Richard N Watts St. Petersburg Attorney is a real slimeball. Very Unethical. He will sell you a dream!! From the start of the case before he got the money he said he would try for a inpatient drug program and the minimum amount of prison time. LIAR!!!! When he got the money his story changed so many times as to what his client was facing. To make a long story short the day of the trial this attorney-Mr. Watts sent the clients family out of the courtroom and told them they were about to select a jury (LIE) and he would call them, when court was in session for their case (ANOTHER LIE). The family got his phone call after the court had sentenced the client.
The only witness that showed up that was suppose to be on the prosecutions side stood up and said NO one was hit that night. Richard Watts and the prosecutor asked the witness 3 times, Did you see anyone get hit that night , he replied NO, ALL 3 times. Richard Watts informed him that they would not need him in the cout room UNTIL 1:00PM, that day. ANOTHER LIE! When the clients family left the court room Mr. Watts then went in to talk with his client who had not even been in the courtroom because they had just brought him over from the jail. Mr. Watts told his client that 3 of the victims were there to testify against him LIE LIE LIE!!! Only one so called victim showed up and said nothing really happened. This was great news but NOT what everyone wanted to hear including Mr. Watts himself.
He did not want this to take any longer and wanted it over with right then. . .Maybe he had a golf game to get to??? So what did he do? He went in and Lied to his own client and told him that 3 victims were in the court room and that they were ready to testify against him. Then he said they have offered you 7 years and you will have to take it. The client did not want to take it but Mr. Watts said they could give you 15 years so you should take it. The client took it. He got 7 years for having a gun that was not loaded. This client DOES NOT HAVE A VIOLENT RECORD.. . GUN was not loaded and No one got hurt!!!!. This Client does have 3 children under the age of 5, that will be without their father for YEARS, Thanks to Mr. Watts!