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Kathleen McCleary Bogenschutz

Sex crime Attorney at Tallahassee, FL

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also known as Katie

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2009
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After 12 years as a prosecutor, 8 specializing in sex crimes, 1 in gun crimes, I moved to criminal defense.  Tallahassee and surrounding counties.  120+ jury trials.

I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where I graduated Pine Crest Preparatory School with both AP and National Merit honors. I attended William and Mary for college where I was active in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and multiple other on-campus groups.

At Nova Southeastern University Law School, I co-founded the Criminal Law Society, competed on 3 trial teams and one Moot Court team, and received the highest grade (book award) in Criminal Procedure. In my third year, I was a certified legal intern at the Broward State Attorney’s Office, trying six jury trials before she graduated law school.

Following my bar passage in the Fall of 2009, I was hired at the Broward State Attorney’s Office. Over the nearly-nine years I spent there, I handled and tried a litany of criminal charges. After four years prosecuting general crimes (DUIs through and including attempted murder), I was promoted to the specialized sex crimes and child abuse unit where I stayed for over four years. The cases in this unit were often high profile, and covered in both local and national news. Always interested in the sciences, I became highly proficient in DNA evidence as well as toxicology while assigned to the sex crimes and child abuse unit. As a special assignment, I managed to gain an indictment on an extremely high profile child homicide case despite the Medical Examiner official opinion of an “undetermined cause of death” after retaining experts in a rare genetic disorder. I finished my eight year tenure in Broward in the 10-20-Life (“gun” unit), where I presented ballistic and medical evidence in court handling both attempted and completed homicide cases. I am well-versed in all manner of forensic evidence, particularly those that relate to violent crimes and blood chemistry.

Upon moving to Tallahassee, I was barred in both the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and joined the State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit. In the three years Ispent there, Iwas designated to prosecute approximately one quarter of the sex crimes that occurred in Leon County, which is the home of both Florida State University and Florida A&M University. Ialso handled numerous homicides and attempted homicides during my tenure.

In addition to my caseload, Ivolunteered to teach continuing education classes to prosecutors around the state on the topics of domestic violence and sex crimes. To date, I have handled thousands of cases in multiple jurisdictions and tried over 130 jury trials to verdict. I am proficient in motion practice and have handled and won at least four complicated “Stand Your Ground” motions. As my firm’s “resident millennial,” I am technologically proficient, a talent honed even further with the utilization of cell phone and computer evidence at trial in recent years.

In April 2021, I was recruited to join Jansen & Davis after spending the first twelve years of my career as a prosecutor. I live in Tallahassee with my husband, two dogs, and two cats. I enjoy outdoor activities including kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and chasing my puppy through the neighbors' backyards.

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Jansen & Davis, P.A.
125 N. Franklin Blvd
Tallahassee, FL, 32301

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Posted by Veronica | March 9, 2022
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Kathleen was so helpful! Communicated everything to me, and helped me understand the process. Best possible outcome for my case thanks to her. I definitely recommend!
Posted by Tony | March 8, 2022
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Facing Criminal Charges?
If you are facing criminal charges, do not rely on a public defender. The prosecutors are nasty narcissists that do not care about probable cause or what the law says. They just want to beat you down till you take a plea. In my case, I knew there was no probable cause and Wakulla County Sheriffs Office was just retaliating because we sued them months prior. When we found out we were under investigation we immediately hired Jansen & Davis. As Detective Hudson conducted her witch hunt to find anything to get us on, she relied on a warrant full of half-truths and omissions of actual statutes to trick Judge Flury into signing off on it. Katie Bogenschutz was put in charge of my case. Once she depositioned the detective who all but admitted she had no probable cause, the prosecutors tried one last ditch effort to get me to plea (even though they knew I was wrongfully arrested, because state attorneys are pieces of ____.) When we told them to pound sand, they finally dropped the charges. Wakulla Sheriffs did not care if I took a plea or got off, to them the Process is the Punishment. Kudos to Katie for believing in me and my family and getting the state to drop the bogus charges.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Jansen & Davis
  • 2021 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office of the State Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office of the State Attorney, 17th Judicial Circuit
  • 2009 - 2018


  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009


  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Book Award, Criminal Procedure
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • FPAA Conference
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2020
  • FPAA Sex Crimes Conference
  • Esoteric Sex Crimes
  • 2019

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Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Friend
"Kathleen is a zealous advocate for her clients and her knowledge of subtle nuances in the law help her win cases and get the best result for her clients. As a former prosecutor, she is able to tackle legal arguments and motions from different angles to ensure she gets the best result for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bogenschutz is an experienced litigator with extensive experience in criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katie and I worked together for many years. She is one of the most prepared, skilled, and zealous advocates I have ever met. She pays attention to detail and doesn’t back down. She knows how to get along with lawyers on both sides of a case as well as the judge. She answers phone calls and emails immediately. You will always know what is going on with your case. She will give you A+ representation."
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