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For over 35 years I have been involved in the Criminal Justice System. I am ready and qualified to help with any Criminal charge. Call me and let's work hard together to solve your problem. I'm there when you need me.



Ronnie Crider started his career in Criminal Law over 35 years ago as a Pinellas County Deputy Sheriff.    In 1975, Ronnie was certified to operate one of the first breath testing devices used by law enforcement, the Breathalyzer 900.  After leaving the Sheriff's Department, Ronnie attended Stetson University College of Law and upon graduation was appointed an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida.  Beginning in 1981, Ronnie was responsible for all Vehicular Homicide and DUI Manslaughter prosecutions occurring in North Pinellas County.  Ronnie attended the Northwestern University Institute for Police Traffic Management for three consecutive years and also attended the Indiana University Robert F. Borkenstein Course on Alcohol and Highway Safety; Testing Research and Litigation Program, a  highly esteemed  course  taught by the inventor of the first breathalyzer machine.

            In 1983, Ronnie left the State Attorney's Office and began his successful Criminal Law Practice.  He was among the first one hundred criminal attorneys in the State of Florida to achieve Criminal Trial Law Board Certification, a distinction held by fewer than 1% of all Florida attorneys, which he achieved in 1988.

            Ronnie has been active in numerous professional associations serving as an Officer, Director, and President of the Clearwater Bar Association.  He has also served as Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the Florida Bar Council of Bar Association Presidents.  Additionally, he has served three, three-year terms on a Florida Bar Attorney Grievance Committee and was Chairman for two of these terms.  Ronnie also served on the Florida Bar Criminal Law Certification Committee for three years and was Chairman during this third year.  He has also taught law classes at St. Petersburg College.

            During the past 26 years, Ronnie has exclusively represented those charged with both Felony and Misdemeanor Criminal Law violations.  He has handled cases from Traffic Infractions to First Degree Murder and is highly qualified to defend any criminal charge.  He has defended many high profile cases including one of the first Prozac drug-defense cases, which was one of the first fully televised trials on Court TV.

            Ronnie has been the lead trial attorney in over 200 jury trials and has represented thousands of clients throughout the State of Florida including Key West, Miami, Jacksonville, Arcadia, Bradenton, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Naples, Marathon, Orlando, Sanford, Gainesville, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach. He is an instrument-rated  private pilot who owns his own airplane, facilitating travel to any venue statewide.

Among Ronnie's numerous accolades and awards  are the Florida Association of State Trooper's Spirit of the Trooper Award and the Pinellas County Criminal Defense Attorney's Silver Bullet Award. 

In 1989, Ronnie, along with Rob Bauer, founded the firm of Bauer and Crider, which has   grown to become Bauer, Crider, Pellegrino and Parry, with offices in three counties.  The strength of his counsel is supported by a unique group of professionals in his office which cumulatively represent over 128 years of practice including five criminal practice attorneys, a private investigator, and four paralegal professionals committed to representing your confidential and individual case.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    37 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%



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Contact info

1550 S Highland Ave Ste C
Clearwater, FL, 337562353


FLMember in Good Standing197901/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
RecognizedFlorida Super Lawyers2008
Superb Rating Avvo 2008
Silver Bullet AwardPinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association1998
Spirit of the Trooper AwardFlorida Association of State Troopers1997
Certification of AppricationJudicial Assistants Association Sixth Circuit1989
Board Certified Criminal Trial LawyerThe Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education1988
A-V RatedMartindale-Hubbell1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBauer, Crider, Pellegrino, and Parry1989 - Present
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office1979 - 1983
State Certified Breath Test OperatorState of Florida1975 - 1977
Deputy SheriffPinellas County Sheriffs Department1974 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsLegal Commitee1999 - Present
Florida Council of Bar Association PresidentsLife Member1993 - Present
Criminal Law Certification Committee The Florida BarChairman1993 - 1994
Florida Council of Bar Association PresidentsPresident1992 - 1993
Criminal Law Certification Committee The Florida BarMember1991 - 1993
Cessna Pilots AssociationMember1990 - Present
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationMember1990 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationPresident1989 - 1990
Florida Council of Bar Association PresidentsVice President1988 - 1989
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1987 - Present
Florida Council of Bar Association PresidentsTreasurer1987 - 1988
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1986 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1986 - 1987
Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1984 - Present
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1983 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Langelier v. Coleman 861 F.2d 1508Lower Court Ruling affirmed
UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, Joseph "Jo Jo" FITAPELLI, Vito Signorile, d/b/a EagleSanitation, Geraldo De Vivo, Reversed And Remanded
Steven Connelly v. State of FloridaConviction Reversed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of South FloridaCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
InstructorConstitutional Law1985
InstructorConstitutional Law1984
InstructorCriminal Law1982
InstructorCriminal Law1981