St. Petersburg Misdemeanor Defense Lawyers
Aggressively Defending Clients In & Around St. Petersburg, FL
Being accused of a crime, whether a misdemeanor or felony, is often a frightening occurrence, leaving you anxious and uncertain about how to handle the situation and how it will affect your future. In the case of criminal charges, how you react can have a profound effect on your personal wellbeing, that of your family, your reputation, your freedom, and your future when all is said and done. Even with misdemeanor charges, the stakes are high which is why it is vital to have an experienced attorney that you can trust to be at your side every step of the way through the criminal justice process.
At Morris Law Firm, P.A., we represent clients day in and day out in the courts surrounding the greater St. Petersburg area. Our legal team is made up of experienced professionals, including a former state prosecutor who has handled cases ranging from domestic violence to DUI, robbery, manslaughter, and first-degree murder. Our team consists of seasoned trial lawyers who know how to fully investigate a case looking for flaws, procedural errors, and other evidence that can be used in your favor, how to thoroughly prepare a case for trial, and how to present compelling arguments before a judge and jury. If you are facing misdemeanor charges, we urge you to seek the help you need from our elite and established team.
Misdemeanor Charges in Florida
The main difference between a misdemeanor charge and a felony charge lies in how severe the crime was and thus the penalties you will face. Misdemeanors are considered lesser crimes that lead to penalties involving up to a year in jail and/or fines of varying degrees based on the nature of the offense.
In Florida, misdemeanors are categorized as one of the following two:
- Second-degree misdemeanors, which are the least serious, resulting in jail time of up to 60 days, up to six months of probation, and/or a fine of up to $500. If a specific law fails to classify the level of a misdemeanor, then it is generally charged as second-degree. An example is a shoplifting charge.
- First-degree misdemeanors, which are the most serious. A conviction can lead to up to a year in jail or up to year of probation and/or a fine of up to $1,000. An example is theft of property valued between $100 up to $750.
Examples of misdemeanors can also include but are not limited to:
- Petty theft
- Disorderly conduct
- Driving on a suspended license
- Domestic violence assault
- Marijuana possession
- Providing minors with alcohol
- Criminal mischief
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, one of the other repercussions you will face is having a permanent criminal record that can be easily accessed by others on a routine background check. This can negatively affect your ability to gain future employment or housing, present financial problems, and may disqualify you for other career opportunities such as a professional license.
Let Morris Law Firm, P.A. Defend You at This Difficult Time
Because of all of the negative consequences that can follow misdemeanor charges, you need to be as proactive as possible in protecting yourself and your future. At Morris Law Firm, P.A., we can act as your advocate throughout the entirety of the legal process, standing by your side at every phase. We will work zealously on your behalf to have your case dismissed or to have charges or sentencing reduced such as probation in lieu of jail time. Our team has the experience and the commitment to help you seek the most favorable outcome possible.
Contact a St. Petersburg misdemeanor defense attorney at (727) 592-5885 to arrange for a consultation about your case today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Morris Law Firm, P.A., your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.
Seth Shapiro is the most professional, courteous, caring attorneys I’ve dealt with in all of my 70 years. He did a fabulous job representing me defending me and getting charges dropped. I couldn’t have dreamed of better counsel.- Stephen on AVVO
100% satisfied with Morris law group. Melinda was able to resolve my legal issues with no additional expenses other than my original retainer. I highly recommend this firm for professional and competent representation.- Peter R. on Yelp
If you want the best legal representation, look no further than Morris law firm. Melinda reassured me from the very first time we spoke over the phone. She is very professional and keeps you updated on the progress of your case. I really liked that I didn’t have to reach out to her Everything was smooth, straightforward and she put my mind at ease. You’ll be in good hands with her. Thank you Melinda- Hassan on Google
Mr.Shapiro helped my case by looking at the police body cam diligently which supported my testimony . He presented evidence to the prosecutor .I hired Seth Shapiro to defend me after a domestic battery charge in which I was wrongfully accused and arrested. My case was dismissed thankfully. .Couldn't have asked for a better outcome. This was an extreme difficult time for me. Seth Shapiro was knowledgeable and compassionate in my case. He followed up with my concerns. I would highly recommend this firm.- Melody Z.
Melinda has represented me on numerous cases and the outcome has always been great. Melinda goes above and beyond to defend your rights and get you the best possible outcome. I highly recommend hiring her.- Shasta on Google
Morris Law Firm is a very professional and responsive. They closed my case in a very short terms, for what I'm very grateful. Strongly recommend them especially Seth Shapiro. He decreased my case from felony to misdemeanor in short terms and during 6 months my case was totally closed.- Elina P. on Google