Joseph C Bodiford

Criminal Defense

About Joseph C Bodiford

JOSEPH C. BODIFORD is a Tallahassee native and sixth-generation descendant of Florida pioneers. He is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar, and Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Bodiford earned his J.D. and LL.M. in Advocacy (with distinction) from Stetson University College of Law. He is AV*-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been elected as one of Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” and a Florida “SuperLawyer”. Mr. Bodiford is an experienced criminal defense attorney, having tried over a hundred of jury trials from both sides of the court¬room. He is a former felony prosecutor who has dedicated his private practice to criminal trials and appeals since 1999. He is a Lifetime Member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Bodiford is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, all Florida state courts, and the Federal Northern and Middle Districts of Florida. In addition to his active criminal defense practice, Mr. Bodiford is an Adjunct Professor at Stetson Law in both the J.D. (Florida Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Cross Examination) and LL.M in Advocacy (Advanced Advocacy) programs. He also served as an adjunct at the Florida State University College of Law (Cross Examination). He was co-director of the FSU Law Trial Team, who won three national competitions in two years under his direction and coaching. An active legal researcher and writer, he is the author of A Short & Happy Guide to Trial Advocacy (West Academic Publishing, expected 2021), Cross Examination in a Nutshell, (West Academic Publishing, 2018), the chapter “Cross-Examination in DUI Trial Advocacy” in Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings (Aspatore Books, 2015), the chapter “DUI Discovery and DUI Trial Advocacy” in Trends in DUI Discovery (Aspatore Books 2014), and the chapter “White Collar Crimes” in the Florida Bar’s Civil Litigation Handbook (all editions 2000 to present). He has served as the update editor of LEXIS/Matthew Bender’s Florida Traffic and DUI Practice Manual, and was the research assistant for the Florida Evidence Courtroom Manual. Mr. Bodiford is the owner eLEX Publishers, who publish evidence and procedure summary trial guides nationwide. Mr. Bodiford has also been published in criminal defense journals, op eds, and online. He is called upon regularly for legal commentary on national TV and radio, and has appeared on CNN, CNN International, MSNBC, and FOX. He regularly presents CLEs for attorneys on a variety of topics. Mr. Bodiford holds a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance, and was the winner of the prestigious National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. He has toured the United States and Europe as a classical trumpeter, and has performed with orchestras and brass ensembles all over Florida.

Firm Detail

Firm Name

Bodiford Law


2109 Centre Pointe Blvd # 102 Tallahassee FL 32308

Law Firm

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense,DUI-DWI,Drug & Alcohol Violations,White Collar Crimes,Sex Offenses

Law School (Graduated)

Stetson University College of Law 1995

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