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Focusing on all areas of criminal defense in all nine Bay Area counties, Seth Morris recognizes the urgency of your charges and your need for a reliable attorney who’s there when you call. If you or your loved one is facing criminal charges involving DUI, domestic violence, firearms, narcotics, sex crimes, murder, or any other felony or misdemeanor offense, you need a strong advocate who you can trust.

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Practice Areas

As an experienced Bay Area criminal defense firm, we know how terrifying it can be when you or your loved one is facing criminal charges. Whether they are felony or misdemeanor charges, we provide top-shelf service to every client. We will help to protect your rights and your future, whatever the allegations may be.

  • Drug Crimes – 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 negligent discharge to possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, we’ll explain your rights under California’s gun laws;
  • Assault and battery – Whether a misdemeanor or felony, we will defend against charges of assault with a firearm, assault against a domestic partner, assault with a deadly weapon, or with force likely to cause injury;
  • Sex Crimes – Complex and ranging in severity, we defend against sex crimes such as rape, sexual assault, human trafficking, child abuse, among other offenses;
  • School suspension and expulsion – we have experience dealing with school districts and universities when a student is facing suspension or expulsion based on alleged wrongdoing;
  • DUI – 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 – From involuntary manslaughter to murder in the first degree, we’ll mount a robust defense to the charges, analyzing every detail of the case and standing with the accused at every step of the process.

No matter the offense, Seth Morris believes you have to fight hard just to be treated fairly in our system. If you don’t have a fighter in your corner, the system will process you, label you a criminal, and take away your rights. Seth works tirelessly to provide a strong defense on your behalf, to protect your rights, and to fight to have your case dismissed or resolved – on your terms.

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Seth’s Full Bio

Seth Morris concentrates on criminal defense in California trial courts and federal courts. Before founding Morris Law, Seth was a partner at Cooper, Cooper & Morris in Berkeley, California for five years. Before that, Seth was a Deputy Public Defender in Alameda County, California for nearly a decade handling all types of cases including robbery, rape, child molest, domestic violence, vehicular manslaughter, human trafficking, and murder. He has a broad understanding of California law as well as the U.S. Constitution. Before he was a public defender, Seth was a litigation associate at the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world.

From 2012 to 2013, Seth served as a Commissioner on the Berkeley Police Review Commission, Berkeley’s citizen oversight board that reviews police department policies and complaints of officer misconduct. Seth is a nationally-recognized expert on police body cameras. In 2015 Seth was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to contribute to its Body-Worn Camera Toolkit. As part of the White House’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Seth has been flown to Washington DC twice by the DOJ to share his expert perspective on the use of police body cameras.

Between college and law school, Seth taught 3rd grade at Lincoln Elementary in Compton, California as part of a two-year commitment to teach in an under-resourced school district through Teach for America. During that time, Seth earned a Masters Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University.

Seth is a graduate of Columbia University, receiving a B.A. in Philosophy in 2001.

Seth has been a guest on MSNBC, NBC Bay Area, and NPR and his writing on criminal defense and police reform issues has been published in the Washington Post, Salon, and Vanity Fair. Below is a partial list of his recent publications and appearances:

All Publications & Appearances

April 22, 2016: NBC Bay Area interviewed Seth in a special investigation report on local police’s use and misuse of body cameras. Part 2 of 2. Link here.

Feb 11, 2016: NBC Bay Area interviewed Seth in a special investigation report on local police’s use and misuse of body cameras. Part 1 of 2. Link here.

November 6, 2015: Guest speaker on the Body Camera Panel at The Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal symposium entitled: “21st Century Civil Rights: Community Empowerment Police Reform.”

September 29, 2015: Guest Lecturer at Professor Nikki Jones class at UC Berkeley in the Dept of African American studies discussing race, poverty, and the crisis of mass incarceration in the criminal justice system.

July 15, 2015: Seth was interviewed by Brendan Bartholomew for his SF Examiner piece regarding the lack of a public defender’s office in San Mateo County. Piece here.

July 9, 2015: KQED (local NPR affiliate) aired a piece Seth wrote about the importance of public defenders in the conversation about police misconduct in local communities. Link here.

May 18, 2015: The U.S. Dept. of Justice rolled out its national Toolkit on the use of police body cameras. Seth was interviewed and featured on the site, offering the public defender’s perspective on the use of body cameras. Link here.

February 26–27, 2015: Seth was flown to Washington, D.C. by the Dept. of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to speak on their Expert Panel on the topic of body cameras.

February 11, 2015: Seth was interviewed by Robert Gammon for his East Bay Express article “OPD’s War on the Poor Needs to End.” Link here.

February 8, 2015: Seth wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe Magazine, thanking them for their piece “Defending those accused of unthinkable crimes” by Scott Helman (original article here: http://bit.ly/1zPz87y). The link to his letter is here.

February 4, 2015: Seth was a guest on KALW’s Your Call for a show entitled Should Police Wear Body Cameras? Link here.

February 3, 2015: “23 Years After Rodney King, Victims of Police Violence Get Even Less Justice,” by Seth Morris, published by Vanity Fair, link here.

January 20, 2015: “Supreme Court’s police debacle: How it quietly helped cops prey on poor people” by Seth Morris. Published on Salon, link here.

December 11, 21014: “Public defender: I could get indictments in Garner, Brown cases.” Appearance on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, link here.

December 8, 2014: “It would have been very simple to indict Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo. Here’s how.” By Seth Morris. Published in the Washington Post, link here.

Education

  • Columbia University, BA Philosophy, 2001
  • Loyola Marymount University, MA Education, 2003
  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law – Boalt Hall, JD, 2006

Admissions

  • California, 2006 – Current, #244910
  • Federal Bar, 2006 – Current

Professional Memberships

  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

Languages

  • Spanish (conversational)