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Defending The Bay Since 2016


Chris Beardslee is an experienced criminal defense attorney based in Tampa, FL, with a diverse background in handling various criminal cases, including DUIs, drug charges, assault and battery, theft, criminal traffic offenses, sealings and expungements, veterans treatment court, juvenile defense, and more. As a former US Navy Petty Officer, he brings a unique perspective and understanding of the challenges veterans may face. His extensive knowledge of criminal procedure and case law has resulted in numerous dismissals and reduced charges on serious offenses, making him a trusted advocate for his clients.

Tampa Bay Criminal Defense Attorney Chris Beardslee


A Focus on Results

Our impressive track record reflects our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional criminal defense results and client satisfaction. Since 2016, we’ve proudly served our community, defending the bay and making a significant impact in the Tampa Bay area as a criminal defense attorney. Our mission, “Defend the Bay,” underpins our work, resonating in every aspect of our services. This legacy of service and success is illuminated through the stories of those we’ve had the privilege to assist. Their firsthand accounts below provide insight into the transformative power of our dedicated and personalized legal defense approach. These narratives highlight the influence of our commitment, skills, and resolute efforts on their cases.

Law You Can Understand

At the Law Office of Chris Beardslee, our criminal defense attorney, Chris Beardslee, is committed to offering assistance in clear and understandable terms. If you’re unsure about your choices, don’t hesitate to contact us – we strive to offer explanations that resonate with you. Chris has curated videos, county-specific insights, details about different criminal charges, BAR-related information, and more on our website for your convenience. Explore our criminal defense YouTube videos through the link below.

Get Started Today

Don’t wait! Contact us for a free phone consultation, and embark on a journey that starts with a thorough assessment of your circumstances. During this vital consultation, Chris Beardslee, our criminal defense lawyer, will work with you to uncover the details and explore how he can assist you. This initial step sets the stage for crafting a personalized strategy, merging legal expertise and your insights. If you’re in need of a DUI lawyer or criminal defense attorney, Chris will guide you in identifying your best next steps. The sooner you have a plan in place, the greater your chances of achieving the results you desire.

  • I hired Mr Beardslee and received not only the greatest advice but the greatest service as well. I can't say enough good things about this Attorney, not only because that I was very satisfied with my outcome but also because of the fact that he actually cared and communicated in every way. If you need a great Attorney, I highly suggest this gentleman.

    Calvin Baker Avatar Calvin Baker
    February 21, 2024

    I have known Chris since I was a law student and he had just moved to the St. Pete area. Chris has been a valuable mentor to me and I know him to be an ethical and professional attorney. Chris actually cares about his clients and always does the right thing under the law. I have personally seen him achieve impressive results in court through both negotiations and legal argument. Definitely a solid choice in legal representation!

    Catherine Henry Avatar Catherine Henry
    February 5, 2024

    If you are looking for an attorney who can get the job done in Tampa, don't look further than Chris Beardslee, Esq. While I was abroad and unable to attend Court, he took care of everything and in the end managed to have my whole case dismissed. Forever grateful.

    Jô Maltese Avatar Jô Maltese
    November 25, 2023
  • Chris has been the most amazing Lawyer ever! Anytime I need something he is there to help every step of the way! I refer him to all my friends and family and he takes care of them as well.

    Stephanie Erickson Avatar Stephanie Erickson
    October 31, 2023

    Chris helped me through the most trying and humbling time of my life. He was not only informative but supporting.

    Toni Jean Avatar Toni Jean
    September 10, 2023

    Chris was thorough and very attentive to my situation. He consistently kept me updated and informed me of what to expect next. He made my legal issue much easier to deal with and was very supportive throughout the process. Very highly recommend Chris to fight for you. His knowledge, experience & compassion are exactly what was needed. Thanks Chris !!

    Kurt Graff Avatar Kurt Graff
    September 9, 2023
  • Our experience with The Law Office of Chris Beardslee was absolutely fantastic. From first encounter to complete resolution Chris was informative, through and committed to our legal needs. I will add that for the Veteran community, Mr. Breardslee is a strong and knowledgeable advocate. We highly recommend The Law Office of Chris Beardslee.

    Previn Martin Avatar Previn Martin
    September 7, 2023

    I don’t know where to begin! My Journey with Mr. Beardslee was absolutely amazing. Even in a very tough situation, He made me feel on top of everything like I could get through anything. I couldn’t imagine where I would have been without his Help in my case. His communication with his clients and hard work is 100% effortless . I would recommend him to anyone. Thanks for everything Chris.

    Erica Perryman Avatar Erica Perryman
    September 7, 2023

    I couldn't have asked for better representation. A strong advocate, intelligent, and passionate. I am grateful and appreciative.

