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Marc N. Pelletier

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

4.9   70 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2002
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About Marc

Learn Marc’s areas of practice.

I limit my legal practice to representing only those clients charged with criminal offenses and DUI arising out of Pinellas County, Florida. I am a former state prosecutor with a wealth of background and experience in these specific areas of the law.

My goal is to defend each individual client with the utmost expertise and compassion - to win acquittals where possible, and where conviction seems inevitable, to obtain alternative sentences or treatment rather than imprisonment.

You are invited to meet with me for a free consultation to discuss the individual facts and circumstances of your case.

Marc N. Pelletier

Attorney at Law
The Law Offices of Russo Pelletier & Sullivan, P.A.
DUI & Criminal Defense
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Russo Pelletier & Sullivan
9721 Executive Center Drive North
Suite #120
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33702-2470
Russo Pelletier & Sullivan
3000 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Suite 100
Clearwater, FL, 33765
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Posted by Andrew | January 27, 2024
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Saved my very sanity!
The day after my arrest; Mr. Pelletier's information was at my door step, he would be my only chance to tell my side of the story outside of court. His pursuit of the justice I needed was second to none! I would recommend him to anyone and everyone in need of justice! Can't thank him enough!
Posted by Stacy | December 22, 2023
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Best legal representation
"I cannot speak highly enough of my experience with defense attorney Mark Pelletier. His profound knowledge of the law was evident throughout the entire process. The support from his exceptional staff, always ready to address my concerns, provided a sense of assurance during a challenging time. Mark's expertise and dedication resulted in an excellent outcome for my case. I highly recommend Mark Pelletier for his unparalleled legal skills and the outstanding support from his team."
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Posted by Jeffrey | November 29, 2023
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Amazing job
Yes, I am totally amazed at how efficient and professional a work of art from Marc.....would 100% recommend his services to everybody.
Posted by Mette Ann | November 15, 2023
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Criminal Defense Genius
Marc Pelletier is a pitbull waiting to fight for your justice in a broken system of lies and false punishment. His sharp mental focus will win over the deception of any lying member of law enforcement. Hire Marc Pelletier and you will not regret it!
Posted by Jared | August 30, 2023
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Thankful for Mr. Pelletier
After being told from my previous criminal defense lawyer, that he had moved to a different kind of practice, my heart dropped. He was the only person I've learned to trust. He couldn’t help me this time, and I needed help. Thankfully, my prior lawyer, very confidently recommended Mr. Marc Pelletier, he highly stated his ability to help, and assured me he would do his best. That was enough for me, and now that everything is over I know for a fact that I was not deceived in any way shape or form by his suggestions. I was facing time and am able to complete my sentence at home. His accomplishment had allowed me opportunities I had given up hope on and thanks to what he has done I’m able to see my wife smile again. I am able to see my first son born! I am always going to feel I owe Mr. Pelletier for his representation as the money was not even close to the value of what Mr. Pelletier has helped me and my new family with. When all things looked hopeless Marc had pulled a miracle and now im able to be there for my family and continue doing the right thing. I will stongly suggest Mr. Pelletier to anyone facing a problem.
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Posted by Gilberto | February 3, 2023
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Always There!
Mr. Pelletier was outstanding in every detail of my case. I had a 2nd DUI and he was able to get the sentence to a minimal. Then, he helped me as I violated Probation! He literally got my out on bond when there wasn't a bond at first to get out with! He replied every message I sent promptly. Even on weekends! I would strongly recommend Mr. Pelletier for anyone who is dealing with a situation as I had.
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Posted by Melissa | December 28, 2022
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What a relief
Thank you Mark. Having you on my case made me feel at ease. Mark was quick and efficient and got my charges dropped!
Posted by Tyler | November 15, 2022
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Marc pelletier representation
Marc was very thorough and I was happy with the outcome of the case he represented me on. The outcome was actually better then expected! The proceedings were a breeze and marc made sure I understood all of the options on the table, and everything in general for that matter as we went through the proceedings. Thank you for your help, along with your office staff!
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Posted by Harold | June 23, 2022
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Best Attorneys ever...
Had a speeding infraction with also a suspension on my license. I hired this firm and they resolved my case . They helped me get my licence reinstated plus resolved my ticket were i didn't receive any points. Wow i am overwhelmed on the professionalism of the staff and the attorneys who handled my case. 5 stars isn't enough to give! 10 plus in my book. Thank you so very much. Will always recommend to anyone who needs assistance!
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2022
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Charges dropped!
Easy to deal with, professional, and masterful writer! He got my case dropped with ease! Very fast response. Will use again
Posted by Nelson | March 20, 2022
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I am pleased to say that , that Mr Pelletier and his team , Did an outstanding job in my case . When all else seems inevitable , They found a way . That know my outcome is not what it was supposed to be … Thank You .. and yes I would recommend this firm to anybody !
Posted by John | January 8, 2022
