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Barry Kevin Taracks

Criminal defense Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.5   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Barry

Learn Barry’s areas of practice.

As a criminal defense attorney, Barry became certified in the operation of the Intoxilyzer 5000, the instrument used to test all DUI suspects in the State of Florida, up until the introduction of the Intoxilyzer 8000 in 2006. He has handled in excess of 5500 criminal cases and was lead attorney in over 179 jury trials.

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Attorney Barry Taracks, founder of Taracks & Associates, is a former state prosecutor with years of professional experience in criminal cases.

Location

Taracks & Associates
3210 West Cypress Street
Tampa, FL, 33607

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4.5 / 5.0
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Posted by Carie | March 29, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
We have known Barry for over 20 years and have referred him to several people. Every referral and every client we know was extremely happy!! Barry is ethical and personable, but his best attribute is his courtroom knowledge!! He is sincere and understands the issues to manage the cases for the best outcome. Every courtroom is different and it is not easy handling multiple cases in multiple courtrooms, but Barry not only handles it, but he is excellent in every detail. His attention to detail is above and beyond, which makes Barry stand out among his peers.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2023
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Excellent!
Barry is a busy guy, but certainly gets the job done. He and his staff go above and beyond to guide you through whatever legal process you are facing. Moreover, he will work tirelessly to get you the best outcome and ensure you are properly represented. Definitely an effective and compassionate team!
Posted by Cynthia Cuebas | August 22, 2023
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Gratitude for Attorney's Outstanding Work!
I am absolutely thrilled to write this positive review for the exceptional criminal defense attorney Barry Taracks, who represented my son, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the outstanding job they did (the attorney and his staff). From the moment we hired them, it was evident that we were in the hands of a true professional. Their dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were truly remarkable. Throughout the entire process, the attorney demonstrated a deep understanding of the legal intricacies involved in my son's case. He meticulously reviewed the evidence, researched precedents, and developed a well-thought-out strategy. His attention to detail was remarkable, and it was clear that he was truly committed to achieving the best possible outcome. What truly stood out was Attorney Barry Taracks his genuine empathy, and compassion. He understood the stress and emotional toll that legal proceedings can take on families, and he consistently provided us with support and reassurance. This level of care went beyond what we expected, and it made an incredibly challenging time more manageable. In the end, thanks to the attorney's and his staff’s hard work and dedication, my son's case had a positive outcome that exceeded our expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend Attorney Barry Taracks to anyone seeking a skilled, compassionate, and effective criminal defense representation. Their commitment to justice and their clients is truly remarkable, and we are forever grateful for their exceptional work. Thank you!
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Posted by Nicholas | June 22, 2020
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Went above and beyond
Barry went above and beyond in September of 2017 for me and my partner with back to back DUI's within a month apart. He did the best resolution possible and never promised a result he didn't think he could achieve.
Posted by Oscar | February 29, 2020
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NOT GUILTY VERDICT!!!!!!
Went to Jury Trial for a Burglary charge yesterday and was found not guilty!!!!!!!! Not to mention that with 3 prior felonies I was facing 15 years. Mr. Taracks was a Blessing from God. From day one he was on top of things 100%. THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING JOB!!!!!!! My family and I are grateful. God Bless Taracks and Associates
Posted by F.C | February 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!!!!!!
Thank you for helping my other half through this difficult trial, and for ensuring the best possible outcome on his behalf. I am so grateful to you for representing him in court, and for being a powerful advocate for us throughout these difficult times. Thank you so much for your passionate, thoughtful, caring and brilliant work. Thanks to you he will continue to have a normal life and keep his job. I don’t know what we would’ve done without your help. God bless you!!!!!!
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Posted by Marcus Culverhouse | December 3, 2018
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One word... HE'$ F-IN AWESOME!!!!!!
Barry was my lawyer for a sales and delivery case and many violations of probation I recommend him to anyone and everyone especially my family
Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2018
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Great lawyer
Barry was there for me when my own family wouldn't, he was courteous, knowledgeable and got me out of a jam. Highly recommended to anyone who's serious of winning their case.
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2017
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An attorney who is for the people
Our family used Barry Taracks as our lawyer and he was absolutely great! He worked really hard on our difficult case and represented us in the best way possible. His law firm is very responsive and friendly, including Barry who took the time to speak with me out of his busy schedule while I was in town. He managed to handle our case, and with his hard work, resulted in a outcome that I didn't think was possible. My family are extremely happy to have had Barry handle our case. I would definitely recommend him to anyone!
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2017
