The Law Office of Chris Beardslee

The Law Office of Chris Beardslee

Experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights and who won't hide behind a receptionist when you need to talk. Trial work as a public defender and private attorney on cases ranging from minor offenses through life felonies.

Firm Overview

Main Office
Main Office
403 84th Avenue
St. Pete Beach  FL  33706
Phone
  • 727-310-1975
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Free Initial Consultation
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Fixed fees; hourly rates available upon client request
Hourly Rates
Situational depending on type of case and staff member performing work requested

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English; Russian by appointment
Criminal Defense
Firm practices exclusively criminal defense law in both the State and Federal Courts of Florida. Representation given in thousands of criminal defense cases with experience proceeding to jury trial through verdict.
Attorney Chris Beardslee has handled thousands of criminal cases across multiple circuits in Florida. Experience representing clients in misdemeanor cases of DUI, Battery, Assault, Theft, Driving While Licenses Suspended or Revoked and Possession of Marijuana with jury trials through verdict in each of these type of cases.

Further experience representing clients in felony cases of drug trafficking, sales and possession of narcotics, capital sexual battery, non-capital sexual battery, lewd and lascivious molestation charges, possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, fraud cases, robbery, grand theft, carjacking, burglary of a dwelling/conveyance/structure with assault or battery, domestic violence, armed robbery, armed burglary, felony DUI, DUI Manslaughter, resisting arrest with violence, firearms offenses and numerous other felony charges.

Attorney Chris Beardslee has represented clients through resolution, whether by plea or by trial, in Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Nassau, Duval, Clay, Baker, Bradford, St. John's, Flagler, Putnam, Volusia, Orange, Polk, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Brevard and Pasco counties as well as before the Federal Middle District of Florida. He is a former public defender with experience as a trial attorney and in working to resolve cases with various State Attorney offices on an on-going basis. He has always practiced law from the defense perspective and has been successful in challenging State Attorney's practices and violations of client's rights.

Attorney Chris Beardslee continuous improves his knowledge of criminal law through continuing education classes and seminars focused on violent crime, narcotics investigations, and various advanced education programs by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar. He is a graduate of the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Course and is knowledgeable with every edition of the NHTSA manual in attacking DUI investigations. He has participated in Intoxilyzer 8000 workshops and is familiar with both the criminal and administrative aspects in all DUI cases.

Chris Beardslee was enlisted in the United States Navy for 5 years having completed four deployments to Japan(2x), Germany and Afghanistan in support of ground operations. Upon being Honorably Discharged, he attended law school at The Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, he clerked for a prominent criminal defense lawyer and was elected President of the Florida State University College of Law Trial Team. Chris continues to serve as a member of FSU College of Law Alumni Board by Presidential appointment. Chris has passed the bar exams in both Florida and Colorado and is licensed to practice in both states.

Chris is a member of The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National College of DUI Defense, The Florida Bar and The Colorado bar.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I have always been drawn to criminal law from my first days of law school as I feel it is by far the most important area of law. Rather than bickering over money or inflated legal bills, it is about justice and a person's freedom. Criminal law involves the most important aspects of our Constitution. As a former public defender I am readily familiar with the rigors and stresses that go into defending someone when the State has unlimited resources to ensure a conviction. I am empathetic towards my clients and do not judge them for the actions they have allegedly committed. My focus is on holding the government accountable in their actions and zealously representing my clients to achieve the best possible outcome in their case. I am at home in a courtroom and enjoy trials as the "best part of the job".

The criminal justice system is stacked against the Defendant in that the State or the Federal Government has unchecked resources at their disposal. Defendants need an attorney who knows how to professionally negotiate with the prosecution when needed and when to take the gloves off and fight tooth and nail if needed and who knows what approach to take in a given case.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes; on a case by case basis. Other law offices have hired me to consult on cases and to handle depositions or administrative hearings or to have me handle certain witnesses during a trial without being the primary counsel of record. I am also available to assist on areas of a case that the client is not currently represented on or if it is outside the scope of their current representation.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Having always practiced from the defense side gives me perspective in empathizing with clients and in knowing which defenses work and which do not. Many criminal defense lawyers emphasize that they are a "former prosecutor". While they no doubt have vast experience in prosecuting these types of cases, these are the same people that put Defendants like yourself in jail or prison and were unwilling to negotiate then the evidence was heavily in their favor. These are the same people that may have refused to believe a viable defense when presented to them and now are tasked with asserting those same defenses with their former peers with a straight face. Many leave the prosecutor's office not because they have a genuine passion for representing the accused and standing up for a citizens constitutional Rights, but because it simply pays better. As a former member of the US Navy, I am familiar with serving something greater than yourself. I look at each of my client's as an opportunity to serve their needs ahead of my own and empathize with their situation when it often feels no one else is on their side.

I have been through the same training courses the police officers go through in terms of evidence collection as well as field sobriety testing in DUI cases. I believe any lawyer representing DUI cases who has not completed the NHTSA course on Field Sobriety Exercises, or has experience in the workings and actual operation of the Intoxilyzer 8000, is bordering on malpractice as it is absolutely essential to understand when attacking the State's evidence and understanding the State's reasons for making an arrest.

Chris Beardslee

Attorney Chris Beardslee has handled thousands of criminal cases across multiple circuits in Florida. Experience representing clients in misdemeanor cases of DUI, Battery, Assault, Theft, Driving While Licenses Suspended or Revoked and Possession of Marijuana with jury trials through verdict in each type of case.

Further experience representing clients in felony cases of drug trafficking, sales and possession of narcotics, capital sexual battery, non-capital sexual battery, lewd and lascivious molestation charges, fraud cases, robbery, grand theft, carjacking, Burglary of Dwelling/Conveyance/Structure with assault or battery, domestic violence, armed robbery, armed burglary, felony DUI, DUI Manslaughter, resisting arrest with violence, firearms offenses and numerous other felony charges.

Attorney Chris Beardslee has represented clients through resolution, whether by plea or by trial, in Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Nassau, Duval, Clay, Baker, Bradford, St. John's, Flagler, Putnam, Volusia, Orange, Polk, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Brevard and Pasco counties as well as before the Federal Middle District of Florida. He is a former public defender with experience as trial attorney and in working to resolve cases with various State Attorney offices on an on-going basis. He has always practiced law from the defense perspective and has been successful in challenging State Attorney's practices and violations of client's rights.

Attorney Chris Beardslee continuous improves his knowledge of criminal law through continuing education classes and seminars focused on violent crime, narcotics investigations, and various advanced education programs by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar. He is a graduate of the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Course and is knowledgeable with every edition of the NHTSA manual in attacking DUI investigations. He has participated in Intoxilyzer 8000 workshops and is familiar with both the criminal and administrative aspects in all DUI cases.

Chris Beardslee was enlisted in the United States Navy for 5 years having completed four deployments to Japan(2x), Germany and Afghanistan in support of ground operations. Upon being Honorably Discharged, he attended law school at The Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, he clerked for a prominent criminal defense lawyer and was elected President of the Florida State University College of Law Trial Team. Chris continues to serve as a member of FSU College of Law Alumni Board by Presidential appointment. Chris has passed the bar exams in both Florida and Colorado and is licensed to practice in both states.

Chris is a member of The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's, The National College of DUI Defense, The Florida Bar and The Colorado bar.
License
  • Bar Number: 102530
    Florida
  • Bar Number: 47960
    Colorado
Education
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
    Professional Aeronautics
  • The Florida State University College of Law
    Juris Doctor
    President of Florida State College of Law Trial Team
    Certified Legal Intern through The Florida Supreme Court

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