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Category Archives: Domestic Violence

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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How can I get rid of this domestic violence injunction against me?

Individuals with domestic violence injunctions against them are always interested in trying to get them set aside, so they can possess firearms, have the injunction of their record, have contact with the other party, etc.  Our Tampa domestic violence injunction attorneys have extensive experience both defending, prosecuting and setting aside domestic violence injunctions.  Florida Statute […]

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Are there special programs for first time offenders in Hillsborough County?

Our Tampa Criminal Defense Attorneys are often asked this questions by normal folks, who unfortunately have their first brush with the law.  Of course, they charges can range from driving under the influence, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, battery or other possession of controlled substance charges. Fortunately for most folks, there are ample opportunities for first […]

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

Many individuals previously convicted of criminal charges in Florida are incredibly frustrated with Florida’s current sentencing structure which permits the State Attorney’s Office in its preparation of scoresheets and plea negotiations to continue to bring up old charges.  Further, most judges in misdemeanor cases, which do not invoke the Florida scoresheet system, consider prior convictions […]

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I violated probation, should I still go to my probation appointment?

This question is a somewhat difficult question for Tampa violation of probation attorneys since it sort of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.  As we have discussed elsewhere on our Tampa violation of probation attorney blog, there are two types of violations of probation – substantive and technical.  Substantive violations involve […]

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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 is referring 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 […]

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Why did the judge ask me about my immigration status during my plea colloquy?

In Florida, nearly all criminal judges are now asking criminal defendants about their immigration status during their plea colloquies and whether they have had adequate time to consult with an immigration attorney if they have immigration concerns. This entire issue derives from a United States Supreme Court case titled, Padilla vs. Kentucky. In this case, […]

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Brandon DUI Attorneys: Why do individuals waive their speedy trial rights?

Brandon DUI Attorneys are often asked by their clients about why they should consider waiving their speedy trial rights. Anyone who has been in a Tampa Bay area criminal courtroom has seen the overwhelming majority of individuals waive their speedy trial rights quickly and without much consultation or deliberation. Frankly, we strongly recommend that majority […]

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Tampa Criminal Lawyers: What are speedy trial rights in Florida?

Tampa Criminal Lawyers are often asked about speedy trial rights as anyone that sat in a criminal court in the Tampa Bay area has heard judges constantly asking whether or not the defendant waives their right to speedy trial. In order to properly answer the above reference question, it is important to identify the two differences […]

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Tampa Criminal Attorney: Can this case be beat at trial?

Determining whether something can be beat at trial is a complex determination.  Of the questions posed to Tampa criminal attorneys, this is obviously the most common.  In short, it is necessary to consider a number of factors for making this determination.  In this blog article, we’ll highlight four of the most important factors to analyze […]

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