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John P. Rutkowski

I have been practicing DUI and criminal law for the past twenty-seven years. Prior to practicing law I served as a deputy sheriff in Pinellas County Florida, spending two years on the DUI squad. I retired when I was admitted to law school.

Upon graduating law school I served as an Assistant State Attorney, leaving after two years, to open my own DUI and criminal defense practice. I have been practicing in those areas since 1997. Along with practicing DUI and criminal defense in state court, I practice DUI and criminal defense in the United States Federal District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida and Georgia along with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Practice areas:                              

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
  • Criminal Traffic Offenses
  • DUI Administrative Driver License Suspension Hearings
  • Administrative Hardship Driver License Hearings

Recent Blog Posts


  • Great Attorney

    Was able to secure a not guilty verdict in my child molestation case.
  • Highly recommend Mr. Rutkowski

    John represented my son on several criminal and misdemeanor charges. The goal was to not have my son lose his drivers license as it is needed for his work. John was successful in obtaining this objective. John was prompt to answer questions via telephone and email. He treated my son with respect ...
  • Won the case for early termination from probation

    He did great and now I can enjoy my life. I have learned and gained alot of info.
  • Totally Successful

    I really had my doubts at first but John did what he said he was going to do I am a Florida Resident who had a criminal case in Philadelphia, PA. John took my case and was totally successful getting everything cleared for me he has restored my faith in lawyers I would suggest to anyone reading th...
  • Knowledgeable, Responsive, Caring, Professional

    I retained Mr. Rutkowski to represent my son who is a freshman at university in Philadelphia. My son was falsely accused of inappropriate conduct with a female student. Mr. Rutkowski, who I knew was a former police officer, talked to the detective assigned my son's case and after he told her the ...
  • Incredible Lawyer

    John was an incredible lawyer. My fiancé and I hired him for 2 - 10 year old dui cases and a possession case. After dealing with a lawyer that made my fiancé and I feel like morons that didn't deserve his time he was a breath of fresh air. He took as much time as necessary to explain things to us...
  • Could be Trusted

    For almost 22 years i had an open bench warrant, these 22 years I had a life but was not living, being impressed by Mr. Rutkowski's, website and track record of helping good people who blundered, I contacted Mr. Rutkowski explained my situation, he immediately checked my background he noted it wa...
  • Really Invested Himself In My Case

    I put my faith in Mr. Rutkowski and I'm glad I did. He really invested himself into my case and everything worked out. He's also a pretty cool guy to chat with while waiting through hours of courtroom boredom.
  • Pleased with Outcome and Fees

    I had 2 prostitution charges from a few years ago when I was addicted to drugs and I never went to court. Since then I turned my life around and had to get the case taken care of. Mr. Rutkowski was eager to help and got my warrants lifted and case dismissed. I live in Maryland and didn't have to ...
  • Years of Experience - Great Fees

    Facing felony charges for assault required me to find a lawyer to defend my case. I found Mr. Rutkowski through a Google Search and setup a free consultation. He has years of law experience and other neighboring law offices can't match or beat his representation fees. Within several court visits ...
  • Very Knowledgeable

    John Rutkowski was very knowledgeable and thorough throughout my case. He was prompt and eager to help me with my resisting arrest charge. Being from another state, I knew nothing about PA laws. Mr. Rutkowski explained everything to me in detail throughout my court proceedings and kept me in the ...
  • Responded Immediately

    I had a drug possession misdemeanor from 4 years ago in Philadelphia and wanted to know if it was expungable since it's hard finding a job with a record. I found Mr. Rutkowski online and he responded immediately. It took him no time to look up my record and tell me that I can have it expunged and...
  • Vast knowledge and great passion

    I assisted a close family member of mine search for an attorney to represent her. After an exhaustive search we met with Mr. Rutkowski and discussed the "issues" we were impressed with his direct, honest approach to our case and decided to retain his services, best decision ever! Mr. Rutkowski wa...
  • Collections Case Dismissed

    John Rutkowski helped me with my case in which I was sued by a debt collection agency for a substantial amount of credit card debt. He knew just how to approach the court and got the outcome I needed. The case was dismissed by the debt collector. I could not have done it without his help. I would...
  • Experienced Professional

    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. Long & short Mr Rutkowski was able to find cracks in the case which led to a dismissal of all charges! John is a consummate professional who w...
  • Great Attorney

    September 13, 2017 John defended me in a mess that I got myself into last year. I was charged with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. I failed to show up for my original court hearing and was issued a bench warrant that I was eventually picked up on during that arrest I was ...
  • Only lawyer I would ever use!

    October 19, 2017 John was very knowledgeable about my case and the out come. He made me feel reassured that he was going to do the best job he could for me and he did. Knowing that he knew all sides of the law from start to finish was very comforting. I have recommended him to other people in si...

    April 12, 2018 I can't speak to Mr. Rutkowski's prior representations. What I can share was an, "Outstanding" experience. Meaning... upon my initial contact he took an extreme amount of time, over the phone, to understand my unique issues. Given those issues, we had an immediate meeting the foll...
  • Diligent Professional Caring

    May 18, 2018 Mr. John Rutkowski has represented my family's legal interests with upmost effectiveness, diligence and professionalism, but just as important, he has done so with a friendly and caring attitude. John is an excellent attorney and a good man. I recommend him without any reservation.

    I reached out to Mr. Rutkowski for some legal advice and I was comfortable with him and his advice. I retained Mr. Rutkowski to handle my court matter and he handled it professionally as expected. I would recommend Mr. Rutkowski to anyone . He truly does help out good people in bad times ..
  • Mr. Rutkowski did what he promised at the price he quoted

        September 10, 2018   I distrust attorneys! BUT Mr. Rutkowski did what he promised at the price he quoted. I kept waiting for a gotcha and NEVER received one. He is knowledgeable and helpful. I hope I never need him again. But if I do, he is the first person I will call. I highly recommend...
  • Amazing Attorney Highly Recommended

    John Rutkowski is an amazing attorney who knows what he's doing. I highly recommend him to anyone who's in need of an attorney.
  • Professional and Compassionate

    Mr. Rutkowski is professional and compassionate. He did excellent work on my case and got my charges reduced from felony to misdemeanor. I highly recommend his services .    
  • Great job John was able to get all charges dropped for my son

    John Rutkowski did a great job representing my son. My son was facing extensive jail time and John was able to get all charges dropped. John was very knowledgeable and professional. He also worked with me on a price that I could afford. I would highly recommend his law firm.
  • Gary Lee Gregory Recommends John P. Rutkowski

    Im a Licensed State of Florida Builder Developer for 20 years. I've had my share of working with Attorneys that sell it good, then you get burned. After several phone calls with Attorneys about my case, I found myself concerned and not confident that a “great” Attorney was really out there for my...
  • Duane Gwizdala Recommends John P. Rutkowski

    I did quite a bit of research trying to find the best attorney for my case. That is why I chose Mr. Rutkowski and found after the case was done I was correct in my choice. My case was dismissed and prior to the case I didn't think that would be a viable outcome. Mr. Rutkowski has an incredible ba...
  • Honest, Experienced and does what he say's he will do

    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.
  • STRONGLY recommend

    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,...


Put Mr. Rutkowski's twenty-seven years experience practicing in the areas of DUI, BUI, Administrative Driver License Suspension Hearings, Administrative Hardship License Hearings and Criminal Traffic. Contact Mr. Rutkowski today for a free telephone consultation.

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