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Criminal Defense Lawyers in
St. Petersburg, FL

Morris Law Firm, P.A.

Facing criminal charges can be overwhelming. Just because you were arrested does not mean that you will be convicted or suffer the plethora of penalties that come with a conviction. If you or a family member has been arrested, it is important you carefully consider all of your legal options. Whether you have been arrested for a misdemeanor offense, such as DUI, or a serious felony drug crime, you have a lot at stake.

You owe it to yourself to seek out the services of an experienced and dedicated criminal attorney who will never settle for the easiest outcome or the typical result. Our criminal defense attorneys in St. Petersburg, FL, can work one-on-one with you to make sure your rights are preserved and fight to have your charges reduced or even dropped. We fight cases throughout Pinellas County and the surrounding counties in the Tampa Bay Area.

Morris Law Firm, P.A. provides a free initial consultation. Call (727) 388-4736 to have your questions answered personally by Melinda Morris. Contact Us Today. During your free initial consultation, we will determine, based on the unique facts and circumstances of your case, an affordable, flexible payment plan that provides you qualified legal representation. We will take over all aspects of your case by tracking it in the court system, analyzing the state’s evidence, preparing defense motions and entering negotiations with the state, all in an effort to minimize the impact on you.
    If in doubt about your legal options, it is well worth a call to Morris Law Firm.

    “Seth Shapiro of Morris Law Firm provided accurate and clear outlines of my options and the likely results, on a Saturday no less! Timely communication, answers to my questions and full follow through ...”

    - Scott S. on Google
    She took a personal understanding of my specific case and explained things to me every step of the way.

    “I had the pleasure to be represented by Melinda Morris of Morris Law Firm. Working with her made the process of what I was dealing with painless and stress free. During the entire process she was ...”

    - Mike T. on Google
    I researched other lawyers in the area, and none of them compared.

    “Seth Shapiro, and Morris Law Firm in general, are consummate professionals. I researched other lawyers in the area, and none of them compared, both in price and assistance. Seth always made himself ...”

    - Bill P. on Google
    Go with Seth. You'll be glad you did.

    “Seth's dedication, knowledge of the law, and real world experience make all the difference. Expert help on important, life-altering issues aren't the place to cut corners. Go with Seth. You'll be glad ...”

    - Peter W. on Google
    The faith that I put into the hands of this team of loving, caring, compassionate Attorneys was life changing.

    “I'd like to start out first with wishing there was a higher star rating for this review. The faith that I put into the hands of this team of loving, caring, compassionate Attorneys was life changing. ...”

    - Shannon W. on Google
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Why Choose Our Law Firm?

See the Difference Our Service Provides
  • FORMER STATE PROSECUTOR

    Melinda Morris is a former prosecutor and has handled thousands of criminal cases from investigation through sentencing enabling us to identify weaknesses in the State’s case against you.

  • STRATEGICALLY AGGRESSIVE

    We never settle for the easiest outcome or the typical result. We know how to negotiate with the State Attorney and we will work to get you the best possible outcome.

  • TRUSTED & EXPERIENCED

    Melinda Morris has practiced criminal law for over 20 years. Our clients trust advice that comes from experience in nearly every type of criminal case.

  • PERSONAL ATTENTION

    We will know every client’s story because we will take the time to listen and understand. You will work with your attorney one-on-one at every stage of the process.

  • PROMPT COMMUNICATION

    You will have the cell phone number of your attorney. Your attorney will directly return your call, email, or text to answer your pressing questions.

  • SAME DAY REPRESENTATION

    The government is wasting no time in trying to prove your guilt, a proactive defense is imperative. Prompt and decisive action from your defense attorney is of critical importance.

  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • NORML
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Pinellas Association

Case Results

Throughout the years, the Morris Law Firm has defended individuals for a variety of criminal offenses. For your reference, we have added many of our previous case results to this website. These case results are a sample of Melinda Morris' and Seth Shapiro’s representation in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo and and throughout Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Sarasota County, Manatee County, and surrounding communities.

Disclaimer: The Florida Bar does not approve or review the case results that criminal defense attorneys provide on their website. As you learn more about our recent case results and statements regarding the quality of our work, please be aware of each of the following:

  • The facts and circumstances of your case may differ from the facts and circumstances of the cases we discuss here.
  • Not all results are provided.
  • The case results discussed here are not necessarily representative of the results obtained in all cases.
  • Each case is different and must be evaluated and handled on its own merit.
  • DUI Jury Trial – Not Guilty Verdict

    Facts: Client was in a motorcycle accident. Police responded to the scene of the accident and believed the client to be impaired. Client refused Field Sobriety Tests and Breathalyzer tests. Client admitted to two beers and taking a prescription pill earlier in the day. Client was a commercial drivers license holder (CDL) and if convicted faced losing his CDL and thus his job.

  • Driver License Suspension License Reinstated

    Facts: The client received a citation for Driving While License Suspended Without Knowledge. The client appeared at the clerk’s office and paid the citation. When he did so, he unknowingly received a conviction for DWLSR. The Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles issued an Order of License Revocation, notifying the client his driving privileges were revoked for a period of five years.

  • DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving

    Facts: Police responded after client’s vehicle got stuck on an embankment. Police requested Field Sobriety Tests, client refused. Client was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Police requested a Breathalyzer test that client also refused. Client faced a DUI conviction, drivers license suspension, probation, and fines.

  • False Report of a Crime Nolle Prosequi (dismissed)

    Facts: The client was involved in a minor single-vehicle accident while on his motorcycle. At his girlfriend’s insistence, he reported the incident to the police. He had damage to his motorcycle consistent with laying it down while attempting to make a turn. Police did not believe him and arrested him for Filing a False Police Report as well as Resisting Arrest without Violence.

  • Felony Fleeing & Eluding No Information (not prosecuted)

    Facts: The client, a twenty-year City of St. Petersburg employee with no prior criminal record, was arrested by St. Petersburg Police for fleeing police after a suspected drug deal. The client was adamant it was a case of mistaken identity and it was not him who had fled the police.

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Personal, One-On-One Attention

At Morris Law Firm, P.A., your concerns are our highest priorities. We understand the immense stress that a criminal charge can bring. The experienced criminal defense attorneys of Morris Law Firm, P.A. will be there with you every step of the way, fighting to protect your future from the possibility of prison, jail, fines and a criminal record. Whether you are facing a DUI in St. Petersburg or a felony offense in Clearwater, our skilled and dedicated attorneys are here to help. Contact a compassionate and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer at Morris Law Firm, P.A., located in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Call (727) 388-4736 to schedule a free consultation.

Former Prosecutor Fighting for the Accused

Melinda Morris, the managing partner of Morris Law Firm, P.A., is an experienced criminal defense attorney and former Assistant State Attorney with the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Clearwater, Florida. As a former prosecutor, Melinda has handled thousands of criminal cases from investigation through sentencing. She entered private practice to focus exclusively on criminal defense after gaining valuable experience as a prosecutor in Pinellas County. Melinda’s extensive knowledge of the Florida criminal justice system enables her to identify weaknesses in the State Attorney’s case. She uses her 20+ years of experience as an attorney to pursue the best possible outcome for clients. Melinda is a strong advocate for her clients, no matter the charge. She has represented those facing a variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses, including DUI charges, drug offenses, domestic violence and white collar crimes. As a criminal defense attorney, she also works with clients in sealing criminal records and probation violations.

Protecting the Rights of Out-of-State Clients

If you have been charged with a crime or have an outstanding warrant in Florida, but currently reside outside of Florida, we still can represent you in your criminal case. Morris Law Firm, P.A. may be able to appear in court on your behalf, ensuring you will not have to return to Florida to deal with your criminal charges. Our attorneys can make the process of dealing with criminal charges easier. We can correspond with you via e-mail and phone to effectively provide you experienced criminal defense representation. We are adamant about keeping you informed and working to defend your rights. This can significantly reduce the burden you face and allow you to move on with your life, while we defend your freedom and record.

Skilled Legal Counsel in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases

One of the most common criminal offenses in Florida is driving under the influence. This offense is heavily prosecuted and can carry a wide variety of penalties and repercussions. A conviction for DUI can be a heavy burden when applying for a job or even continuing your education. Melinda Morris is skilled on both sides of the law when it comes to DUI charges. As a state attorney, she served on the DUI Manslaughter / Vehicular Homicide squad and was responsible for prosecuting serious cases, beginning with the investigation through the trial phase. Additionally, she received special training on prosecuting DUI cases from the state. This inside knowledge and experience allows her to fight for the rights of clients facing a variety of DUI-related charges, including DUI with property damage, commercial DUI and even out-of-state visitor DUI. She understands how prosecutors work in these cases, and she knows how to build a strong defense against the charges.

our Free DUI E-Book

Based on our experience in the practice area of DUI defense, the Morris Law Firm wrote a book – What You Must Know If You Have Been Arrested For DUI – A Former State Prosecutor’s Guide to DUI Charges in Florida – created with the intent to provide critical information about DUI arrests and legal proceedings in Florida to our clients and potential clients.

Same-Day Representation

Morris Law Firm, P.A. understands that your circumstances are unique and oftentimes urgent, which is why we offer same-day representation services. This means after your free initial consultation, we can get started on your case the same day. When the prosecution and law enforcement officials are wasting no time in trying to prove your guilt, a proactive defense is imperative. The criminal justice system in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties carries with it a myriad of complexities and requirements, which are critically time-sensitive. A St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney from our firm can help you navigate the criminal justice system and help you understand your options. Ask for same-day representation and let us fight for you today.

Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney in Pinellas County, FL

Let the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Morris Law Firm, P.A. help you understand what happens next and the potential punishment you could face. It is important to determine if you can avoid a criminal record and if your charge can be dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense. Our attorneys are familiar with the tactics and procedures used by law enforcement agencies throughout Pinellas County, FL, including the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Call 727-592-5885 or send an online message to begin combating the charges you face and getting your life back on track.

Morris Law Firm, P.A. represents clients throughout Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Manatee County, and Sarasota County. This includes St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Largo, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Seminole, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island and the surrounding areas in the greater Tampa Bay area.

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