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Joseph C. Bodiford | Tallahassee Criminal Lawyer | Florida

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Joseph C. Bodiford

Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer

Criminal, DUI-DWI, Felony, Misdemeanor, Criminal Appeals & Post-Conviction

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Less than half of 1% of all Florida attorneys are board certified Criminal Trial Lawyers - and only a handful are Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the NATIONAL Board of Trial Advocacy. Tallahassee Criminal Defense Attorney Joe Bodiford is one of those attorneys. He worked to gain that certification because he believes that clients deserve a defense that is both robust and thorough - and know they have an attorney they can count on.

If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, life suddenly changes. Tallahassee Criminal Attorney Joe Bodiford believes in using his legal expertise his clients as vigorous a defense as he would provide to his own friends and family. Don’t you want someone not only has the will, but the know-how to defend you in your time of need?

Education and Experience:
Mr. Bodiford earned his B.A. and M.M. from Florida State University and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.  He is currently working on an LL.M. degree (Master's in Law) in Trial Advocacy  at Stetson.

He is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education.  He is also Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Bodiford is also a former assistant state attorney for Hillsborough and Pasco counties, where he prosecuted virtually every crime from DUI to murder.

Mr. Bodiford remains involved with Stetson University College of Law as an adjunct professor, where he teaches:
Trial Advocacy
Florida Criminal Procedure
Legal Drafting

He will also be serving as an adjunct professor at the Florida State University College of Law, teaching Advanced Criminal Pre-Trial Practice.

Over the course of his career, he has tried over 100 jury trials and countless bench trials in both criminal and civil matters. He can represent clients in both federal and Florida courts.

Practice Areas:
A sixth-generation Floridian, Mr. Bodiford has devoted his career to the citizens of Florida. He is familiar with the issues Floridians face and has developed a thorough knowledge of the law and court system. Mr. Bodiford has defended individuals facing a variety of criminal charges including:

DUI
Drug charges, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, and prescription drugs
Violations of probation
Violent Crimes, including murder, arson, assault, and battery
White Collar crime, including fraud and embezzlement
Personal

Position Organization Location Duration
Adjust Professor Law Stetson University College of Law N/A 2009-Present
Criminal Trial & Appellate Lawyer Bodiford Law, P.A. Tampa, Florida 1999-Present
Assistant State Attorney Office of the State Attorney Tampa, Florida 1997-1999
School Degree Major Graduation
Stetson University College of Law J.D. Law School 1995
Stetson University College of Law L.L.M. Law 2014 (expected)
Stetson University College of Law J.D. Law 1995
Florida State University M.M. Music, Trumpet Performance 1993
Florida State University B.A. Music 1991
State / Court Date
Florida 1996
  • Member of the Florida State Bar Association (1996-Present)
    Director of Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2001–Present)
    Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1999–Present)
  • Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers, Tampa Bay Magazine (2010)
    SuperLawyer (2009)
    SuperLawyer (2008)
    Meritorious Public Service Certificate, The Florida Bar (2008)
    Re-certification in Criminal Trial Law, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education (2008)
    Board Certification, Criminal Trial Law, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education (2003)
  • Jones v. State
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Nov 07, 2011
    Outcome: REVERSED

    Ziegler v. State
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Oct 27, 2011
    Outcome: REVERSED

    State v. Lefever
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Oct 26, 2011
    Outcome: NOT GUILTY

    State v. Sulieman
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Mar 16, 2010
    Outcome: JURY TRIAL: NOT GUILTY AND LESSERS

    Andre Bryant v. State of Florida
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Feb 26, 2010
    Outcome: Case about jury instructions.

    Robinson v. State
    Practice Area: Appeals
    Date: Feb 01, 2008
    Outcome: Denial of post-conviction motion REVERSED

    State v. Dossey
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Outcome: MOTION TO DISMISS GRANTED

    State v. Lucas
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Outcome: CASE DISMISSED AFTER MOTION TO SUPPRESS GRANTED


    State v. Weller
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Outcome: CASE DISMISSED AFTER MOTION TO SUPPRESS

    State of Florida v. Benjamin Smith
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Outcome: Murder conviction SET ASIDE

  • Chapter 22: "White Collar Crimes," Business Litigation in Florida, Sixth Ed. (2010)
    "Beware of the BLAWG," The Defender (Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2009)
    "The 3:32am sleep lawyer's guide to answering the 24/7 line,"        The Defender (Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2009)
    Chapter 22: "White-collar Crimes" (renamed)        Business Litigation in Florida, Fifth Ed. (2005)
    (Editor), Traffic and DUI Manual (2002)
    Chapter 22: "Business Crimes"        Business Litigation in Florida, Fourth Ed. (2001)

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(1996) Licensed as Attorney in Florida. Verified with Florida Bar Association. April 18, 2014

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Fee:Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes), Hourly ($375-$500/hour), Pro Bono (5%), Retainer (Always)

Service Type:Private

Language:English


MAIN LOCATION

553 E Tennessee St
Ste J
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Other Locations:
  • Mr. Bodiford accepts cases throughout North and Central Florida.  Depending on the area and the situation, he can arrange to meet you in Tampa.  Please contact the office for more details.

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