An Oakland Defense Attorney Who Brings Passion to Your Case

Oakland defense attorney Seth Morris is one of California’s most skilled and talented trial lawyers. He is committed to keeping his clients out of custody and bringing them home to their families because this isn’t just his job; it’s his life’s work. Whether it’s reducing bail to go home that night or challenging flaky evidence from the prosecution, he puts his gloves on and fights for what you deserve.

As an Oakland criminal lawyer practicing in California trial courts and federal courts, Seth understands the uphill battle you face when entering the California criminal justice system. When the court looks at you with contempt, it is your Sixth Amendment right to have an unbiased representative to ensure a fair trial and uphold your constitutional rights.

Seth represents each person, their best interests, and fights harder in their defense than any other.
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Seth has built a reputation for being a dependable criminal attorney you can trust to be there when you need him. Criminal charges require quick action and a sense of urgency that not every attorney can offer. When you’ve been robbed of your freedom, he will provide unrivaled dedication to your case. He is your helping hand to guide you through the California criminal court process.

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How an Oakland Criminal Attorney Benefits You

From resources like expert witnesses to negotiating with the prosecution, a skilled Oakland criminal defense attorney is invaluable to your criminal case.

Here’s How:

Experience in Local Bay Area Courts

An Oakland criminal defense attorney has experience defending clients in local courts throughout the Bay Area. You can expect to appear in one of the following courts:

Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse
661 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607

René C. Davidson Courthouse
1225 Fallon Street
Oakland, CA 94612

East County Hall of Justice
5151 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA 94568

No matter where you appear in court, it won’t be Seth’s first time there.

Thorough Understanding of California Criminal Law

Seth has worked in the California legal system for years as a public defender, litigation associate, and private criminal defense attorney — all of which have given him extensive experience and a broad understanding of California law as well as the U.S. constitution. Attorney Morris is aware of your rights and won’t stand by and watch them be violated.

Exploiting Weaknesses in the Prosecution’s Case

Although the odds may seem stacked against you, the prosecution has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If the evidence isn’t compelling enough for a conviction, your charges will be dismissed, and you’ll be free to go. A skilled criminal lawyer can challenge the evidence against you and fight to have it thrown out.

Providing Dedicated Representation

An Oakland criminal defense attorney can provide unmatched experience and dedication to fighting the charges against you. When police are making an arrest or raid, they will try to use anything to incriminate you. This includes anything you say. Attorney Morris can speak on your behalf and prevent self-incrimination.

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Morris Law Defends Against Many Criminal Offenses

From our law office on 13th street, Morris Law has handled hundreds of criminal cases and serves all nine Bay Area counties. Whether you were charged with a felony or misdemeanor, we’ll build a solid defense for the following criminal offenses:

Gang Crimes

We handle all gang-related offenses, such as assault, battery, gang-related murder, and more.

Drug Charges

We defend against charges of possession, possession for sale, transportation, and manufacturing, among other offenses regarding a variety of drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.

Weapon Crimes

From unlawful possession to assault with a deadly weapon, we’ll explain your rights under California’s gun laws.

Violent Crimes

From criminal threats to kidnapping, violent crimes are diverse and heavily penalized under California law. However, a violent crime attorney is key in obtaining a desirable outcome.

Sex Crimes

If you have been charged with any of the previously mentioned sex crimes, or another sex crime that was not listed on this page, Attorney Seth Morris can help you obtain the acquittal you need to put this nightmare behind you.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence charges can have a devastating impact on your life and family. Seth Morris knows your rights and will help you walk through the criminal process unscathed.

Juvenile Defense

Don’t let your child fall victim to the system.


We’ll defend you against charges for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to help prevent jail time, fines, license suspension, and a hindered future.

Federal Crimes

Carrying substantial penalties, we take high-level cases that have escalated to federal offenses for drugs, firearms, and any other conduct that falls within the jurisdiction of the federal government.

Murder Charge

When facing murder charges, you need to have a reputable and experienced murder charge lawyer in Oakland, CA defend you.

Theft Charges

Whether you’ve been falsely accused or you were the rightful owner of the property, your theft lawyer will challenge the prosecution’s case and fight to keep your future clear.

Felony Crimes

The felony charges against you could result in a lifelong prison sentence if you do not take steps to defend yourself.


You’re Not Alone When You Face Criminal Penalties in California

Although you may feel like your criminal case is too far gone, you don’t need to accept your fate. Oakland criminal defense attorney Seth Morris knows your future is riding on the court’s decision, and it’s his job to ensure a reduction or dismissal of your criminal charges.

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Misdemeanor Offenses in Oakland, CA

The penalties for a misdemeanor offense in Alameda County range and can be different depending on the type of misdemeanor. However, misdemeanors that don’t have a set punishment listed in the statute could have a maximum penalty of six months in jail and fines up to $1,000. These crimes include the following:


Possession of drugs like cocaine, heroin, or meth for personal use


Shoplifting of property worth $950 or less

  2-5 Years State Prison

Felony Offenses in Oakland, CA

Felony criminal offenses have low-term, mid-term, and high-term prison sentences that range depending on the statute. For a charge like drug possession transportation, you could face a sentence of 3, 4, or 5 years instead of a sentence of 3 to 5 years. The judge must choose a specific number of years for a jail sentence. Your criminal charges could be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor if you were charged with a wobbler crime.


Wobbler Crimes in Alameda County

Wobbler crimes could be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. It is up to the prosecution to decide whether a crime should be charged as a felony or misdemeanor. This decision is often impacted by the circumstances of the crime and if the defendant has had prior convictions. Domestic violence assault is a common wobbler crime. If the assault caused severe injuries, you could be charged with a felony and face 2, 3, or 4 years in prison. If the assault was charged as a misdemeanor, you might face jail time of 1 year and fines up to $6,000.

  25 Years State Prison

California's Three-Strikes Law

California’s three-strikes law aims to prevent individuals with prior convictions for violent felonies from reoffending. Under the three-strikes rule, the penalties progress after each strike:


First serious or violent felony – Normal statutory penalty


Second violent felony – Mandatory sentence of double the normal statutory penalty


Third violent felony – Mandatory sentence of 25 years to life

Without a qualified criminal defense attorney, the outcome of your case is unclear. It takes a skilled criminal lawyer like Seth Morris to discredit the evidence against you, effectively negotiate with the prosecution, and highlight a path to the best possible outcome for your case.

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Areas Served in California

As a California criminal defense law firm, Morris Law proudly serves clients throughout the Bay Area, including:

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Alameda County







Santa Clara County

San Jose

Palo Alto

Marin County

San Francisco County

Napa County

Sonoma County

San Mateo County

Redwood City

South San Francisco

Publications & Appearances

Attorney Morris has been interviewed and called upon to comment on topics and events impacting the legal industry throughout his career. From publications in the Washington Post to speaking at local Universities, Seth Morris has positioned himself as a thought-leader covering today’s legal issues.

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