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Joseph Montrone Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

5.0   28 reviews

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About Joseph

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I have more than 24 years of courtroom experience and I have tried more than 80 cases.  I served the people of Pinellas County as a Prosecutor for 6 years (1996 to 2002).  In 2002, I entered private practice representing persons injured as a result of the negligence of others at Beltz & Ruth P.A.  In 2006, I opened my own office to provide my client’s with hands on personable representation. I strive to apply the more than 24 years of diverse training and experience that I have obtained through my years of practice in Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay Area.

 

Please contact me today for a free initial consultation at or visit my website at . I look forward to helping you regarding your legal matters.

 

I have represented criminal clients charged with such crimes as Murder, Armed Robbery, Capital Sexual Battery, Trafficking in Cocaine, Child Abuse,  Domestic Violence, DUI and other criminal traffic offenses.  My civil practice has included representing clients injured in automobile accidents and premises liability claims, domestic violence injunction hearings, sealing and expunging arrest records, civil traffic infractions, and driver's license suspension issues. 

 

I am a member of the Federal Middle District of Florida, United States Supreme Court Bar,  St. Petersburg Bar Association, Clearwater Bar Association, Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association.

 

 

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Licensed for 26 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Joseph Montrone, Jr., P.A.
The Alexander Building
535 Central Avenue, Suite 314
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33701
Joseph Montrone Jr.
For Consultation Only
13575 58th Street North
Clearwater, FL, 33760
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Posted by Robert | September 12, 2019
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Traffic Citation Representation
Mr. Montrone did exactly what he said he would do. I couldn't have been more pleased with the way he handled my case. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in the Tampa/St. Pete/Largo area. He checked in during and also followed up after the case was finalized to ensure I had the support I needed and that there were no loose ends. A+ rating from this client.
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Posted by Marianne | August 7, 2019
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Hands down the most professional lawyer with integrity.
Joseph was the best lawyer anyone could ask for. He handled my case in a professional way, gave honest advice, and had so much integrity. I was in a really tough situation and he was able to put me at ease. He listens. I cannot thank him enough. He is ethical which I respect a great deal. If you want someone who will fight for you and never back down, he is your guy, and he does this the right way, not the wrong way. Much respect.
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Posted by Vanessa | February 27, 2019
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Responsive!
We actually found Mr. Montrone off the internet when our son got hurt in the St. Pete area. Since we live out-of-state, we really need his expertise and honestly, we got it! His professionalism and candor was very much appreciated. However, most importantly, his responsiveness to our calls were exceptional! Thank you Mr. Montrone! V-
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2018
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Joe gets right back with you. He always there to answer any questions when we didnt understand.
Posted by Charlie | November 9, 2018
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Atty. Representation
Atty. Joe Montrone represented me on a dui charge recently and had it reduced to wreckless driving. Mr. Montrone is very professional and compassionate and always returned my calls answering my questions. I would recommend him to anyone who needs his services.
Posted by Brandon | October 9, 2018
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Wish I would have hired from the beginning!
Honestly, at first I decided to not hire Joe Montrone as my lawyer. And, it going to lie, I regretted that decision, after a while. It was coming close to my last court date (3 days before, actually) and I had decided to fire my lawyer that had been ‘representing me’ since the incident. He took on my case, and while I didn’t get the result I was hoping for, he made sure I got the best deal possible for the situation. If my previous lawyer had been standing beside me in ‘Judgement Day’, I would not have felt as comfortable as I did with Mr. Montrone at my side. My previous lawyer actually screwed up the case a little bit, which made it harder for Mr. Montrone. I wish I would have hired Joe on the first round, and all of this would be over. Unfortunately, I did not.
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Posted by Michael | August 27, 2018
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"DUI" reduced to reckless driving and more
I am so happy I hired Joe Montrone. This DUI could have caused devastating consequences due to my age and job situation. Joe used his expertise to Analyze my situation, then gave me a list of things he needed me to do. He got me to relax and not worry while he went to work for me. Let me tell you Joe worked hard for me. I saw how much effort he put forth. He didn't seem to mind how long, or how much he had to do. His persistence paid off. My job and pension was saved after Joe got my charges reduced to Reckless Driving. I am forever grateful For the service Joseph Montrone Jr. provided.
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Posted by Stephen | June 13, 2018
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Joe is top shelf representation
Joe listens. Joe offers options. Joe explains possible considerations to consider. Joe is realistic. Joe is my lawyer. Period
Posted by Megan | August 1, 2017
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Lawyer
Joe was always extremely responsive to my phone calls and emails. He did everything and more for what I expected out of a lawyer and for this case. I have never gotten into a situation before now where I needed a lawyer but I would recommend Joe to anyone.
Posted by Karen | July 26, 2017
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DUI REPRESENTATION
I had the pleasure to meet Joe & obtain his services . He is a very knowledgeable attorney with expertise in DUI cases , he knows the system as he was a former DA..I am very satisfied with the outcome , as well as how the case was handled in a quick timely manner, great attorney !!
