Melinda Morris

Melinda Morris

St. Petersburg DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI...
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Melinda Morris has been practicing law since 1999 and is the managing attorney of the Morris Law Firm. As a former Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, Ms. Morris has handled thousands of cases from investigation through sentencing. Her experience as a former prosecutor along with her years of experience as a private criminal defense attorney allows her to effectively represent her clients charged with a wide range of criminal offenses.

Extensive Criminal Law Experience

While a felony prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Ms. Morris prosecuted thousands of criminal cases including DUI, Domestic Violence / Violation of Injunctions, Juvenile Cases, Drug Offenses (including Drug Trafficking), Traffic Tickets, Driver License Suspensions, Assault / Battery, Resisting Arrest / Disorderly Conduct, Burglary / Robbery / Theft, Fraud / Worthless Checks, Outstanding Warrants, Bond Hearings, Violations of Probation, and White Collar Crime.

As well, Ms. Morris served as a member of the Pinellas County State Attorney's Office DUI Manslaughter/Vehicular Homicide Squad, a Lead Trial Attorney, a Domestic Violence Prosecutor, and a Child Abuse Prosecutor. Ms. Morris has participated in 50 jury trials, and has first hand experience and jury trials for First Degree Murder, Manslaughter, Capital Sexual Battery, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Battery, DUI, Domestic Violence, Drug Possession, Grand Theft Motor Vehicle and Petit Theft.

Her local knowledge of the criminal justice system coupled with years of extensive work both prosecuting and defending cases enables her the ability to identify weaknesses in the State Attorney's case and pursue the best possible outcome for you.

A Strong Legal Education that Benefits Clients

Ms. Morris attended Stetson University where she received both a Juris Doctorate (Law Degree) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Stetson University College of Law is ranked No. 1 for trial advocacy and No. 5 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report and has provided Ms. Morris her outstanding legal foundation.

Ms. Morris' MBA degree in addition to her JD degree enables her to understand the nuances and intricacies of business and corporate procedure, and allows her to provide outstanding representation for those clients accused of White Collar Crimes.

Professional Recognition

In 2008 Ms. Morris was named a "Rising Star" by Tampa Bay Times (TBT). Ms. Morris is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
  • Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Area
  • White Collar Crime
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Call (727) 388-4736 to discuss the facts of your case directly with a St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Criminal Defense Attorney / Managing Partner
Morris Law Firm, P.A.
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The Morris Law Firm, P.A. is dedicated to criminal defense, and represents clients throughout Pinellas County and the entire Tampa Bay Area (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, Polk) on DUI, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Offenses, Drug Offenses (including Drug Trafficking), White Collar Crimes, Traffic Offenses, Driver License Suspensions, BUI, Battery / Assault, Theft, Burglary / Robbery, Firearm / Weapons Offenses, Violations of Probation, Sealing / Expunging criminal records, and all other misdemeanor and felony offenses. For more information, please give me a confidential call at (727) 388-4736 or visit our firm at 111 2nd Ave NE #515 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Trial Attorney
Nationwide Insurance
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Trial Division is the in-house insurance defense litigation firm that handles cases on behalf of Nationwide’s policyholders. With about 275 attorneys, 130 paralegals and 166 support personnel in 58 offices around the country, the vision of the Trial Division is to be considered the best insurance defense litigation firm in each community of practice. Our trial attorneys, paralegals and support staff engage in cases ranging from automobile bodily injury to construction defect.
Florida State Prosecutor
Florida State Attorney's Office
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The Office of the State Attorney handles over 45,000 cases per year, including felonies and misdemeanors. The jurisdiction of the Sixth Judicial Circuit covers both Pinellas and Pasco Counties with a total population of well over 1 million residents.
Education
Stetson University College of Law
J.D.
Stetson University College of Law
MBA
Florida State University - Panama City campus
B.S. / Political Science (1996)
Awards
Rising Star
Tampa Bay Times
Professional Associations
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Member - Legal Committee
Current
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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St. Petersburg Bar Association
Member
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Hillsborough County Bar Association
Member
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Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
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Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
Member
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Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - See more at: https://www.criminalattorneystpetersburg.com/AttorneyProfile/MelindaMorris.aspx#sthash.S8Fn7JHM.dpuf
Member
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U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Member
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Florida State Bar # 174531
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
St. Petersburg DUI Attorney
St. Petersburg Criminal Law
St. Petersburg Florida White Collar Crime Attorney
St. Petersburg Criminal Law
St. Petersburg Juvenile Defense Attorney
St. Petersburg Criminal Law
Websites & Blogs
Website
Morris Law Firm: Tampa Bay Criminal Defense
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Criminal Attorney St. Petersburg - Morris Law Firm
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Tampa Bay Criminal Defense Blog
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Videos
Seal / Expunge Criminal Record

