DALE C. CARSON, ESQUIRE
Owner, Dale Carson Law
Jacksonville FL — With nearly four decades of FBI, Police, SWAT, private investigation, teaching, and defense attorney experience, Dale C. Carson is a rare lawyer, and one of the most qualified to handle a wide range of Criminal and Civil law cases.
Carson brings a wealth of experience to his firm that has set Dale Carson Law apart, around the state of Florida. He has a proven and extensive record of accomplishment in achieving success for his many and varied clients, and through the attorneys at his firm. Dale Carson Law is approved to practice before every state court in Florida, as well as the Federal District Court, Middle District of Florida.
Carson’s aggressive firm has also been seen as one of the most determined firms – not shying away from trial law. Clients remark about the differences experienced in the Dale Carson Law offices. For one thing, it is an inviting and not imposing atmosphere, created for the comfort of the client who is usually visiting because of difficult, stressful circumstances. “In addition to our education, we have a broad range of practical life experience – so, we’ve seen it, we’ve done it, and we have the tee shirt,” Carson laughed. Dale Carson Law offers a wide range of legal support. “This allows the firm to empathize with our clients to a higher degree – this is critical for good outcomes.” Carson enjoys the opportunity to create an atmosphere of calm for those who are visiting. Once on the case, it’s time to jump right into designing an aggressive defense, to bring the client through the crisis for the best determinable outcome.
Dale Carson Law has developed and executed successful defense cases for a wide range of clients, from white collar crime and fraud to domestic violence, juvenile crime, weapons charges, theft, probation violations, violent crime, sex crimes, drug trafficking, DUI, traffic tickets, personal injury and more. Carson attributes his successes to his unique understanding of the justice system and his ability to “teach” his side of the case to the jury. “When the jury understands a case through our client’s eyes, we win,” he said.
Prior to his defense attorney work, Carson experienced success in many key careers – and those career experiences serve him well to this day. He was most recently the president of Carson Investigative Agency (CIA) in Jacksonville, Florida, for eight years, which is now being merged into Carson’s other firm, Jacksonville Detective Agency (JDA). JDA joins forces in investigative strategies serving Dale Carson Law. Carson has held his private Investigator license in the state of Florida and Georgia since 1989.
Carson is politically active and believes that making the world a better place requires direct personal involvement and sacrifice. In 1992, Dale ran for the Florida State Legislature. In 2007, he ran for sheriff of Duval County (the same position held for nearly 30 years, from 1957-1986, by his father Dale G. Carson).
Prior to the CIA, Carson was director of marketing and research for Bay Center Security, Inc., in Jacksonville, where he designed and implemented marketing and research strategies as well as loss prevention programs.
He followed in the footsteps of his father, who was also an FBI agent. Dale C. Carson was a special agent with the FBI, appointed to Washington D.C. in 1978, where he attended the US Marine Corp Base in Quantico, Virginia. He has also graduated from the FBI Academy in advanced police instructor training, and with his special agent certification. He also trained with the Navy seals in Quantico as preparation for hostage rescue and terrorist takeovers. He was assigned to the FBI SWAT team – the first USA team to do proactive training, detailing procedures for aircraft boarding during terrorist situations. He trained for this at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta. Carson worked undercover in the investigation of serial murder cases, organized crime and city government political corruption activity in the greater Atlanta area.
These FBI investigations resulted in a number of arrests and incarcerations in well known, publicized cases, including the public safety commissioner at the time, Reginald Eaves along with Rosco Dean, a Georgia state senator, and several building and zoning inspectors. In 1978, he investigated and arrested Michael George Thevis, called the “King of Pornography,” who shot and killed his partner. Carson arrested the well-known bank robber, escape artist, and one of the FBI’s “Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives” Willie Foster Sellers, while on the FBI Fugitives Squad. He was also involved in apprehending the suspect in the takeover of the Atlanta FBI offices in 1981. He was assigned to the task force that investigated and then arrested Wayne Williams, of the Atlanta Child Killings of 1982. Following Atlanta, Carson served in San Juan, Puerto Rico and St Thomas, the US Virgin Islands, where he ran the office. Amid his Virgin Island work, Carson investigated government corruption and continued the U.S. Government’s investigative search for the expatriate fugitive financier Robert Vesco, who was believed to have absconded with over $220 million from investors. Carson looked for Vesco, who was reportedly sailing the Caribbean in his motor yacht, Patricia III near the British Virgin Island of Tortola.
In 1983, Carson was further cross-trained with the Drug Enforcement Administration at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, in Glynco, Georgia (the center is actually the town, with its own zip code). While with the FBI, he investigated all matters of interest to the United States Government under his responsibility, coordinated various investigative techniques to identify and substantiate criminal and civil violations of federal law, and handled cases dealing with white collar fraud and political corruption while also directing investigative inquiries from colleagues stationed worldwide. His collected information was sent to judicial authorities for use in criminal and civil prosecution.
