Public Defender

  • Nancy Daniels


Led by Nancy Daniels the Public Defender's office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with crimes each year. In 2015 - 2016 our office:

  • Represented 13,057 clients
  • Appointed to 16,122 cases
  • In 944 cases, the State dropped the charges against the clients.
  • Assigned 1,019 appeals
  • Records Pages: 474,588
  • Briefs Filed: 1,190

In The News

2016 Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award

Public Defender Nancy Daniels was recently honored as the 2016 recipient of The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section’s highest honor, the Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award. Named in memory of remarkable attorney Selig Goldin, who passed away in 1980 long before his time, the award is given to one member of the Florida Bar each year for tremendous contributions to the criminal justice system and who displays the same passion and spirit of Mr. Goldin.

Full article here.

Andy Thomas

Many congratulations to our Public Defender elect, Andy Thomas! Andy will take office as Public Defender for the Second Judicial Circuit on January 3, 2017 as the successor to our long running and beloved Public Defender of 26 years, Nancy Daniels.
Andy has been a criminal defense attorney since 1983, first with Judge Luckey in Tampa, then with Mike Allen and Nancy Daniels at the Public Defender’s Office in Tallahassee. For two years, he prosecuted on the appellate and trial levels, but his true love is defense of the impoverished and disenfranchised.
In addition to being the current Chief Assistant Public Defender, Andy also fiercely represents clients in the felony Intake Division in Leon County.