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Category Archives: Driving Under the Influence/DUI

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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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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Does my probation officer have to violate me?

Many Violation of Probation Attorneys Tampa are asked from their clients facing a violation of probation, if it is absolutely necessary for the probation officer to violate them or if they can just ignore or disregard the violation. While many probation officers have that ability, very few actually exercise the discretion for the benefit of […]

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Brandon Probation Attorneys: How can I buy out my community service?

Our Brandon Probation Attorneys are often asked by folks about trying to buy out their community service hours.  I have advised countless folks that if you make more than $10.00 an hour and the Court will permit it, it certainly makes better sense.  The Court will generally permit an individual to buy out those hours […]

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What is “a year and a day” in a criminal courtroom?

Many Criminal Attorney Tampa are asked this question by their clients, especially when plea negotiations are centered around the individual facing roughly a year in jail/prison. A year and a day results in a defendant being housed in a Florida State Prison as opposed to a county jail.  In our experience, representing over a thousand […]

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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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Tampa Criminal Lawyer: What are severe injury points relating to a Florida scoresheet?

Tampa Criminal Lawyers routinely deal with issues relating to the victim injury points being added to a Florida scoresheet. This effect is twofold – victim injury points almost certainly either make the minimum sentence some time in prison and/or significantly increases any potential prison sentence. In short, Florida law permits the Assistant State Attorney handling […]

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Lakeland Criminal Defense Attorneys: What is a suspended sentence?

Many Lakeland Criminal Defense Attorneys are asked about what specifically a suspended sentence is because Polk County and Hillsborough County Judges utilize them.  In short, a suspended sentence is effectively a sentence someone will get if they do something in the future.   For example, an individual may be sentenced to five (5) years in prison […]

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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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