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Domestic Violence Arrests During a Pandemic

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Nov. 15 2020

Domestic Violence includes assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. Domestic violence arrests in Pinellas County and throughout the Tampa Bay area have increased…
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I Have To Go To Court For What?

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Nov. 08 2020

It is stressful enough to receive an official notice that you must appear in criminal court.  It only makes matters worse when you are left to attempt to decipher what the purpose of the hearing is with names like Arraignment, Pre-Trial, and Dispositional Hearing. So, here are the most common court hearing types and what…
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No More Excessive Fines or Penalties in Florida

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Jul. 22 2019

Florida criminal defendants facing excessive penalties or seized property can thank Indiana resident Tyson Timbs for relief via the US Supreme Court. Tyson Timbs struggled with drug addiction. A painkiller prescription had escalated to heroin abuse.  In an unfortunate turn he was arrested selling heroin to undercover officers to fund his addiction. Timbs pled guilty…
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Marsy’s Law – The Potential Impact on Domestic Violence Cases

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 08 2019

  Marsy’s Law can have potential impacts on a defendant’s Domestic Violence case (Domestic Battery, Domestic Assault, and Injunctions for protection against Domestic Violence).  It is important to understand the impacts this law can have on your case.   What is Marsy’s Law? Marsy’s Law was passed by Florida voters on November 6, 2018 (by…
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Seth Shapiro Wins the 2019 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jun. 29 2019

Seth Shapiro, Attorney at Law, Owner at the Morris Law Firm has been awarded the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for 2019.  See Seth Shapiro’s Avvo Profile here. The Avvo Clients’ Choice Award is presented each year to attorneys based on their positive relationships with their clients. Recipients of the Clients’ Choice Award are primarily evaluated…
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Attorney Melinda Morris AGAIN rated one of the Top 3 Criminal Lawyers in St. Petersburg for 2019!

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Jan. 25 2019

St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Florida Attorney Melinda Morris of the Morris Law Firm has AGAIN been rated one of the Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in St. Petersburg by ThreeBestRated.com for 2019. The ThreeBestRated review team selected Melinda Morris for the accolade using a 50-Point Inspection that includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, ratings,…
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Lights, No Camera, Action – Police Body Camera Use In Tampa Bay

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Jul. 26 2018

Over one year ago we wrote about the use of body cameras by local law enforcement agencies in our blog, “Your Next Interaction With Police May Be Video Recorded.” Today, many of our local law enforcement agencies have still not adopted the technology and are refusing to do so. Today, only the Pasco County Sheriff’s…
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Pinellas Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion (APAD) – Update – 08-23-17

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Aug. 23 2017

We have written several times on the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program (APAD) – read the original blog here: Pinellas Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion (APAD) Program – The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown . Just last week, the Tampa Bay Times reported that there would be no changes to the County’s arrest…
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Seth Shapiro Wins the 2017 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 29 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Seth Shapiro, Attorney at Law, Owner at the Morris Law Firm has been awarded the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for 2017.  See Seth Shapiro’s Avvo Profile here. The Avvo Clients’ Choice Award is presented each year to attorneys based on their positive relationships with their clients. Recipients of the Clients’ Choice…
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Melinda Morris Rated 10.0 “Superb” by Avvo.com

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 24 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Melinda Morris, Attorney at Law, Owner at the Morris Law Firm has been rated a 10.0 – “Superb” by Avvo.com.  See Melinda Morris’ Avvo Profile here. The Avvo Rating evaluates a lawyer’s background based on the information available in an attorney’s Avvo profile. Avvo creates the rating using a proprietary model…
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