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Category Archives: Blog

What is a motion for contempt?

A Motion for Contempt is used in Tampa family law cases to seek enforcement and sanctions, when a party violates a court order.   The most common motions for contempt relate to violations of timesharing agreements and/or failing to pay child support.  Of course though, a motion for contempt can be used to ensure compliance with […]

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What is a Marital Settlement Agreement?

Tampa Divorce Attorneys are routinely asked by their Clients about the meaning of the term “Marital Settlement Agreement” during the course of litigation.  Many folks have frankly heard the term either through the litigation in their own case or through their own research on the internet on websites, like our site. A Marital Settlement Agreement […]

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What is a no contact order?

A no contact order is a court order entered by a presiding judge limiting a criminal defendant or other party from having contact with another.  This occurs most often when a criminal defendant is accused of a domestic violence charge, including misdemeanor domestic violence, felony domestic violence, domestic battery by strangulation, etc.  These orders are […]

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Will my Florida traffic ticket effect my out of state driving record?

Many Florida traffic ticket attorneys deal with clients who have questions about whether the tickets they receive in the Tampa Bay area will effect their out of state driving record when they return from vacation in Florida. In short, yes, your traffic tickets will follow you home. This is because 45 states, including the District […]

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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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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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