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I am satis
Mark pelletier and his team are the best in what they do,I was charged with a felony and being so stressed attorney pelletier assured me that he would do everything to his best knowledge,eventually the felony charge was dropped and it was a tremendous relief,I will recommend pelletier and his team as your attorney
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2021
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You can depend on Pelletier
Marc was a great help from the beginning of my case. He was straight forward in his approach and consistent with his actions to his words. I'm very grateful for his services and will recommend him to others facing legal matters of likeness in the future.
Posted by Kyle | August 26, 2021
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Best possible outcome
Marc was an amazing attorney from start to finish on my DUI case. Throughout the process he kept me informed on everything that was going on in the background and what I should proactively be doing in preparation for my hearing. He quickly responded to any questions and concerns I had related to my case. As far as resolution, based on discovery evidence he was able to get my charge reduced to a reckless driving charge with no probation. I would recommend Marc to anyone looking for a diligent attorney that wants results.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2021
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Simply The Best!!!!
Fantastic Attorney! Masterful! I was facing a very serious situation with possible prison time as a worst-case scenario. I called and consulted with several highly rated and respected attorneys in the area and it was clear that Marc was my guy. From the beginning he was very clear as to all possible scenarios and outcomes. It is obvious that he has great knowledge of the law. During this highly stressful time he was always easily able to set me at ease even with me knowing worst-case scenario. Truly a kind and patient man but also has a clear demeanor that dictates he would aggressively fight my case. A real win-win. Marc developed a strategy in where he would a create a letter to the State Attorney requesting they drop the case. He charged a more than reasonable flat rate fee and said “let’s just start there and see what results we get”. I was hopeful to a positive outcome but definitely had my doubts due to previous experience with the Florida judicial system. Marc was aware, from the beginning, that I was unwilling to plea out on this and that I would absolutely take it trial. He could have used that to his benefit and garnered a lot more in fees. He didn’t. He was always in integrity. The letter to the state was simply masterful. It was obvious that a lot of time, knowledge of the law, and work went into the letter. It worked. He did it. The state dropped the case. Done. Gone. Over. Along with getting the best possible result, Marc did everything he said he was going to do and always promptly responded to me any time I reached out to him. I couldn’t be more adamant that if you are in need (NEVER BE WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY) of an attorney, call Marc Pelletier. THIS IS YOUR GUY!!! Thanks again Marc!!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2021
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Top Notch
Very impressed with Marc and his team, as they were transparent from beginning to end. He does not talk down to you, treats you like a person and lays out a detailed plan on how he can or can not help you. Highly recommend to anyone looking for an attorney with a wealth of knowledge and sound work ethic.
Posted by Ron | June 4, 2021
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Excellent service
Marc was the most professional lawyer I have ever dealt with. I had a DUI case, Marc was very thorough and provided an outstanding defense on my case.I highly recommend Marc if you need representation.
Posted by Blake | June 2, 2021
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The best Lawyer you can find!
I made the right choice when hiring Marc Pelletier & Timothy Sullivan to represent a family member. They were super professional, prompt to respond to all my questions. I always had a direct line to both attorneys, and they went above and beyond to help me resolve all the challenges we faced. Watching Mr. Pelletier in court, I knew I had made the right choice. I saw his relationships and respect from his Colleagues and Judges. Don't think twice. Hire these guys! I have great respect for both of these lawyers!
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2021
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Above expectations
Mr. Pelletier was professional and knowledgeable throughout the many months of the investigation. His legal advice was accurate and helpful. Would recommend his services.
Posted by Erica | March 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely grateful for Mr. Pelletier's jelp with my case
I immediately felt a relief from my anxiety upon hiring Mr. Pelletier. I felt confident that he would bring me the redemption I so needed, and I was innocently arrested for an erroneous charge that would have ruined my life and destroyed my future. He quickly set me up with a polugrsoj exam at my request, which proved no deception was indicated regarding my charge. He handled my case in an expedited manner, reassuring me the whole time. In the end the charges were dropped and led to my record being expunged. He is highly recommended by others involved in the courts Judicial system. I cant show my gratitude enough. God bless Mr. Pelletier for his expertise and for his dedication to handling my case. He had enabled me to move forward in a positive direction. With sincere gratitude, thank you Mr. Pelletier. Sincerely, Erica Faith
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Russo Pelletier & Sullivan
  • 2017 - Present
  • Campaign Treasurer
  • Committee to Elect Doneene Loar Circuit Court Judge, Group 36
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Campaign Treasurer
  • Committee to Elect Dora Komninos County Court Judge, Group 8
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Russo & Russo, P.A.
  • 2004 - 2017
  • Onsite Advisor to Law Enforcement
  • DUI Checkpoints
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office, 20th Judicial Circuit
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2000 - 2002
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  • National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School
  • Cert. of Achievement
  • 2004
  • Advanced DUI Seminar - Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
  • Cert. of Achievement
  • 2004
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • 2002
