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About me

After attending Michigan State University and law school at the University of Toledo, I moved to Florida to pursue a career as a criminal defense lawyer.  Starting out as a public defender and then moving on to the private sector, I have worked with people from all walks of life and all ages. 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Domestic Violence: 25%
  3. Federal Crime: 25%

Payment

Fees:

Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Timothy Graf Hessinger

    I endorse this lawyer. Beth does a great job for her clients.

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    Timothy Hessinger Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lawrence Michael Meltzer

    Maribeth Wetzel is an exceptional attorney with extensive knowledge of both State and Federal Criminal Defense. I have had the pleasure of working with her over the past several years and can honestly say she is one of the finest lawyers I have ever worked with. She is effective and aggressive and her work is second to none. She has tried hundreds of cases and has obtained favorable results for her clients. Maribeth is honest, forthright and cares for her clients as people. I would trust her implicitly to handle any matter in either State or Federal Court.

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    Lawrence Meltzer DUI and DWI Attorney
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Contact info

Pinellas County

915 1st Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL, 33705

Hillsborough County

3030 N. Rocky Point Drive, Suite 150
Tampa, FL, 33607

Manatee County

1023 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL, 34205

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200206/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's Lifetime Achievement AwardPresident Barack Obama2016
Community ServiceFamily Resources, Inc.2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCriminal Justice Act Panel Federal Defender2014 - Present
Hearing OfficerPinellas County Housing Authority2009 - 2010
AttorneyFlemining Law Group2006 - 2009
AttorneyBush Graziano & RIce2005 - 2005
AttorneyPinellas County Public Defender's Office2002 - 2004
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Barney Masterson American Inn of CourtPresident2010 - Present
Florida BarMember2002 - Present
Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Clearwater Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Bar, Grievance CommitteeChair2012 - 2015
Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Pinellas County chapter)Member2011 - 2013
Florida Bar, Young Lawyers DivisionBoard of Governors2009 - 2010
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. AnonymousBoth cases were dismissed
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Paraclete, St. Petersburg Bar AssociationStrictly on the Record: The Importance of Proper Preservation for Appeal in Criminal Cases2008
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State UniversityCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
University of Toledo College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Law ProgramInterrogation Techniques2011
Criminal Justice ProgramCriminal Law2011
Paralegal ProgramCivil Procedure as it Relates to Criminal Law2010