Public Defender

  • Nancy Daniels
  • Public Defender
  • John Tomasino
  • Public Defender


Led by Nancy Daniels the Public Defender's office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with crimes each year. In 2011 alone our office:

  • Represented 14,534 clients
  • Appointed to 17,975 cases
  • In 1863 cases the State dropped the charges against the clients.
  • Conducted more than 540 trials and contested hearings.
In The News

11.01.12: Nancy Daniels, Public Defender, 2nd Judicial Circuit, will be honored November 1, 2012, by the Girl Scouts of Tallahassee. Ms. Daniels joins 15 other extraordinary women to receive the prestigious Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award.

Full article here.

Gideon v. Wainright

Happy Birthday Gideon v. Wainright!
March 18, 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the United States Supreme Court guaranteeing the right of indigent criminal defendants to state-provided counsel.

Full article here.


Public Defender Office Assists Homeless Veterans Standdown: April 5-7, 2013: Dedicated employees from our office participating in the first ever NORTH FLORIDA VETERANS' STANDDOWN April 5-7, 2013 include paralegals Deloris McCoy and Jennifer Turner, APDs Andy Thomas, Lacey Kantor, Jessica Yeary, Sidney Noyes, Megan Long, Dan Hendrickson and Public Defender Nancy Daniels herself. For more information: Full article here.