Then it was on to Jacksonville. In 1985, Carson was instrumental in the extradition, arrest and conviction of John Lee Paul Sr., a popular International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Camel GT Racing Series driver, who fled the USA after shooting a co-conspirator in drug trafficking. In 1986, Carson was involved in the arrest of Charles Lee Herron, one of the FBI’s “Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives,” for the shooting death of two police officers in 1968. In 1987, Carson arrested Wendy Liegh Zabel, who faked her pregnancy and stole a newborn from a mobile home after killing the mother and shooting the grandmother. These cases, as well as many others, made national news.
Carson was also a police instructor with the FBI, teaching interview interrogation techniques, sex crimes, organized crime and homicide and violent domestic crime investigations, as well as crime scene investigation. He received letters of commendation from the FBI for going above and beyond the call of duty in his service. He continued his work as a special agent with the FBI through September of 1988, when he opened his private investigative agency.
Carson served as a principal investigator with the Florida State Attorney’s Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit, responsible for investigating individuals charged under the State of Florida Multiple Offender Statute. He provided information to judicial authorities for use in criminal prosecution.
In addition to his FBI work, Carson also worked as a special agent in charge of investigating inventory and shipment shortages, theft, railroad derailments and accidents, and illegal riders, for Seaboard Coastline Railroad from 1976-1978.
In 1974, Carson graduated from the Dade County Police Academy and received his certification as a Florida Law Enforcement Officer. From 1974-1976, Carson was a police officer with the Public Safety Department (PSD) in Dade County FL, for both Liberty City and Carol City, FL. He also was on the PSD’s hostage rescue team and served on the SWAT team in Miami for special weapons and tactics. He received letters of commendation from Dade County for exemplary service.
He also is a criminal defense attorney instructor who teaches “Making a Case for Law Enforcement,” and “Compromising the Prosecutor’s Case” as well as a class on the techniques of criminal and civil case trial preparation for attorneys. He was an adjunct professor with the University of North Florida, teaching “Private Investigation,” and a substitute teacher for Duval County, Florida.
Carson’s related education is extensive: he holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law, in Jacksonville, FL, and graduated Dean’s Scholar, cum laude. He has taken additional courses on Florida Criminal Law and Florida Probate Law with the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education, with an internship in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Jacksonville, FL. He cross-trained with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as an undercover agent. He also received his police certification with scholastic honors from the Miami Dade Junior College, and holds a BA in English from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina.
He is a member of the Northeast Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, for which he served as president for 2007-2008; Federal Bar Association, Florida Bar Association; Jacksonville Bar Association; Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Federal Bureau of Investigations Agents Association; Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI; and the Fraternal Order of Police, St. Johns County Chapter. Dale recently authored the book “Arrest-Proof Yourself” published by Chicago Press and available through Amazon.com.
Carson has been an accomplished sailor since his teen years. He prefers his 34 foot sloop “Talitha” (and other single-mast sailboats). He also enjoyed racing Rickman Metisse flat track, a 650 Triumph and Husqvarna, and CZ motocross motorcycles as a youth. While attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL in 1971, Carson worked as a race crew pit team member for the BRUMOS racing team, founded by the late Porsche racing driver Peter Gregg, of Can Am and Trans Am fame. His interest in mechanics has led him to patent a friction-reducing device for use in watercraft and he has several patents pending. He has been an avid mechanic since boyhood when he put together his first car from a rolling frame and parts in cardboard boxes (It was a 1958 “bug-eyed” Austin Healy Sprite).
He is a certified SCUBA diver, and used this training to dive in the St. Thomas harbor to recover artifacts from the many sunken ships lost in the trading hub created by the St. Thomas hurricane hole in the 1700’s. He also enjoys woodworking and specializes in making heart pine furniture pieces. His love of wood and diving has combined into his most recent adventure, the search for ancient sunken timbers from the St. John’s River, known as “deadhead logging,” (a sport/hobby showcased on the History Channel’s recent “Axemen” feature). He co-owns Heartwood Logging, LLC, a deadhead logging company with a barge and diving gear designed for zero visibility water diving, with former Navy Chief Norm Whitesides, an original Conch, a Key West, FL native.
Carson is married to the former Jacqueline Ashby, and is the father of 5 children.
Dale Carson Law opened in 2002 and is a criminal and civil trial law firm. For excellence in experienced representation and client rights, it’s Dale Carson Law. For more information, please visit the Dale Carson Law website at: www.DaleCarsonLaw.com For appointments, please contact Dale Carson Law 904 355 6777. Dale Carson Law is located in downtown Jacksonville, in the Blackstone Building, 233 East Bay Street, Suite 1101, Jacksonville, FL 32202.