Aggressive, Experienced Clearwater Criminal Law Attorneys


At the law firm of Hoskins & Penton, we have more than 50 years of combined experience as criminal defense lawyers. We provide a dual practice background of prosecution and civil practice, both in Clearwater and New Port Richey.

If you are facing charges, we can defend you. If your record is causing problems, we can help you.

We Defend People Facing Charges

We identify key issues in our client’s cases and argue their case relentlessly. As a criminal defense firm, we handle cases, including:

  • DUI
    Whether you are facing your first DUI or have been charged with DUI manslaughter, we will work to reduce or eliminate your charges. We can also help you get your driver’s license reinstated.
  • Drug offenses
    We have successfully defended people accused of possessing, cultivating, and distributing marijuana, and other illegal drugs. We frequently help clients with prescription drug issues as well, including oxycodone.
  • Serious felonies
    No crime is too big for us to defend against. We shield clients from serious felonies, including burglary, weapons charges, robbery, aggravated battery, homicide and sex crime allegations.
  • Bail bond reduction
    We have experience handling cases involving bail bonds and getting them dropped or lowered.

Our top priority is to keep you out of jail, and we are very good at it.

We Help You With Your Record

Having a criminal record can cause huge problems for people trying to get jobs, change their immigration status and live their lives after release. We can push back against the obstacles you face.

  • Record sealing and expungement
    If you are eligible, we may be able to have your prior convictions sealed from everyone except government officials or even removed from your record entirely.
  • Clemency hearings
    With proper legal work, we can sometimes win a reduced sentence or even a full pardon for clients.
  • Probation violations
    Violating probation — even by mistake — can put you right back in jail. If this is your situation, we will find out exactly what happened and do our best to secure your freedom.

If you have already paid your debt to society, you need to stop paying. We can help you put the past behind you and focus on the future.

You Can Have Winners At Your Side

Do you need someone who wins? If so, contact our office today. You can reach us at 727-475-6448 or online. We practice in Clearwater and throughout Florida.