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Joseph Cameron Bodiford

also known as Joe Bodiford, Joseph Bodiford

About me

Small town boy, big city lawyer

I was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida.  I'm a sixth-generation Floridian and the great-great-great-grandson of a Florida pioneer (as recognized by the Florida State Genealogical Society).  I love this State and its people.  I have dedicated my practice to representing people charged with crimes, or appealing a conviction.


Tallahassee criminal defense attorney

I am Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar, Board Certified in Criminal Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, AVVO rated "10", AV*-rated by Martindale-Hubbel.  I am a former  prosecutor.  I am an adjunct professor of law at Stetson Law, where I teach Trial Advocacy, Florida Criminal Procedure, Survey of Florida Law (Criminal Procedure, Premises Liability), and Legal Drafting.


Criminal defense lawyer in Tallahassee


I have 18 years of experience, and have been a criminal defense attorney since 1999.  I have tried over 120 jury trials, and am accomplished trial advocate.  Being Board Certified allows me to say that I am an EXPERT in criminal trial law.  I am looking forward to speaking with you, and discussing how I can help you with your Tallahassee criminal defense case.


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If you need a Tallahassee or Leon County criminal attorney, Tallahassee criminal lawyer, Leon County defense attorney, Tallahassee defense lawyer, please give me a call.  Consultations are always complimentary, and at no charge!


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    19 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Appeals: 35%



Hourly ($375-500/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

27 total 

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  • Johanne Valois-Shoffstall

    Joe Bodiford is the kind of criminal defense attorney I would hire for myself, God forbid I ever needed one! He is ethical and extremely caring. He goes the extra mile to prepare his cases. He is creative and is not afraid to run ideas by others and listen to what we have to say so that he may assess whether there is room for improvement to any given strategy. For Joe Bodiford, the client definitely comes first and the best representation is the only service offered.


    Johanne Valois-Shoffstall Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer. As a prosecutor, I had the privilege of trying a very complex drug trafficking case against Joe and was so impressed with his level of professionalism and depth of knowledge about the law. He was truly a pleasure to work with and I would absolutely recommend Joe to anyone seeking an intelligent, articulate, and personable attorney.


    Tracey Sticco
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter


FLMember in Good Standing199609/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Tampa Bay's Top LawyersTampa Bay Magazine2010
SuperLawyer 2009SuperLawyer2009
SuperLawyer 2008SuperLawyer2008
Meritorious Public Service CertificateThe Florida Bar2008
Re-certification in Criminal Trial LawFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2008
Board Certification, Criminal Trial LawFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor and Trial Team Co-directorFlorida State University College Of Law2015 - Present
Board Certified Criminal Trial LawyerBodiford Law, P.A.1999 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorStetson University College of Law2009 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tallahassee Bar AssociationN/A2014 - Present
William H. Stafford American Inn of CourtMaster2014 - Present
Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDirector2001 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1999 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Florida v. Benjamin SmithMurder conviction SET ASIDE
Andre Bryant v. State of FloridaCase about jury instructions.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Business Litigation in Florida, Sixth Ed.Chapter 22: "White Collar Crimes"2010
The Defender (Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)"Beware of the BLAWG"2009
The Defender (Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)"The 3:32am sleep lawyer's guide to answering the 24/7 line"2009
Business Litigation in Florida, Fifth Ed.Chapter 22: "White-collar Crimes" (renamed)2005
Traffic and DUI Manual(Editor)2002
Business Litigation in Florida, Fourth Ed.Chapter 22: "Business Crimes"2001
Florida Evidence Courtroom Manual (Eleazer)(Research assistant)1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawAdvocacyLL.M - Master of Laws2014
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Florida State UniversityMusicM.M. - Masters in Trumpet Performance1993
Florida State UniversityMusicB.A., Music1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Public Defender Training SeminarEthics in Handling Criminal Cases2011
Law School for PhysiciansStrategies for Defense of Pill Mill Cases2011
Handling First DUI CaseClient Intake, The Basics of DUI Science (DUI Cases)2011
FSIPP Annual Meeting"Defense strategies for "Pill Mill" Cases"2011
First Domestic Violence CaseClient Intake, The Law and Consequences (DV Cases)2011
Basic Criminal LawCriminal Representation in Florida2011
Advocacy Resource Center (ARC)Ethics in Criminal Cases2010
"If your client is arrested . . . "Intro to criminal law for civil attorneys2010
"If Your Client Gets Arrested . . . "Criminal law2010
"Drinking, Drving, and Your Career"DUI and law students2010
"Criminal Appeals" Bridging the Gap from Trial to Appeal"Criminal Appeals; criminal law2010
Basic Criminal LawDUI Defense; The Basics of Criminal Defense2009
Basic Criminal LawThe Basics of Criminal Defense2008
Criminal PracticeCriminal Appeals2007