About the Firm

Carter Hillstrom is a Florida Bar board certified criminal trial expert, and a former prosecutor and journalist. When good people find themselves in bad legal situations, Carter is committed to helping those people keep their liberties and reputation intact.

flatscreen250_bWe take a “crisis management” approach to criminal law, utilizing Carter’s extensive criminal law and public relations background to help ordinary people accused by the government of wrongdoing. We approach each case on two fronts: ensuring our clients’ constitutional rights and freedoms are protected, and portraying clients in the best possible light to judges, prosecutors and juries. We hold the government to its obligation to prove a client’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, but also recognize the possibility that clients may someday find themselves at the mercy of the court. This two-pronged approach is a unique way to keep an ordinary person’s freedom and reputation from being taken away by the government. Failing to take all possible steps to protect an individual’s reputation throughout the criminal justice process can have enormously adverse impacts in the future, particularly in the area of employment.

Prior to establishing his criminal practice, Carter served as an Assistant State Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The first attorney in his class to be promoted, he quickly rose through the ranks of the State Attorney’s Office, prosecuting such serious crimes as murder-for-hire, drug trafficking, attempted murder and armed robbery. Carter successfully prosecuted several high-profile cases, and tried nearly 100 jury trials to verdict. After being honored as the felony prosecutor with the most “career criminal convictions,” he was promoted to the elite Economic Crime Unit, where he handled complex white collar crimes.

Carter attended law school at St. Thomas University, on a full academic scholarship. Carter edited the St. Thomas Law Review, served internships with an appellate judge and the Office of the State Attorney, and graduated a semester early.

Carter received his undergraduate education at the University of Florida, earning a degree in journalism. While at U.F., Carter was involved in Student Government, Interfraternity Council and Gator Growl, and served as president of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Between U.F. and law school, Carter worked as a journalist, producing interactive news for a major New York cable conglomerate, then for a local television station in Tampa. Carter also worked as a freelance journalist and independent public relations consultant while in law school.