Posted by Maureen | June 13, 2017
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Joe Montrone Review
Joe was supportive, encouraging, calming and knowledgeable. Usually whenever one needs a lawyer it is not a good time. Mr. Montrone assured me all would be okay and he was absolutely right. Would not hesitate to call him in the future but hope to never need his services again.
Posted by Bob | December 22, 2016
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Exceptional Attorney
I contacted Joe after researching a DUI attorney in my area. An initial consultation was done to review the case. After the free consultation, I hired Joe to represent me on 3 traffic citations. Based on his knowledge, experience, dedication and smarts, I'm happy to say these cases are behind me and I am very happy with the outcome. I will hire Joe again if needed.
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Posted by Adam | December 22, 2016
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True Professional
Mr. Montrone worked diligently, efficiently, and swiftly to resolve the legal issues I presented to him. I would recommend him to both family and friends, and will definitely call on him again if needed.
Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2016
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Got the job done...no nonsense
Mr. Montrone was hired as attorney after I was stopped on vacation and charged with a DUI. Being from out of state, I was totally at a loss as to the process or whom to hire, who to trust... I was referred by (a local) a friend of a friend. IT'S NEVER a good feeling to have to hire a attorney, let alone one in another state! I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that I hired who I did! Mr. Montrone was very level-headed, efficient and knowledgeable on DUI and traffic laws. He was able to get my (first) DUI lessened to a reckless which is not by any means the standard outcome. I highly recommend this attorney.
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Posted by Joseph | July 29, 2016
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Helped When No One Else Would
Inmates can be extremely different, but all share this one opinion: Probation is just a furlough. I learned that lesson. I received no help or guidance, of any form, from the probation department. I would call multiple times in a given week, to schedule an appointment or get information, only to be completely ignored. Even when going there in person, I left with nothing but a list of completion requirements that I already had. At one point they even actively worked against me completing one of my requirements. I registered for a Victim Impact Panel on my own. There was one person in the probation office that handles registration for the once monthly panel. She became belligerent and dismissive when I told her my mistakes had put me there. "Mistakes." I'm pretty sure she thought that was me shirking responsibility for my actions. An asinine conclusion to come to. One that would've ensured my inability to complete the terms of my probation and resulted in my incarceration. Interestingly enough, one of the first things the officer leading the panel said was, "You're all here because of mistakes you've made." That's what I had working against me. People that didn't care, and in fact seemed to want me to fail. Mr. Montrone found me answers when no one would give them to me on my own. He represented me confidently and looking the part, where other's council looked disheveled and confused. He presented a clear course of action that would appease the court and end the whole affair in a timely fashion. I brought the law into my life. Then it was made clear that rehabilitation or recompense were not their goals. They just wanted me. Probably make more money that way. But I had excellent help getting them out of it.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2016
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Honest & Reliable
I'm grateful for the professional services Joe provided me. After our initial conversation he clearly laid out a few possible outcomes and his recommended course of action. Progress moved along at a very reasonable pace and Joe always kept me updated on any developments. There's little doubt my case would have been resolved as it was had I not hired Mr. Montrone.
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Posted by Mike | July 18, 2016
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Great Representation
I hired Joseph Montrone after doing my research on local defense lawyers, he did not disappoint. I was accused of poaching during a family hunt based on a technicality even though I had my permit and everything else I was supposed to have to hunt that management area. Montrone stood his ground and objected repeatedly every time the prosecution attempted to testify based on unsubstantiated information. The case was thrown out because Montrone did not allow the prosecution to speculate on my intentions. If I would have tried to confront the officer myself, I would have not stood a chance. My reputation is very important to me, thank you Joe, for believing me and taking my case!
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Posted by Jamison | July 13, 2016
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Professional and friendly.
Joe explained the entire process during initial consultation. Decision to hire Joe was easy. Excellent communication. Highly recommended. My case was dropped.
Posted by Phil | June 8, 2016
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Excellent Representation
Joe provided great support during an arduous and extended pre trial experience. He was knowledgeable, professional, and prompt at keeping me up to speed on the adjudication of my case. I hope I don't need a lawyer again any time soon but if I do I will definitely call Joe.
Posted by Amber | May 23, 2016
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2nd offense of a DUI dropped to Reckless driving
Joe did an excellent job with my case. I was not expecting for my 2nd DUI to be dropped to a reakless driving but he for sure made it happen. I'm so thankful for everything hes done for me. I would recommend him to anyone that is in need of a lawyer. He's awesome, hes truthful, smart and will work hard in helping you as best to his ability. What I liked the most is that he was so honest and truthful. He will tell you how it is from his perspective. Don't be scared to ask questions because he has an answer to everyone and if he doesn't he will work hard in getting you an answer. Thanks again Joe for all the hard work in my case.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Joseph Montrone, Jr., P.A.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Associate
  • Beltz & Ruth, P.A.
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Pinellas County State Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 2002

