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3 Big Problems With DUI Tests During COVID-19

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Dec. 31 2020

COVID-19 has changed the world, but it has not changed what happens during a DUI stop in Florida.  If you are stopped for a DUI there are several aspects of the stop that deserve special attention during the pandemic. DUI TEST PROBLEM #1 DURING COVID-19:  Once you are pulled over the law enforcement officer will…
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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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Seth Shapiro Wins the 2020 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 30 2020

Seth Shapiro, Attorney at Law, Owner at the Morris Law Firm has been awarded the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for 2020.  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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Marijuana Enforcement in Florida – A Haze of Confusion

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Aug. 26 2019

At the intersection of illegal cannabis, legal hemp, and medical marijuana Florida is in a haze of legal confusion. What is Legal? Medical Marijuana In 2016, 71 percent of Floridians voted to legalize medical marijuana.  The 2017 bill signed into law by then-governor Scott says “a licensed medical marijuana treatment center shall cultivate, process, transport…
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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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Unlicensed Contractors Targeted by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Jul. 15 2019

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is targeting unlicensed contractors in Pinellas County with continued sting operations. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting sting operations to catch unlicensed contractors for nearly two years.  Going by the creative names such as “Operation Drop the Hammer” and “Operation Punch List” the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office sets…
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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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