Bodiford, Joseph C.

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Address: 501 E. Tennessee St. Suite B, Tallahassee, FL 32308
Lawyer Firm: Bodiford Law, P.A.
Phone: 850-222-4529

Areas of Practice Criminal Defense, Criminal Appeals and Post-conviction

Joe Bodiford, is a criminal defense EXPERT. He is a Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer – that distinction is awarded to less than 1/2 of 1% of all Florida lawyers. Mr. Bodiford is also Board Certified in Criminal Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

He is also AV* rated (the highest) by national lawyer rating service Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Bodiford has been chosen as a Florida "SuperLawyer" and one of Florida Trend’s "Legal Elite" based on voting by other attorneys.

Mr. Bodiford is an adjunct professor of law at Stetson University College of Law, where he teaches Florida Criminal Procedure and Trial Advocacy.

Why should you hire Joe? Because he has the experience, the knowledge, the expertise, and the resources to help. There is virtually no case or charge that he has not previously defended, and no issue that he has not dealt with in court. After 18 years in the criminal courts, there is no case he is not perfectly suited to handle!

With over 18 years of criminal trial experience, and having tried over 100 actual jury trials, Joe Bodiford has to skills and expertise to help you.

Combine that with the fact that Joe is a former Pasco County and Tampa prosecutor, a nationally recognized TV legal commentator, a noted seminar lecturer, and a law professor at Stetson Law (the top-rated trial school in the nation) . . . no one could be more qualified to handle your case.

Areas of Interest & Research

Trial advocacyTrial advocacy teacher trainingRace issues in criminal trial advocacyLinguistic/translation issues as related to trial advocacyThe effectiveness of minimum mandatory sentencesEthics in criminal trial advocacy


Criminal defense attorney (February 1999 – present)

Board Certified, Criminal Trial Law (by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Education andSpecialization, 2003 – present)Board Certified, Criminal Law (by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (a division ofthe National Board of Legal Specialty Certification)AV* rated by Martindale-HubbellFlorida Trend’s Legal Elite (2012, 2013)Florida SuperLawyer (2008, 2009)AVVO rated 10 (“Superb”); Recipient of “Client’s Choice” (2012, 2013)Joseph Bodiford, page 2 of 3Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers (Criminal Defense), Tampa Bay Magazine (2010, 2012)Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (2008 – present)American Society of Legal Advocates “Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Florida”(2013)The National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”Over 100 jury trials, countless non-jury trials and motionsAppearances in Federal and state courts, on all types of charges/cases, criminal and civil

Adjunct Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida

Florida Criminal Procedure (Spring 2012 – present)Trial Advocacy (Spring 2010, Spring 2011)Legal Drafting (Fall 2009)Survey of Florida Law (Florida Criminal Procedure, Premises Liability)

Assistant State Attorney

Office of the State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit, May 1997 – February 1999Office of the State Attorney, 6th Judicial Circuit, December 1995 – May 1997

Media appearances as commentator

Headline News (HLN)Court TV ("Trial Heat," "Open Court" – live in-studio in New York, "Catherine Crier" -live on location; many appearances outside courtrooms around Florida)"Nancy Grace" (CNN)"The O’Reilly Factor" (FOXNews – TV and radio appearances)"Studio B with Shepard Smith" (FOX) (via satellite and live in Studio in New York)"Big Story" and "Big Story Weekend" (FOX)CNN InternationalNews Channel 10 (Tampa/St. Petersburg)News Channel 8 (Tampa)BayNews 9970 WFLA (Tampa)"Kathy Fountain", News Channel 13 (FOX – Tampa)Numerous local and national radio interviews/commentaryRegularly called upon for commentary in nationwide print/online media

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