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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

Is the Death Penalty legal in Florida?

Much has been written about the legality of the death penalty in Florida in the last month between the recent execution of Oscar Bolin, a well-known killer in the Tampa Bay area, and the United States Supreme Court ultimately deeming the current death penalty procedure unconstitutional as applied in  Florida four days later.   While the […]

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What is a habitual traffic offender under Florida Law?

Tampa traffic ticket attorneys are often asked about habitual traffic offenders because it is unfortunately one of the most common ways folks’ driver’s license are suspended in Florida.  Most folks simply refer to it as “HTO.”  They are totally unaware of how to correct the situation. This sets them up almost certainly to get charged […]

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The Importance of Avoiding Felony Convictions

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 30% of individuals who were convicted of violent felonies were under the age of 21.[1]   This stat is important for two reasons.  First, the number of individuals convicted of violent felonies is steadily rising.  Secondly and more concerning, a significant number of those folks with violent felony […]

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Who is Going to Be the Judge On My Case?

This is one of the first questions many individuals ask the criminal attorneys and family law lawyers of Hackworth Law.  Ultimately, the specific judge’s primary implication on the case will be by making specific legal decisions in your case, like on a motion to dismiss, motion to suppress, etc.  The current Florida sentencing scoring system […]

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What is a hearing with Judge Perry like?

The overwhelming majority of folks alleged to have violated their probation in Tampa, Florida through a technical violation of probation appear in front of Judge Perry.  Appearing before Judge Perry is an experience unlike any other for most criminal defendants, unless they are properly prepared for such an appearance.  For example, nearly 99% of criminal […]

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What does the phrase Attorney-Client Privilege Mean?

Many Tampa attorneys, in their initial consultation with their clients, will use the phrase “attorney-client” privilege. This phrase relates to the confidentiality between the attorney and their client regarding the matters discussed and exchanged during their meetings. Obviously, this is a far more complex subject than the simple one-sentence definition I provided above, so as […]

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While on sex offender probation, do I have to take classes?

Tampa sex crimes attorneys are often asked about required treatment following the conviction of someone regarding a sex crime in Florida, when on sex offender probation. Yes, individuals do have to attend certain classes after being released from jail and/or state prison. Specifically, Florida Statute Section 948.30(1)(c) requires, “active participation in and successful completion of […]

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Which Judge will handle my violation of probation?

Our Clearwater VOP Attorneys are often asked by our Clients, which judge will be handling their violation of probation case regardless of whether it is a felony or misdemeanor.   All counties have their own arrangements for the handling of VOPs/violations of probation because of the sheer number of the cases in the system.  Prior to […]

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What is the DLAP (Drive Legal Again Program)?

Our Tampa Traffic Ticket Attorneys have significant experience getting our Clients into the DLAP or Drive Legal Again Program, which results in criminal charges being dropped by the State Attorney’s Office upon successful completion of the program.  Generally, this program is offered for first time offenders charged with either Driving While License Suspended or Revoked […]

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