    Camellia Simmons Avatar Camellia Simmons
    September 7, 2023
  • Mr Beardslee was a beacon of hope to my family at a time when our options appeared limited . He is an amazing lawyer.From our first meeting, he explained everything to me in terms I could easily understand and was always very responsive when I had questions outside of our meetings. He is knowledgeable, intelligent, confident, and passionate about his client cases.If you are looking for a lawyer that truly cares , understands and is willing to go above and beyond to help than Chris is the man for the Job Me and my family are thankful for the excellent representation.

    Marsida Xhixha Avatar Marsida Xhixha
    September 7, 2023

    Chris, is the absolute best. He helped me from day one he was patient and understood me and what I was going through. He reassured me with every step of my case and explained everything to me. I felt safe and secure with him as my lawyer. I’m so thank full to him.

    Annette Avatar Annette
    September 7, 2023

    What can I say, Chris was the light in a very dark tunnel. Really helped me through some tough times. Chris is also very professional and knowledgeable in his field. He answered all my questions and returned my phone calls ASAP. He was more like a friend when I needed one. Thank you Chris Mark Palu

    mark palu Avatar mark palu
    September 7, 2023
  • I highly recommend Chris Beardslee for your legal needs.

    Linda L Avatar Linda L
    September 7, 2023

    My lawyer, Chris Beardslee was not only my lawyer but he was genuinely concerned for my well-being; helping me navigate the justice system and becoming an important confidante. He kept me updated on all aspects of my case and ensured that I was clear about what next steps were and how everything was going along the way. A genuinely caring person and counselor. I will seek his guidance and expertise well into the future.

    Carolyn Lawson Avatar Carolyn Lawson
    September 7, 2023

    One of the most helpful and respectful lawyers around. I have called him with off subject questions and he is right there with a helping hand. I have used him in a few different situations and he has helped my family as well. Chris really knows his stuff and I highly recommend using him! 5 stars hands down

    kenny C Avatar kenny C
    September 7, 2023
  • Chris Beardslee is one one of the best attorneys i have ever meet. He is honest straightforward and ready to fight. Best decision i ever meet for my DUI case was hiring Chris and he delivered and he also got a family member of mine out of big trouble. Highly recommended

    Julian Dashi Avatar Julian Dashi
    September 7, 2023

    Highly recommend Chris Beardslee. He is an excellent attorney who cares about his clients. Chris will fight for his clients and is definitely a guy you want on your side when you are facing serious criminal charges. He knows the law and will not back down when fighting for your rights.

    J G Avatar J G
    July 3, 2023

    Top tier lawyer and person. Very thorough and driven. I felt well defended from the very start. He was supportive and deeply informative of anything and everything I needed to know or may have wanted to know. Highly professional and experienced and on top of every change as well as being easy to contact. I definitely recommend. If you need help, he's your man. Thanks Chris

    Jordan Brown Avatar Jordan Brown
    April 27, 2023
  • Chris Beardslee is the kind of attorney other attorneys hire when they need help. He is simply excellent. Chris is a great communicator who provides stellar legal services. He makes himself available to you in a way that few attorneys are willing to do.

    Julia Pierce Avatar Julia Pierce
    February 21, 2023

    Mr. Beardslee provided me with exceptional representation during an exceedingly challenging time. His knowledge of the law and how it pertained to my situation was effectively applied and undoubtedly helped us win our case. Congruently, he bestowed his knowledge upon me which helped put my mind at ease. I cannot overstate how much the understanding of my rights and what my options were helped to significantly reduce my stress levels. Furthermore, Mr. Beardslee’s professionalism was above reproach. He is exactly the type of attorney you want to represent you. He is sharp, knowledgeable, and motivated to assist those in need. Thank you so much for helping me, Mr. Beardslee!

    John Metcalf Avatar John Metcalf
    September 26, 2022

    I would highly recommend Chris! He is very professional and well-spoken. He listened to my concerns, and explained in detail the way the court proceedings would be held, making me feel as much at ease as possible given the circumstances. His representation resolved my case successfully despite the odds.

    Ronale Rhodes Avatar Ronale Rhodes
    August 17, 2022
  • Chris is an attorney of the highest quality. His professionalism and ability are both excellent. I would recommend him to anyone in need of representation.

    Daniel Smith Avatar Daniel Smith
    August 17, 2022

    Chris is an EXCELLENT PROFESSIONAL COURTEOUS attorney!!! He explains EVERYTHING IN DETAIL and gives you the honest truth!! I would definitely recommend him to anyone!!!

    August 17, 2022

    Amazing lawyer will go the extra mile for you greatly recommend very happy with my results I can't thank him enough for his hard work and dedication.

