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St. Petersburg, FL Defense Lawyers

Criminal Defense Attorneys in
St. Petersburg, FL

Facing criminal charges can be overwhelming. A simple arrest does not mean you will be convicted or face the penalties that come with a conviction. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor offense, such as DUI, or a serious felony drug crime, you have a lot at stake. If you or a family member are facing criminal charges, it is important to consider all of your legal options.

You owe it to yourself to seek the services of an experienced and dedicated criminal attorney who will never settle for an easy outcome or the typical result. Our criminal defense attorney in St. Petersburg, FL, will 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.

Free Initial Legal Consultation

During your free initial consultation, our criminal defense firm will determine an affordable, flexible payment plan that provides you qualified legal representation. Based on the unique facts and circumstances of your case, our defense attorney will develop a plan for the best possible outcome. 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.

Morris Law Firm, P.A. provides a free initial consultation at our criminal defense firm. Call (727) 388-4736 to learn how our criminal defense attorneys in St. Petersburg, FL can help you! Call now!

    Very Quick and Professional

    “This is a great firm. Very quick and professional. They assisted me with a case from 2013 that has been following me around for years. Thank you!”

    - Desteny S. on Yelp
    I cannot thank Melinda Morris enough.

    “To the point: Melinda Morris is not only an amazing lawyer, but a compassionate human being. I received same day representation for my child with warmth and tenacious legal experience. Melinda is what ...”

    - Avvo User
    Mr. Shapiro took on our case on a Sunday evening and had us in front of the judge the next day.

    “We were on vacation in Florida and ran into some troubles and needed an attorney. Mr. Shapiro took on our case on a Sunday evening and had us in front of the judge the next day (which other attorneys ...”

    - Jennifer A. on Google
    Amazing and Professional Service

    “Absolutely amazing! I sent an email on Sunday and Seth called me first thing Monday morning. After a few minutes of talking I could tell I was in good hands. Seth completely understood the situation ...”

    - Chris M. on Yelp
    Confident, extremely knowledgeable, professional

    “I have used Morris Law Firm and Seth Shapiro on two separate occasions over the course of the last few years with superb results. Seth is an excellent attorney and I cannot recommend him enough. After ...”

    - Cristina 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.

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • NORML
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Pinellas Association
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
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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: The client was found passed out twenty feet from his vehicle with no other cars or people around. During an accident, the investigation the client admitted being the driver of the vehicle. A criminal investigation was then initiated and the client invoked his Miranda Rights and refused to speak further to law enforcement. The client performed field sobriety exercises on video and later submitted to a breath test with results of .136/.143. The client had a prior DUI conviction from two years earlier.

  • 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.

  • Traffic Violation Reckless Driving Reduced to Speeding Ticket

    Facts: The client was charged criminally with reckless driving after an undercover officer observed him driving aggressively and speeding. The client denied any reckless driving.

  • 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.

  • Juvenile Crimes Battery Charges Reduced

    Facts: Sixteen-year-old client was arrested for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer. It was alleged client created a disturbance at school during the FCAT and when the officer physically removed her from the classroom client reacted by biting the police officer.

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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 our criminal defense firm defends your freedom and record.

Drunk Driving and DUI Defense Attorney in St. Petersburg, FL

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 our criminal defense law firm fight for you today.

Criminal Defense Attorneys Near You

Our defense attorney 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 in St. Petersburg, FL are familiar with the tactics and procedures used by law enforcement agencies throughout Pinellas County, FL, including the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. If you are looking for the best criminal defense firms in Florida, 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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