Do you have a criminal charge lurking in your background that is affecting your ability to seek employment? The Morris Law Firm can help clear your record. http://www.criminalattorneystpetersburg.com/DefenseLawyer/SealExpungeCriminalRecord.aspx

Juvenile Crimes

Learn how an experienced defense attorney can help you navigate the juvenile justice system in Tampa Bay and protect your child's future. http://www.criminalattorneystpetersburg.com/DefenseLawyer/JuvenileOffenses.aspx

First Time Offenders

Early intervention with the help of an experienced local Tampa Bay area criminal defense attorney can make all of the difference to your case. http://www.criminalattorneystpetersburg.com/DefenseLawyer/FirstTimeOffenders.aspx

Drug Charges

A Florida drug charge can land you in jail and cost you fines, your driver license, and your job. Protect your rights with an experienced attorney. http://www.criminalattorneystpetersburg.com/DefenseLawyer/DrugCharges.aspx

DUI Offenses

Have you been charged with DUI? Former DUI State Prosecutor Melinda Morris explains the complexity of a DUI charge and how she may be able to help you. http://www.criminalattorneystpetersburg.com/DefenseLawyer/DUIDrunkDriving.aspx

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence charges are aggressively prosecuted in Tampa Bay, defend your rights with an equally aggressive criminal defense attorney. http://www.criminalattorneystpetersburg.com/DefenseLawyer/DomesticViolence.aspx

Attorney Profile: Melinda Morris - Morris Law Firm

Melinda Morris has been practicing law since 1999 and is the managing attorney of the Morris Law Firm. As a former Assistant State Attorney with the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Clearwater, Pinellas County, FL, Ms. Morris has handled thousands of cases from investigation through sentencing. The experience prosecuting cases, along with Ms. Morris' extensive experience as a criminal defense attorney allows her to aggressively defend her clients. Ms. Morris served as a member of the DUI Manslaughter/Vehicular Homicide Squad, a Lead Trial Attorney, a Domestic Violence Prosecutor, and a Child Abuse Prosecutor. Her local knowledge of the criminal justice system coupled with years of extensive work both prosecuting and defending cases enables her the ability to identify weaknesses in the State Attorney's case and pursue the best possible outcome for you. http://www.criminalattorneystpetersburg.com/AttorneyProfile.aspx

Morris Law Firm - St. Petersburg Florida Criminal Defense Attorney

The Morris Law Firm is dedicated to criminal defense, and represents clients throughout Pinellas County and the entire Tampa Bay Area (including St. Petersburg and Clearwater in Pinellas County, Tampa in Hillsborough County, Dade City and New Port Richey in Pasco County, Bradenton in Manatee County, Bartow in Polk County and Sarasota County, Florida). http://www.criminalattorneystpetersburg.com

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Morris Law Firm, P.A.
111 2nd Ave NE #515
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
USA
Toll-Free: (877) 353-8408
Telephone: (727) 388-4736
Fax: (727) 388-9639