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of South Florida
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • State of Florida v. Fettig, 07-5661XDTANC
  • State reduced DUI to Reckless Driving
  • State of Florida v. McCray, 07-27902CFANO
  • State dropped Felony Possession of Marijua Charges
  • State of Florida v. Potter, 07-21809MMANO
  • State dropped charges
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Associations

  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • United State District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Victor O. Wehle for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 1995
  • First Place Mock Trial Competition
  • Stetson University College of Law Trial Advocacy Society
  • 1995
  • Best Oral Advocate Freshman Moot Court
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 1993
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day at St. Patrick's Middle School, Largo Florida
  • The Role of a Criminal Defense Attorney
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Montrone is very thorough, compassionate attorney who works tirelessly for all of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Joe for many years and know him to be a fine lawyer. He is well experienced in criminal defense and civil litigation. Joe fights hard for his clients and makes it a priority to communicate with them. He has an excellent reputation among his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe and I worked for many years together and he is one of the finest attorneys I've had the pleasure of working with. He is extremely conscientious, smart and hard working. I frequently send him referrals for criminal cases because I have so much faith in him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Montrone and I have been across the table from each other a number of times. He zealously represents his clients while maintaining a level of professionalism that is rarely seen in the courtroom any more. Joe has a sharp legal mind that keenly spots the relevant issues. Anyone who hires Joe will not be disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Joseph Montrone since 1999 when we worked together at the State Attorney's Office. Since that time, I have observed Joe in private practice. He is highly respected in the legal community by his piers for the representation that he provides his clients. He is an aggressive advocate and an experienced trial attorney. I have seen the way Joe interacts with his clients, he is very professional and respectful to them. I highly recommend Mr. Montrone for your consideration."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joe since 1993, when we began law school together. He and I started and finished together, and I knew him to be both keenly intelligent and affable, engaging person. Joe was a very well-respected prosecutor, known to be tough and aggressive. Since entering the private sector, I have seen him continue his high level of practice when representing clients in court. I think the world of Joe Montrone, and I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a knowledgeable, hardworking & compassionate attorney. I handled cases against him when he was a prosecutor and have had the opportunity to see him handle matters since he went into private practice. He knows the law and has a great courtroom presence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph Montrone is a tireless attorney advocating on behalf of his client's. I am familiar with his ability and the effort he puts forth on behalf of his client's. I do not hesitate in referring client's to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joe for 14 years and without hesitation endorse him as an aggressive attorney with great knowledge of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joe Montrone for 10 years. While we worked at the State Attorney's Office together, Joe had a reputation for being one of the most talented trial lawyers in the office. He was very meticulous in his trial preparation, knew how to articulate his arguments artfully, and paid attention to details. His reputation for being a skilled litigator followed him to private practice where he is well respected by other attorneys and the judges he goes before. I recommend his services with the first hand knowledge of seeing his work and his results."
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