‘Drunk’ Florida lawyer arrested ‘for stripping at a bar and refusing to put her clothes back on’

‘Drunk’ Florida lawyer, 49, ‘strips completely NAKED and refuses to put her clothes back on at bar after being refused service’

  • Kelly Elkins, 49, arrested on disorderly conduct charge for allegedly stripping naked in St Petersburg, Florida, lounge 
  • Elkins, a lawyer, was refused service at the Beach Lounge because she was too drunk
  • When deputy ordered Elkins to get dressed, she put on a hoodie but would not close it, and she also declared she was ‘too tired’ to put on her pants
  • Two days before disorderly conduct arrest, Elkins was jailed for allegedly having no money to pay for lunch and drinks at a Thai restaurant  










A Florida lawyer has been arrested after authorities say she stripped completely nude at a bar after being refused service because she was already too drunk.

Kelly Elkins, 49, was booked into the Pinellas County jail on Friday on a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, making it her second time behind bars that week.

She was released just hours later on her own recognizance.

According to an arrest affidavit, Elkins walked into the Lounge Bar in St Petersburg just after 2.15am and was refused service by the bar manager because she was deemed too intoxicated.

Kelly Elkins, 49, (in her mug shot) was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge for allegedly stripping naked in a St Petersburg, Florida, lounge, on Friday

When a sheriff's deputy ordered Elkins to get dressed, she put on a hoodie but would not close it, and she also declared she was 'too tired' to put on her pants

When a sheriff’s deputy ordered Elkins to get dressed, she put on a hoodie but would not close it, and she also declared she was ‘too tired’ to put on her pants

Elkins, a lawyer, was refused service at the Beach Lounge (pictured) because she was deemed too drunk

Elkins, a lawyer, was refused service at the Beach Lounge (pictured) because she was deemed too drunk

‘Defendant walked into the restroom and then came back out into the bar unclothed and completely naked,’ according to the complaint.

The manager told Elkins to put her clothes back on and leave, but she refused, prompting the manager to call the sheriff’s office.

The affidavit states that a deputy who responded to the lounge found Elkins in her birthday suit.

She ‘had to be told several times to get dressed, at which time she only put a zip up hoodie on and did not zip the shirt up,’ the deputy wrote in the complaint.

Elkins also allegedly refused to put her pants back on, saying that ‘she was too tired.’

The 49-year-old lawyer would not answer any questions about what had led up to her naked stunt at the bar.

Just two days earlier, Elkins was arrested on a charge of obtaining food or lodging with intent to defraud.

Elkins has been a lawyer for more than 20 years

Elkins has been a lawyer for more than 20 years. Just two days before the bar incident, Elkins was arrested on a charge of obtaining food or lodging with intent to defraud.

Two days before the disorderly conduct arrest, Elkins (left) was jailed for allegedly having no money to pay for lunch and drinks at a Thai restaurant

Two days before the disorderly conduct arrest, Elkins (left) was jailed for allegedly having no money to pay for lunch and drinks at a Thai restaurant

According to a complaint filed in that case, Elkins had lunch and multiple alcoholic beverages valued at just over $38 at Nori Thai restaurant in St Petersburg on Wednesday afternoon.

When she received the bill, Elkins did not have money to cover the charges and instead offered her purse as payment.

Elkins was hauled off to the county jail, from which she was released on her own recognizance the following morning.

In 2019, Elkins was picked up on a charge of driving under the influence, which was later downgraded to reckless driving, after she was found drunk inside her BMW with the engine running.

Elkins, a graduate of John Marshall Law School, was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001 and is listed as a member in good standing with no history of disciplinary actions against her.

Elkins’ LinkedIn page indicates that she has operated a private practice for the past six years, and she also is a licensed real estate agent. 

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