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.

Chris Beardslee was enlisted in the United States Navy for 5 years having completed four deployments including 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 (Who is also a member of the National College of DUI Defense Lawyers) 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.

Tampa Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney Chris Beardslee

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

Chris is licensed to practice law in all Florida state courts, as well as the Federal Middle District of Florida. He is a graduate of The Florida State University College of Law. During his time at Florida State University, Chris was elected President of the Mock Trial Team and was certified by the Florida Supreme Court to act as trial counsel on criminal cases as a CLI for the Public Defender’s Office.

He continuously 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.


Attorney Chris Beardslee is a member of the National College of DUI Defense. He has handled thousands of criminal cases across multiple circuits in Florida with a focus on DUI defense.

Chris received training on the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Standardized Field Sobriety Exercises, the same course police officers attend during their DUI training. 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 also attended the Intoxilyzer 8000 Operator course and is highly familiar with the machine’s functions as well as its limitations.

Chris is familiar with both the criminal and administrative aspects in all DUI cases.

Attorney Chris Beardslee is a former US Navy Petty Officer having served for 5 years from 2003-2008. He was deployed to Afghanistan, Japan, and Germany. During his service, Chris earned his undergraduate degree in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Attorney Beardslee understands the unique challenges that Veterans deal with in terms of addiction issues, PTSD, mental health, and has represented numerous clients through various Veteran’s Treatment Court programs in the Tampa Bay Area.

Attorney Chris Beardslee - US Navy Petty Officer
Attorney Chris Beardslee - Veteran


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 other criminal defense lawyers emphasize that they are “former prosecutors”. While they no doubt have vast experience in prosecuting these types of cases, these are the same people that have put defendants like yourself in jail or prison and were unwilling to negotiate a reasonable result.

Former prosecutors who have rejected viable defenses are now tasked with asserting those same defenses with their former peers and colleagues. Many leave the prosecutor’s office not because they have a genuine passion for representing the accused and standing up for a citizen’s constitutional rights, but because it simply pays better.

As a former member of the US Navy, I am familiar with the concept of serving something greater than yourself. I look at each of my clients as an individual, and I empathize with their situation when it often feels no one else is on their side. I will fight for your rights and work passionately on your behalf to provide the best possible outcome for your case. I won’t make you false promises just to get you to hire me (be wary of those that do), and I’ll be honest and real with you about your case and answer all your questions as they arise. 

I know facing a criminal charge can be anxiety inducing, confusing, and overwhelming (especially if this is your first offense), but I’ll walk you through your case and make sure you understand the process. If you are looking for a highly experienced, knowledgeable, and defense-minded lawyer who you can trust, don’t hesitate to reach out to me today. I will fight for the outcome you deserve.

Criminal Defense Attorney Chris Beardslee has handled thousands of cases in his career ranging from misdemeanor traffic and drug charges to mandatory life felony charges.

If you need a lawyer you can trust, contact Chris for a free consultation today.


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