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Category Archives: Domestic Violence

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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Why can the State Attorney’s Office continue to bring up my prior criminal charges?

Our Criminal Attorneys Tampa are often asked about these issues.  Many individuals previously convicted of criminal charges in Florida are incredibly frustrated with Florida’s current sentencing structure which permits the prosecution in its preparation of score sheets to continue to bring up old charges.  Further, many judges in misdemeanor cases, which legally do not rely […]

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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 community control?

Many Tampa criminal defense attorneys are often asked about what specifically community control entails as part of a criminal sentence.   As we have discussed elsewhere on our Tampa criminal defense attorney blog, community control is a potential sentencing option during your Florida criminal case.   Chapter 948 provides the statutory limitations for community control and/or probation.  […]

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Tampa Criminal Lawyers: Can I testify on my own behalf?

Tampa criminal lawyers are constantly discussing with their clients whether they should testify on their own behalf.   This is one of the most important decisions made in any trial.  As I am sure you are aware, if you are reading our Tampa criminal lawyer blog, the decision as to whether to testify in your […]

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What is a furlough or turn in date? Can I get one?

A furlough or turn in date provides a criminal defendant the opportunity to be sentenced to a county jail or state prison sentence, but “turn in” later.  For example, if an individual enters a plea to a sentence of a year and a day in a Florida State Prison on December 15th and the defendant […]

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What is the Jimmy Ryce Act?

Tampa sex crimes attorneys are often asked about the Jimmy Ryce Act and its potential implications on those convicted of sex crimes after they either successfully complete probation or are released from Prison/Jail.  The Act is named after a young child, who was a victim of an extremely violent and dangerous individual with prior sexual […]

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What is competency to proceed?

While our Tampa criminal attorney blog has discussed issues concerning not guilty by reason of insanity, which was recently highlighted by the Julie Schenecker trial in Tampa, competency is a wholly different, separate issue.  While not guilty by reason of insanity is an issue raised at the conclusion of a trial relating to guilty and […]

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What does Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity mean?

The Julie Schenecker trial brought to the forefront an issue often raised by Tampa criminal defense attorney, the use of the defense of not guilty by reason of insanity.   While it is often discussed by television personalities and the writers behind many popular television shows and movies, it simply isn’t successfully asserted as often as […]

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What is an open plea?

Tampa criminal lawyers are often asked about what an open plea actually entails.  An open plea is a plea, where there is no agreement for a specific sentence with the prosecutor, be it the State Attorney’s Office or the United States Attorney’s Office.   While the overwhelming majority of pleas involve an agreed upon sentence and […]

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