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Melinda A. Morris

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Juvenile, White Collar Crime, Domestic Violence, Criminal Defense

About Me


Melinda Morris has been practicing law since 1999 and is the managing attorney of the Morris Law Firm. As a former State Attorney and criminal prosecutor Ms. Morris has handled thousands of cases from investigation through sentencing.


 


Extensive Criminal Law Experience


While a felony prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office, Ms. Morris prosecuted thousands of criminal cases including DUI in Pinellas County, Domestic Violence, Violation of Injunctions, Juvenile Cases, Drug Offenses (including Drug Trafficking, Outstanding Warrants, Bond Hearings, Violations of Probation  White Collar Crime and many other criminal offenses.


 


As well, 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. 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


St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer, Melinda Morris, has been recognized with several achievements including in 2008 when 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.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Criminal Defense: 20%
    16 years
  2. Domestic Violence: 20%
    16 years
  3. White Collar Crime: 20%
    16 years
  4. Juvenile: 20%
    16 years
  5. DUI & DWI: 20%
    16 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Payment Types:

Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Christina Battaglia Xenakis

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    Christina Xenakis Personal Injury Attorney
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  • Scott Douglas Camassar

    I endorse this lawyer. Melinda has excellent experience and is highly regarded in the legal community for her knowledge, skills and expertise.

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    Scott Camassar Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Morris Law Firm, P.A.

111 Second Avenue NE, Suite 515
St. Petersburg, FL, 33701

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199905/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Client Rating 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
TBT Rising StarTampa Bay Times2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner / Managing PartnerMorris Law Firm2008 - Present
Trial AttorneyNationwide Mutual Ins. Co.2004 - 2007
Prosecuting AttorneyFlorida State Attorney’s Office1999 - 2004

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Florida BarMember1999 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)Successful in persuading the state to reduce the client’s DUI charge to Reckless Driving. In addition to avoiding a conviction for DUI the client was also able to avoid a criminal driver license suspension.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)On April 21, 2010, the Morris Law Firm successfully defended client at trial arguing client was not in actual physical control of the vehicle. Client was found Not Guilty.
Domestic BatteryOn October 19, 2009 client hired the Morris Law Firm. the Morris Law Firm was successful in getting the State Attorney’s Office to drop the case and not pursue any criminal charges against the client (No Information).

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
St. Petersburg Criminal AttorneySt. Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney on Florida Criminal Laws2010
St. Petersburg Criminal AttorneySt. Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney on Tampa Bay Criminal Cases2010
Examiner.comTampa law enforcement agencies target of civil suit2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJuris Doctor (Law)1999
Stetson University College of LawBusiness AdministrationMBA (Master of Business Administration)1999
Florida State UniversityPolitical ScienceBachelor of Science (BS)1996

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
DRI Meeting - (An International Organization for Defense Attorneys)The Practice of Criminal Defense2010