"As a Polk County Judge, I will work diligently every day to keep your trust through integrity, professionalism, impartiality and a fair and just application of the law." - Carson

Family and Community

Fifth Generation

Fifth generation Central Floridian from the first family to settle in the Frostproof area

Citrus Industry

Proud member of a family involved in the citrus industry since the late 1800’s

Athlete

Collegiate athlete at Furman University and the University of Florida

Academic Recognition

SEC and Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll; 2003-2006, 2002-2003

Family

Loving husband to Christie and father to Ellie and Crawford

Community

Actively involved in the Polk County civic community, including the George Harris Youth Shelter and United Way of Central Florida

Leadership

Board of Directors Member for Youth and Family Alternatives

Church

Member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakeland

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Carson’s commitment to his family and service to the community are a testament to the integrity and dedication he will bring to the judicial system. As a prosecutor, Carson worked tirelessly in the courtroom to protect the citizens of Polk County. His extensive trial experience as a prosecutor and in house corporate attorney, combined with his knowledge of the law, will serve him and the citizens well as he transitions onto the bench.

Professional

Education

Attended Furman University and the University of Florida, graduating in 2006 with a double major in Business Marketing and Food & Resource Economics

Law Degree

Received law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2010

State Attorney's Office

Over five years experience as a member of the State Attorney’s Office in Bartow

Courtroom Experience

Practiced in Criminal County & Circuit Courts in Polk

Currently practices in Civil County and Circuit Courts in Polk, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Citrus, Hernando, and Manatee Counties.

Law

Managed and prosecuted hundreds of felony cases including armed robbery, DUI manslaughter, organized crime and attempted murder charges

Currently manages and defends actions in civil courts

Awarded

2015 Prosecutor of the Year, Florida Retail Federation

2015 Sheriff Grady Judd Commendation

Nominee

2014 Florida Prosecutor of the Year nominee, Florida Loss Prevention