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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chemical Test Laws in Florida

In the state of Florida, everyone who has been lawfully arrested under suspicion of drunk or drugged driving is required by law to submit to a chemical test. This test can be either a breath test, a ...
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Stalking and Domestic Violence

According to § 741.28 of the Florida Statutes, there are at least ten types of criminal offenses that could constitute an act of domestic violence. One of the listed criminal offenses is ...
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Last Month's Fiery Hillsborough County Collision Allegedly Caused by Drunk Driving

Today, the Tampa Bay Times reported that a man who allegedly fled the scene of a fiery collision last month was arrested after his blood test results indicated a blood alcohol concentration of.105 ...
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Former NFL Star Chad Johnson's Plea Deal Rejected - "Ocho Cinco" Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail!

Former NFL star Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson was sentenced to 30 days in jail today after a Broward County Judge rejected the plea deal he made with the State. The Judge's decision came ...
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Florida's Sexual Battery Law - Tampa Rape Defense Attorney

In Florida, the crime of rape is known as "sexual battery" and is governed under Florida Statute 794.011. For purposes of this law, sexual battery (rape) is defined as: "oral, anal, or ...
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Taracks Gomez & Rickman Wins Sexual Battery Jury Trial

May 16, 2013 - Tampa, Florida Recently, our firm was faced with one of the toughest situations we have ever been involved with. Our client was charged with one of the most heinous crimes imaginable: ...
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Taracks Gomez & Rickman Wins Highway Racing Trial; Helps Client Avoid 2 Year License Revocation

Our client was accused of racing on the highway, a misdemeanor traffic offense. The major problem a driver faces when charged with this crime is that he or she faces a mandatory two-year license ...
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Tampa / Plant City Prostitution Defense Lawyer - $5000 Civil Penalty Assessed on Solicitation of Prostitution Cases!

Beginning in 2013, the "civil penalty" for solicitation of prostitution has been increased from $500.00 to $5,250.00. This astronomical hike in price was obviously created as a tax / ...
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Tampa PD Impounding Cars Used in Prostitution Sting: What do I do if my car has been impounded in a prostitution or drug arrest?

Under City of Tampa Code Section 14-30, vehicles used in prostitution or misdemeanor drug (marijuana) busts can be impounded by the City. The impounding officer completes a form called "Notice of ...
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