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Former Deputy Sheriff

Retired Deputy Sheriff and Former Assistant State Attorney, Over Twenty Years' Experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney; Helping Good People in Bad Times.

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“JR is an experienced professional in all aspects of criminal law. John got me out of a huge debacle in Philadelphia where I was facing Definite jail time.”

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Over Twenty Years' Experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney; Helping Good People in Bad Times. Contact Mr. Rutkowski today for a free telephone consultation.

Experienced and Dedicated Florida DUI Attorney

John P Rutkowski, Attorney at Law
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We are a small law firm helping good people, dedicating our time, personal attention, and expertise to our clients. We are responsive to client questions and concerns returning telephone calls in a timely manner and keeping clients up to date on the progress of their case.

Mr. Rutkowski is a retired Deputy Sheriff and former Assistant State Attorney who has twenty seven years experience practicing DUI, BUI Administrative Driver’s License Hearings, Appeals and Criminal Traffic Offenses.

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Criminal Defense

Criminal Law defines conduct prohibited by the State, Federal & Local agencies because it threatens and harms public safety and welfare. It also establishes the punishment to be imposed for violating these laws.

Driving Under the Influence

Under Florida law, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances, or controlled substances is one offense, proved by impairment of normal faculties or an unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above.

Boating Under the Influence

It is unlawful for anyone to operate a vessel within Florida while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that his or her normal facilities are impaired or has a Breath or Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or above.


If convicted after a trial or if after pleading guilty after losing a dispositive motion you have an automatic right, within 30 days after being sentenced and the sentencing being filed with the Clerk of Courts, to appeal.

Traffic Violations

A criminal traffic violation is much more serious and results in the driver being charged with possible arrest for a misdemeanor or felony charge.

Case Results

We are committed to pursuing justice on your behalf.

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DUI Order Granting Defendant’s Motion to Suppress Evidence

June 2023

175512574-Order-Granting-Motion-To-Suppress_Redacted.pdf Practice area(s): DUI / DWI Court: DeSoto County Court...

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Injunction Against Stalking Denied

June 2019

I represented the Respondent, whose sister, the Petitioner, sought and injunction against stalking. Respondent was concerned with the welfare of her niece's who she legitimately believed were in harm's way. In trying to ensure their safety...

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Client Reviews

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Strongly Recommend

From Richard H

Very happy I selected Mr. Rutkowski as my attorney. It was my first time needing legal advice and representation. I needed solid guidance and counsel, and John provided it. I found John to be patient and understanding as I came up to speed, straightforward in his analysis, and responded promptly to my texts for clarification. I would recommend him.

Strongly Recommend

From Chris E

I am so glad I chose John to represent me. He is kind, punctual and really got me through a difficult time. His strategy in my case was quick and effective and saved me from a lot of extra financial hardship. I will recommend him to anyone in need.

Went Above and Beyond

From Wendy T

Went above and beyond! Would 100% recommend.

Can’t Go Wrong

From R Prive

I was facing 2 felony charges, which would 100% require jail time plus fines and probation. When I contacted John, he reviewed my case and explained his objective was to keep me out of jail. He gave me a price for his services and explained the processes. John worked closely with the prosecutors, at one point the state emailed him stating it was very rare that “no” incarceration would be granted for the charges I was facing. That did not deter John, he continued to communicate with prosecutors and was able to work a deal. This kept me out of jail, no fines and minimal court costs . In the end, I faired much better then I ever expected. I am a good person that made a mistake, John was able to convince not only the prosecutors but the judge also saw that and gave me some leniency in my probation requirements. Even granting me the possibility of early termination of probation. In the end, no jail time! After my court proceedings, John followed up with me and offered to petition the court when the time came, to request the early termination of probation. In the end, he did exactly what he said he would do, for the price he quoted. I know that my case could have cost an average of $10,000 in legal fees and his fee was no where near that. His previous experience in the legal/criminal field proves an asset when working with prosecutors and the legal issues, he knows how to approach them. I cannot stress enough the importance of having an attorney that will fight for you. John is that person, he will keep you up to date on your case and answer any questions you may have. I STRONGLY recommend John Rutkowski!

Honest, Experienced and does what he say’s he will do

From Jim D

John will look after your best interest and keep you informed of every aspect of your case until the very end. He is easy to get hold of and will answer any question you might have. He is a great guy to have in your corner during the bad times.

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18245 Paulson Drive
Port Charlotte, FL 33954
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