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Public Assistance (Welfare) Fraud Attorney in Tampa

Have you been charged with Public Assistance Fraud, also known as Welfare Fraud, in the Tampa area? Has an investigator left his or her card at your door asking you to call to discuss possible welfare ...
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Solicitation of Prostitution in Florida Carries a $5000 Fine!

Don't just plea guilty if you are charged with solicitation of prostitution in Florida or you will get smacked with a $5,000 fine! Florida recently changed the penalty for solicitation of ...
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What Happens After I Am Charged With Domestic Violence Battery in Florida?

If you have been charged with domestic violence battery in Florida, your whole world can be turned upside down very quickly. First, unlike many other misdemeanor offenses, there is never a bond issued ...
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Florida Driver Tells Cops He Was Trying To "Drive Off" His Buzz!

A driver in Stuart, Florida made a big mistake when he was pulled over for drunk driving recently. Michael Moore (no relation to the filmmaker, we think) told police he was trying to "drive ...
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Traveling to Meet a Minor - Criminal Defense Case Law Update

At Taracks Gomez & Rickman, we handle a wide variety of criminal defense cases, including cases that some firms might not handle because of the serious nature of the allegations. This includes sex ...
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New Increased Penalties for Welfare Fraud AKA Public Assistance Fraud Under Senate Bill

A Senate Panel has OK'ed a new bill (SB 7044) that would raise the penalties for public assistance fraud, also known as welfare fraud. Under the bill, fraud in excess of $20,000 but less than ...
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Tampa Animal Cruelty Laws & Penalties - Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Blog

Often times clients approach us and ask what are Florida's laws on Animal Cruelty. Under Florida Statute 828.12, depending on the severity of the cruelty, an individual can be charged with either ...
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Hillsborough County DUI Checkpoints on Saturday March 15, 2014

On Saturday, March 15 2014 HCSO is conducting DUI check points and increased DUI patrol in and around the Tampa area. This is being done in anticipation of St. Patricks Day Celebrations across Tampa ...
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How to Contact an Inmate at Orient Road or Falkenburg Road Jail

Are you trying to contact an inmate at either Falkenburg Road Jail or Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough County, Florida? First, the "Inmate Information Line" is 1-813-247-8300. You will need ...
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Taracks Gomez & Rickman Secures Two Domestic Violence Dismissals in One Morning

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 one of our firm's lawyers had two separate domestic violence injunctions dismissed, meaning wins for both of his clients! In the first case, our client (a mother) ...
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Beiber's Low BAC - How does it impact his DUI case?

The results of pop star Justin Bieber's DUI breath test are in, and it looks like the singer, 19, blew a.014 - just a fraction of the legal limit! In his arrest affidavit, the Officer who busted ...
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Tampa Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Blog

Have you been accused of a crime by the Federal Government? At Taracks Gomez & Rickman we have a full team of lawyers on staff licensed in both State and Federal Court ready to fight to protect ...
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How Cold Is It? Escaped Convict Turns Himself Back In To Avoid The Cold!

We Floridians may not understand just how cold it actually is across the US this Winter. In Kentucky, it is so cold that an escaped convict actually turned himself back in to custody rather than ...
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Child Custody in Tampa, Florida: What You Need to Know

In today's world, it is commonplace for parents of a child to be separated or never married to begin with. While these situations often work out well, in other instances the parents cannot seem to ...
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Federal Judge Rules NSA Tracking of Phone Records is Legal

A Federal Court in New York ruled on Friday that the NSA program that systematically tracks phone records of millions of Americans is legal. This creates a conflict amongst other Courts, which may ...
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November 7 2013 - HCSO Conducting Increased DUI Patrol in Southern Hillsborough County

Tonight, Thursday, November 7, HCSO will be on heightened DUI patrol in Southern Hillsborough County. These increased patrol nights typically yield multiple DUI arrests, so drivers in the area should ...
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Street Racing (Highway Racing) in Tampa

Have you been cited for street racing in Florida? In Florida, Street Racing (aka Highway Racing) is a misdemeanor criminal offense. One important fact you need to know is that even a first time ...
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To Catch a Predator? Entrapment in Traveling to Meet a Minor Cases

We have all seen the TV shows and heard the news reports of people being arrested in sting operations designed the catch adults using the internet to meet minors for sex. What we don't see is what ...
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Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: What is False Imprisonment

Florida Statute 787.02 governs the crime of False Imprisonment. In Florida, the term “false imprisonment” is defined as: Forcibly, by threat, or secretly confining, abducting, imprisoning, ...
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The Ignition Interlock Program in Florida

The ignition interlock device (IID) is a breath testing machine installed in the vehicles of some who are convicted of driving under the influence in the state of Florida. This is referred to as ...
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October 17 DUI Checkpoint in Hillsborough County

Thursday, October 17 there will be a DUI Checkpoint in Hillsborough County at the intersection of Highway 92/C.R. 579. Drivers in the area should be prepared to be stopped and possibly asked to submit ...
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What Fines Will I Have to Pay for a DUI?

A drunk driving offense can not only threaten your criminal record and your driver's license, but it can also pose a financial burden. Like many other criminal offenses, people convicted of ...
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Tampa Domestic Violence Injunction/ Restraining Order Lawyer - What you should know if you were served with a DVI

What is a Temporary Injunction? If you were served with a court order called a "temporary injunction," it is first important to know that this order remains in effect until resolved at a ...
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The Hillsborough County Noise Control Ordinance

§ 36-429 of the Hillsborough County municipal codes is the official noise control ordinance. According to this ordinance, anyone can be cited for a noise violation if they: Make a noise ...
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Hillsborough County "Vicious Animal" and "Dangerous Dog" Citations

Hillsborough County Ordinance 6-27 Section 9-A governs "Vicious animals and dangerous dogs." In Hillsborough County: "No person shall allow a companion animal, when unprovoked, to bite, ...
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