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Criminal Lawyer in Tallahassee

Criminal lawyers in Tallahassee? Want to know who is the best? Compare Joe Bodiford to other attorneys!

Our founding attorney Joseph (Joe) C. Bodiford has been practicing law in Florida for more than 23 years, developing a record of success and recognition as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state. He is the only attorney in northern Florida with both state and national board certification in criminal law and holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Bodiford is well-known in courtrooms across the state, but his roots are in Tallahassee. A sixth-generation Floridian and a Tallahassee native, Mr. Bodiford is proud to serve his community by defending the rights and futures of people charged with all types of crimes, from simple drug possession to murder.

Your defense team at Bodiford Law, P.A., also includes attorney Gannon M. Coens, who served as a law clerk at our firm before becoming an associate in 2015. In addition to his work for Bodiford Law, P.A., he also interned at the state attorney’s office for the 2nd Judicial Circuit of Florida (Leon County) and has an intimate working knowledge of the courtroom.

Please follow the links below to learn more about our attorneys. We also invite you to view Mr. Bodiford’s resume and read more about our approach to your defense, as well as the philosophy that guides our firm’s practice.


Tallahassee Criminal Litigation Paralegal Education and Training Christine Rauh is our Litigation Paralegal.  She is a vital part of our Tallahassee, Leon County criminal defense team. Chris received her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University.  Chris majored in Information Management Science.  She worked as a Systems Analyst/Consultant in […]

The Experience Required For Complex Cases

The Florida criminal court system is complicated, and not all criminal lawyers can handle all types of criminal cases. We can. Mr. Bodiford is admitted to practice in Florida and in federal courts, including the Federal Middle District Court of Florida, the Federal Northern District of Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

A former assistant state attorney, Mr. Bodiford has tried over 100 jury trials and countless bench trials in both criminal and civil matters, including defending clients accused of all types of crimes in federal and Florida courts. He also has vast experience in criminal and civil appeals.

As an adjunct professor and co-director of the Trial Team at Florida State University College of Law, Mr. Bodiford developed a groundbreaking course on cross examination. He also teaches Florida Criminal Procedure and Trial Advocacy at Stetson University College of Law and has published extensively on criminal law topics.

Free Consultation with a Criminal Lawyer in Tallahassee

When your future is at stake, don’t wait until it’s too late to get the legal assistance you need. Call or text us anytime at 850-222-4529 (for a free, no-obligation consultation, or send us a message online. Whether you have just been arrested, want to appeal or need help expunging an existing record, we can help. We represent clients throughout Tallahassee, northern Florida and statewide.

*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.