much he fought for my husband in court which ended up great despite my husbands long record. He was looking at 14 months in prison.Hire him you won't regret it.
  • Troy W. Sep 28, 2016
    Highly recommended
    I live in Minnesota and had an old case in Orlando, FL that was casing me some problems. I contacted Mr. Waggoner and during the initial phone conversation he was able to pull up my case and provide realistic expectations and possible scenarios. Him and his staff were friendly and provided a service that exceeded my expectations that lead to a fast successful outcome. Highly recommended!
  • Sarah M. Sep 20, 2016
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
    Great Service!
    Thank you! Mr. Waggoner is very conscientious, and was very helpful. He directed me exactly on what I need to do. He took his time, and it was obvious that he treated me as a person and not as a dollar sign. I highly recommend him. His knowledge & concern exceeded my expectations. Well done!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I sit down with them and go over the situation they have gotten themselves into (usually). I discuss the facts and get their side of the story. There are always three sides to a story, the state's, the client's, and the one we present to the judge or jury. I discuss what their expectations are and what outcome they expect. I try to tell them what reasonable outcome to expect. I discuss the things we will have to do to get the desired outcome. I discuss their ability to pay and how the fee is to be paid. I let them know how to contact me. Most of all, I try to get them to relax and trust me to take care of the case.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I went to college and to law school. I take at least 30 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) courses every year. I attend a DUI seminar at least once yearly. I attend trial practice seminars regularly. I also interact with and discuss cases and issues with my colleagues across the state daily through professional forums.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I do not have a complicated pricing system. My fees/quotes are based upon the amount of time I think a case will take, whether it will go to trial, the issues in the case and the amount of responsibility I am taking on, the desires of the client, and, sometimes, the ability of the client to pay. I usually accept payments, but I require at least half of an agreed upon quote to be paid up front. The rest is made in payments and must be paid regardless of when the case concludes.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was a child I watched lawyers work and knew I wanted to be one. As I got older, I realized how much power the government has over us and I realized people need lawyers to stand up for their rights. I determined I would be one of these lawyers. It took me a while, but here I am, ready and willing to defend you.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with all types of clients throughout Florida. I have worked with people accused of murder, manslaughter, capital sex crimes, juvenile sex crimes, theft, fraud, DUI?BUI, and just about every type of criminal case there is in State courts. I have worked with both juvenile and adult clients, residents and people from other states and countries, and many tourists.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Last summer (2015), I represented 9 clients who had all been charged with grand theft in a sting set up by the Osceola County Sheriff's office. I filed a motion alleging they were entrapped. All but one had never been in trouble before. They were all hard workers. In the end, all their charges were dropped.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hire someone you trust. Hire someone who is upfront with you from the beginning. Ask all the questions you want answered. Don't just hire the cheapest lawyer, but do hire one you can afford or who has the best chances of getting the results you desire. It is also usually better to hire an attorney who regularly practices in the county from which the case arises.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
They should consider the complexities of the case themselves, how much they are willing to pay for an attorney, and how they will pay for the attorney.