Bodiford's Cross Examination in a Nutshell is available from West Academic!  This new book will be available in law school bookstores across the country!


The Florida Criminal Cases Notebook by Joe Bodiford is available through James Publising.


Tallahassee native with statewide experience

Joe BodifordIn a criminal trial, your attorney's experience and expertise can make all the difference in protecting your rights and preserving your freedom.

With more than 22 years of criminal trial experience, attorney Joe Bodiford has the knowledge, expertise and resources to defend you in any type of criminal case. Based in Tallahassee, Bodiford Law, P.A., provides aggressive defense for people accused of all types of misdemeanors and felonies in Florida or federal courts.

Mr. Bodiford is a zealous and resourceful advocate who relies on his many years of experience in the courtroom to argue the clients' case for a wide range of civil and criminal practice areas, including:

How Our Experience Helps You

We believe that in any trial, the best strategy is one grounded in thorough research and implemented through an aggressive and well-executed litigation plan. At all stages of a criminal case, Joe Bodiford has the expertise and experience to prepare the strongest possible defense. Before starting his defense practice, Mr. Bodiford worked as a prosecutor, giving him insight into the other side of a criminal case.

Board Certified Criminal Trial LawyerMr. Bodiford is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer — a distinction awarded to less than one half of one percent of all attorneys in the state — and has also been board certified in criminal law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating, and has been selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers list.

An author of several criminal law publications, Mr. Bodiford teaches and has taught trial advocacy and Florida criminal procedure at Stetson University College of Law.  He also served as an adjunct professor of law at Florida State University College of Law, where he teaches trial skills and served as co-director of the trial team.

Discuss Your Case At A Free Consultation

Learn how we can help defend your rights and your future at a free initial consultation. To schedule a meeting, call our Tallahassee office at 850-222-4529 (for existing clients) and 850-583-7381 (for new clients) or send us a message through our online form.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.


A 35-year old company with a national reputation, eLEX Legal Publishers LLC specializes in evidence and procedure guides for trial lawyers. Order a copy today! Joe is the author and publisher of guides for Federal Courts and 21 states! As a National Board of Trial Advocacy certified lawyer, holder of an LL.M. in Advocacy, and published author, Joe's expertise and reputation can help you!

National Board of Trial AdvocacyJoe Bodiford is the author of:

  • The Florida Criminal Cases Notebook, James Publishing (2018)
  • "White Collar Crimes"; Business Litigation in Florida, Florida Bar CLE Manual (all editions, 2001 - 2017)
  • Cross Examination in a Nutshell, West Academic Publishing
  • "Cross-Examination in DUI Trial Advocacy", Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings, Aspatore Books (2015)
  • "DUI Discovery and DUI Trial Advocacy", Trends in DUI Discovery, Aspatore Books (2014)
  • Update Editor, Florida Traffic and DUI Practice Manual, Matthew Bender/LEXIS Publishing (2002 - 2003)
  • Numerous articles and op-ed pieces