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  • Can My Case Be Thrown Out?

    Very few cases are actually just thrown out, the best and most efficient means to get a case dismissed is to demonstrate weaknesses to the State Attorneys Office concerning the strength of their case. Additionally, the most effective ways to get a case thrown out are through wha...

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  • I saw the Jodi Arias Trial, Will The Jury Ask Me Lots of Questions?

    While the Jodi Arias trial has captured the attention of the nation, it has certainly not reached the level of national hysteria of the Casey Anthony trial. One of the most telling moments of trial occurred when the jury asked Arias over hundred question concerning her recountin...

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  • If the Judge only knew this, He/She Would Drop the Charges…

    Unfortunately, there is a very popular myth that Florida criminal judges simply drop or order the State Attorneys Office to drop charges often. This is incredibly far from the truth. Even worse, many unrepresented folks charged with very serious crimes attempt to explain away th...

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  • What is “beyond a reasonable doubt?”

    As we continue through our basics of the Florida criminal justice system, it is important; we discuss arguably the most important aspect of the criminal justice system, the standard or the burden. Beyond a reasonable doubt is the standard of proof the prosecution must prove du...

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  • What does “bond” mean?

    First and foremost, it is worth discussing what does bond even mean. It is essentially the monetary amount to ensure your appearance. It is principally in place to ensure someones appearance at court appearances, including trial and/or sentencing. Obviously, if you do not appear...

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  • What is the amount of the bond going to be?

    First, it is worth mentioning and discussing what exact purpose bond serves. Bond is only intended to ensure your continued appearance at court proceedings. Secondly, it is impossible to accurately determine the bond in your case without knowing many factors including the speci...

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  • What is probation?

    Often time for many people unfamiliar with the criminal justice system have heard the term probation before, but are totally unaware of what it exactly means. First and foremost, probation is very difficult. It requires one to have a very flexible work schedule, free time to co...

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  • The State Dropped the Charges Against Me, Can the State Go Forward on the VOP?

    This is arguably the most common question posed to the violation of probation attorneys of Blumenauer Hackworth. The scenario generally proceeds as follows. An individual is placed on probation and charged with a new substantive law violation. An affidavit of violation of probat...

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  • My Probation Officer and I Are Constantly Fighting?

    Unfortunately, this is another common occurrence for people in Central Florida on probation. It is one of the nasty, unfortunate facts of probations that often times probation officers and probationers do not get along, especially given the basis of the relationship. The St. Pet...

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  • So I Was Arrested For Prostitution Charge?

    Unfortunately, prostitution charges carry a very severe and unusual stigma and harsh circumstances as compared to other charges. Many courts in Central Florida, including Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties require those charged with sexual related crimes to undergo testing ...

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