    Charles Mellick Avatar Charles Mellick
    July 17, 2022
  • If/when you need your criminal or personal injury case dismissed then don't hesitate to reach out to Attorney Beardslee! He will fight for the outcome you need and defend your sacred constitutional rights and freedom. All while keeping you informed and up to date along the way. Also, he swiftly advised me before I retained him and immediately advised me of my next best step after my case was dismissed. Thank you, Attorney Beardslee.

    Alex L Avatar Alex L
    April 17, 2022


    Ron Jr Avatar Ron Jr
    February 28, 2022

    Great attorney who gets the job done!

    Tor Friedman Avatar Tor Friedman
    February 28, 2022
  • I cannot recommend Chris Beardslee enough to all my friends and family, he gets the job done!!

    maikel ramic Avatar maikel ramic
    February 28, 2022

    This guy is a knowledgeable, professional and dedicated attorney. He has helped me successfully navigate one of the most challenging periods in my life and ultimately played a huge role in saving my life. He’s a real HUMAN and always treated me with respect, and compassion that can’t be bought. I have nothing but good things to say about him. He never made me feel judged even though I was living a ridiculous, wild, broken life when I first hired him, but he helped me to piece it back together.

    Kaysea Lindsey Avatar Kaysea Lindsey
    October 17, 2021

    Attorney Chris Beardsley has been the most thorough Attorney I have ever dealt with. He is very caring and patient as he knows that you as a client are already in distress. He went out of his way to contact me or answer any questions I had. I appreciate him greatly and was referred to him by Attorney Brian Gonzales, who felt he was the perfect fit. Thank you Attorney Beardsley, thank you so much!!

    Mercedes LaLuz Avatar Mercedes LaLuz
    October 17, 2021


We understand that facing legal charges can be a daunting experience. While our website offers a wealth of information to assist you, please be aware that it does not substitute for legal counsel. The most reliable way to obtain guidance and answers to your questions is by reaching out to an experienced attorney. You can easily connect with Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Chris Beardslee through various means, including phone, email, social media, or by completing a case consultation form. Don’t hesitate to seek the assistance you need.

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FAQ Section

After being arrested for a DUI, it’s crucial to remain calm and avoid making any statements or admissions to the police. Contact a DUI defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and understand your rights. The attorney can help navigate the legal process and possibly challenge the DUI charge based on the specifics of your case.

A criminal defense attorney will represent you in court, help reduce the severity of the charges, or potentially get them dismissed. They will manage all legal filings, represent you in plea negotiations, and provide a defense during trial. They can also handle motions to suppress evidence or dismiss charges based on insufficient evidence.

Felony convictions can lead to significant jail time, large fines, and long probation periods. Beyond legal penalties, felonies can affect employment opportunities, voting rights, and the ability to own firearms.

Expungement in Florida requires that you have not been adjudicated guilty of the offense or any other criminal offense. There are specific eligibility requirements, such as the nature of the crime and your criminal history. Expungement seals the record from public view but not from certain government agencies.

The criminal defense process typically starts with an arrest, followed by a court appearance where charges are formally read. Your defense lawyer will then help you understand the charges, assist in pre-trial negotiations, and represent you during the trial. If necessary, they will also handle appeals.

If you’ve suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence that resulted in significant medical costs, lost wages, or severe pain and suffering, consulting a personal injury attorney can help you assess whether you have a viable claim and assist in recovering damages.

Bring all documents that relate to your case, including any court documents, bail papers, police reports, and a list of possible witnesses. Information regarding your legal history and the current charges will also be crucial.

A risk protection order is a court order used to temporarily remove firearms from individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others. You can contest it by demonstrating at the hearing that you do not pose a significant danger. Legal representation is strongly advised in these proceedings.

Personal injury settlements typically consider medical expenses, lost wages, future lost income, pain and suffering, and sometimes punitive damages. The total amount is influenced by the severity of the injury, the clarity of fault, insurance limits, and the jurisdiction’s laws.

Common defenses include proving that you had a right to be on the property, challenging the intent to commit a crime within the property, or establishing an alibi. Each defense strategy depends heavily on the specifics of the case.

Veterans treatment courts offer support and rehabilitation tailored to the unique needs of veterans facing criminal charges, often addressing underlying issues such as PTSD or substance abuse. They aim to rehabilitate veterans through comprehensive mental health services, support, and judicial monitoring.

You have the right to remain silent, the right to refuse consent to a search, and the right to speak with an attorney. If arrested, you have the right to a government-appointed attorney if you cannot afford one. Always be aware of your rights and exercise them respectfully and clearly.