Matthew R. Willard

Matthew R. Willard

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Matthew R. Willard is a Tallahassee criminal defense attorney dedicated to defending people who are accused of committing crimes.

Matthew R. Willard is a Tallahassee criminal defense attorney dedicated to defending people who are accused of committing crimes.

A native Floridian, Mr. Matthew R. Willard was born in Miami, FL in 1967.  After living in Virginia, Louisiana, and Tennessee, he grew roots in North Georgia until joining the United States Navy in 1987.  After serving two tours in the Persian Gulf, including Desert Storm, Mr. Willard received an Honorable Discharge in 1991.  He then traveled West on I-10 from Jacksonville to Tallahassee to attend Tallahassee Community College, where he graduated with honors.  He then transferred to Florida State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1995.  He subsequently attended FSU College of Law, where he excelled in trial advocacy, and went on to coach law school and high school trial teams.

He began work in the criminal law arena in 1997 as a Certified Legal Intern for the State Attorney’s Office in the Second Judicial Circuit. During his tenure at the State Attorney’s Office, he prosecuted DUI cases, drug offenses, violations of probation, and various other misdemeanor offenses.

Now Mr. Willard defends cases both in federal and state courts. He handles both felonies and misdemeanors. His practice concentrates on criminal defense, DUI defense, drug charges, juvenile offenses, sex crimes, violations of probation, domestic violence, and assault and battery.He also handles drivers’ license suspensions at the DHSMV. He is also able to assist FSU students charged with conduct code violations.

In his free time, Mr. Willard serves as General Counsel to several veterans organizations, and is also very active in the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He is currently on the State Board of Directors as a Tallahassee Chapter Representative.

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