A Defense Attorney That Brings Passion to Your Case

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 a Berkeley criminal defense attorney practicing in California trial courts and federal courts, Seth understands the uphill battle you face when entering the 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 went to bat for our family and got the best possible outcome.
Jose H.

Seth has built a reputation for being a dependable attorney you can trust to be there when you need him. Criminal charges require quick action and a sense of urgency that sadly 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 criminal court process.

Seth Morris oakland criminal defense attorney

How a Berkeley Criminal Attorney Benefits You

From resources like expert witnesses to negotiating with the prosecution, a skilled Berkeley Criminal Defense Attorney is invaluable to your case.

Here’s How:

Experience in Local Bay Area Courts

A Berkeley criminal defense attorney has experience defending clients in local courts throughout the Bay Area. You can expect to appear in the following court:

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

When you need to appear in court, it won’t be Seth’s first time there.

Thorough Understanding of California 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 defense attorney can challenge the evidence against you and fight to have it thrown out.

Providing Dedicated Representation

A 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.

Morris Law Defends Against Many Offenses

Morris Law has handled hundreds of cases as an experienced Berkeley criminal defense firm serving all nine Bay Area counties. Whether you were charged with a felony or misdemeanor, we’ll build a solid defense for the following 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;
  • 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;
  • Felony Crimes – ranging in severity, a felony conviction can result in high penalties. We defend against many felony charges and protect your rights in court.

No matter what crime you’re charged with, your future could be unclear if you’re arrested and taken to the Berkeley Police Department. Seth Morris will examine your case and give you options.

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.

Sex Crimes

Complex and ranging in severity, we defend against sex crimes such as rape, sexual assault, human trafficking, child abuse, among other offenses.

Domestic Violence

Whether you’re charged with violating a restraining order, spousal abuse, or another domestic violence offense, we’ll protect your rights.

Violent Crimes

No matter what type of violent crime you have been charged with, the consequences of a conviction could permanently alter the course of your life. Do not risk your future.

Weapon Crimes

A gun charge lawyer examines your case and gives you options. Don’t risk fighting these charges alone.

Title IX

When you have been accused of Title IX violations, you need to take action to protect your future and preserve your reputation.

DUI

Whether your charges are fought through negotiations with the prosecutor or trial, a Berkeley DUI attorney like Seth Morris has the knowledge and skills to help you avoid damaging your reputation.

Theft

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.

 

You’re Not Alone When You Face High Penalties

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

  1 Year County Jail

Misdemeanor Offenses

The penalties for a misdemeanor offense 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:

 
01

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

02

Shoplifting of property worth $950 or less

03

Simple assault or battery

 
  2-5 Years State Prison

Felony Offenses

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 charges could be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor if you were charged with a wobbler crime.

 

Wobbler Crimes

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

The 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:

 
01

First serious or violent felony – Normal statutory penalty

02

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

03

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 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.

 
arrow pointing down
But Seth Morris can help you fight these sentences. Contact Him Now

Serving Clients Throughout The Bay Area

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

Alameda County

Dublin

Martinez

Richmond

Pittsburg

Vallejo

Fairfield

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.

See All News Media