  • DUI Trial Advocacy School - Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
  • Cert. of Achievement
  • 2002
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude
  • 1999
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  • Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Best of St. Petersburg: Attorneys
  • US Local Business Association
  • 2008
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers - Criminal Trial Practice
  • Martindale-Hubbell/LexisNexis
  • 2008
  • Agency Service Award
  • State Attorney's Office, 20th Judicial Circuit
  • 2003
  • Certified Intoxilyzer 5000 & 8000 Operator
  • Lake County Institute of Public Safety
  • 2002
  • Certified to Conduct Field Sobriety Testing
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Anatomy of a Criminal Trial
  • Preservation of Error
  • 2019
  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Criminal Defense Practice
  • 2011
  • NHTSA DUI Gold Standards Committee Meeting
  • New Developments in Florida DUI & Traffic Laws
  • 2010
  • Public Defender Seminar
  • Drivers License Issues in DUI Cases
  • 2009
  • Criminal Justice Forum
  • Criminal Procedure in Controlled Substance / Drug Cases, Violations of Probation
  • 2009
  • Probation Sentences, Supervision, and Compliance
  • Florida Criminal Sentencing Issues
  • 2008
  • Baynews 9 Report on Florida's DUI Laws
  • Florida DUI Laws
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (8)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the privilege of knowing Marc for many years, and I would strongly recommend him to represent anyone in a criminal matter. His professionalism, legal knowledge, and accessibility make him an excellent trial attorney who will get you the best results possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I proudly give my endorsement and recommendation to Attorney Pelletier. I've worked with attorneys across the state of Florida and his professionalism and skill are top notch. I hope to work with him again in the future. If you need legal representation in the Saint Petersburg area you can safely place your trust in Attorney Pelletier."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Mr. Pelletier for many years. I have observed him many times in court and have always been impressed by his professionalism and dedication to his clients. Mr. Pelletier's knowledge of the law is second to none. Additionally, Mr. Pelletier has an outstanding reputation in the legal community. I have such confidence in Mr. Pelletier's abilities as an attorney that I sometimes seek him out for a second opinion when it come to complicated legal issues. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Marc. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been able to observe Mr. Pelletier in action throughout my legal career. I have opposed him on cases when I was a prosecutor and worked alongside him now in private practice. I routinely consult him on complicated criminal defense/DUI matters. He is professional, knowledgeable and has a great reputation within the local legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Marc Pelletier is an outstanding criminal defense attorney. He is passionate about defending his clients rights. He is also highly intelligent & diligent about preparing for his cases. I would recommend Attorney Pelletier for any criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Pelletier is one of the most prepared and knowledgable attorneys a client could have. His legal background coupled with his knowledge of the criminal justice system makes him a valuable asset to any client who needs legal counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marc Pelletier is a lawyer’s lawyer. He is a leader among his peers. Many lawyers turn to Marc to get answers to the most difficult legal questions. He has an enclopedic knowledge of the law and uses this vast knowledge with skill and advocacy to obtain the best possible results for his clients. Mr. Pelletier’s clients are lucky to have him on their side!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Friend
"Marc and I worked together as prosecutors for a number of years in the Office of the State Attorney for the Twentieth Circuit. During that time I had the opportunity to witness Marc in action. Because of his inordinate trial skills and uncanny ability to handle complex issues he managed to successfully carry a caseloead intended for two to three prosecutors for months at a time. Additionally, during this time Marc distinguished himself in the area of DUI prosecution, being specifically brought in for cases where complicated attacks were being brought against the intoxilyzer. I have stayed friends with Marc since he left the prosecutor's, and now to regard him as one of the most skilled, intelligent and aggressive criminal defense attorneys I have ever met. I wholeheartedly endorse Marc Pelletier, and do not believe that a person in Pinnellas County could ask for a more talented, zealous advocate in their time of need."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Since I have seen him in the Court Rooms he has always exhibited conscientious focus for his clients cause. He professional and an Asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Marc Pelletier. Our law firm refers him clients for Criminal and DUI matters in St. Petersburg. I find Marc to be extremely smart, aggressive and willing to work extremely hard on behalf of his clients. He is astute and has a great grasp of legal concepts and is someone I have confidence to refer a matter to."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Marc for several years. He is a diligent, hard working attorney. He strives to achieve the highest level of representation for each of his clients. I strongly recommend Marc Pelletier."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marc is an outstanding attorney whose legal acumen is second to none. Marc is diligent, professional, and someone who can be counted on to advocate ferociously for his clients. His courtroom skills are superb. I highly recommend Marc for all areas of criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marc is one of those attorneys who goes above and beyond his duties as an attorney. I truly believe that Marc strives not only to better his client in regards to a pending legal matter, but also wortks towards setting that client on the right path beyond his or her current legal issue. It is this commitment that makes Marc such an important asset to our legal community."
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Saint Petersburg Criminal defense Lawyer Marc N. Pelletier
Marc N. Pelletier
Criminal defense Attorney
Saint Petersburg, FL
Licensed for 21 years
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