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TOP NOTCH CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Barry got my case dismissed. He was great about returning my texts, calls, and e-mails. He truly cares about his clients and improving their lives. Besides the fact that he got my case dismissed, he set me up with a program that is helping me stay sober and get on the right track. He is a great human being.
Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2017
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EXCELLENT ATTORNEY!
Barry Taracks came highly recommended to us for a criminal case for a family member. He acted right away on our case and had the charges reduced! He was so professional and understanding to our situation through the entire process! We are so happy we chose Barry Taracks and this law firm to represent us!
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2014
Highly Recommended
From the first meeting with Barry to the continued contact and conclusive representation of my case, Barry successfully got my 2nd DUI charge reduced to a reckless driving. In the event anyone should ask me about legal defense on a DUI, Barry Taracks would by my recommendation.
Posted by Anton | June 7, 2011
The Professional
Faced with a DUI charge I couldn't afford not to have a lawyer. After researching, Barry looked like a great choice and he did not disappoint. Throughout the entire DUI process, Barry and his team worked great togethor to keep me well informed of the process and were always very quick to answer any questions I had. Better put though, the results speak for themselves. Barry Taracks reduced what would have been a DUI charge on my record to a reckless driving. I didn't think that was possible for my case, but that goes to show just how great of a lawyer Barry is. The entire court/DMV process can be draining, but with the support that both Barry and his team provided, it became much more manageable and they definitely provided me with a sense of ease. Barry also help saved my job career with the results he made happen. Should I find myself in the need of an attourney again I will definitely be using Barry and highly suggest you do the same. Thanks. R/S Anton
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Posted by Thomas | September 13, 2022
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No Representation
I am not entirely sure what to make of my experience with Barry Taracks. I hired Mr. Taracks back in April. I was promised he’d fight for me. It’s been 6-months and he laughed at me back in May when I asked him if this could last 3-4 months. He assured and reassured me that would not be the case… it’s been 6-months. Mr. Taracks refused to take my calls in jail, or help get me out of jail. That is when a fellow inmate told me to call his lawyer who got me out of jail a few short days later. I was in jail for 19 days, nearly lost my trained Service Dog, and all my belongings, and Mr. Taracks and his firm ignored my calls and did nothing. Mr. Taracks has blown off our last three scheduled phone calls, and I learned from the firm currently representing me that Mr. Taracks didn’t even download the discovery in my case. All Mr. Taracks did was charge me thousands of dollars, try to get me to take a plea deal on a charge I’m not guilty on, and make my situation worse. I have worked with a lot of lawyers and my experience with Mr. Taracks defies logic, utter disregard for the one thing I hired him to do. I am now having to pay to reset depositions and for a new firm to do them. My new representation told me they have never seen an attorney not download discovery like Mr. Taracks failed to do in my case.
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Posted by Deb | August 29, 2017
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All talk but no follow through once he receives your money
We met Attorney Barry Taracks when my 21 year old son was arrested for a DUI in 2016. We interviewed several Tampa attorneys and selected Barry because of his positive "can do" attitude and also the confidence he displayed about his networking skills and knowledge of the process. Since my son was not caught driving drunk, nor were there any videos of him drinking and driving and he had never been arrested ever in his life at anytime for anything, Barry said that a 'wreckless driving' conviction should be expected as a worse case scenario. Of course he could not promise the outcome and we didn't expect him to know what the outcome would be. However, he told us he was an aggressive attorney who knows the key players at the police departments and courthouse to plea the case down. He said he would craft and write a well thought out letter to the DA describing my son's accomplishments and recent graduation from college to help put a story behind the accused defendant, my son. He also said, if a worst case scenario DUI conviction occurred, he had a great contact for cheap auto insurance to 'get my son back on his feet'. Well, once we paid the $3500 to his secretary, Brenda (who all of a sudden becomes unfriendly and hard to reach) everything changed. Barry was always busy and never returned calls or emails. Months and months went by with his office asking the court for a continuance on my son's case. We NEVER saw any letter ever written and provided to the DA about my son's good behavior, Dean's list status at college or accomplishments about my son's good behavior and past. After almost a year of delaying my son's case, he tells my son that the 'new judge' is really tough on first time offenders and convinced my son that taking a plea deal of 'no contest' was the way to go. After the hearing was over, and my son was officially convicted of a DUI (since he didn't have an attorney who spent anytime planning a strategy for his case and defense) we asked for the auto insurance contact that he spoke of during our consultation. Well, after many requests we didn't receive a name, contact number or even an email back from his law office with help or suggestions. He didn't provide any assistance whatsoever on how to proceed with getting my son's drivers license back, the classes to take, where to pay his fines, where the probation office is located, or what type of auto insurance to seek....NOTHING!!!! So, here is my suggestion if you are looking for an attorney to handle your DUI. Save your $3500 and use a public defender because they will truly have the contacts, know the process and will probably pay more attention to your case then Barry Taracks. I am incredibly disappointed on his lack of attention to details and caring about what really happens to his clients. I will give him credit for being able to talk a good game and he certainly likes to continuously tell his stories about all of the clients he has 'gotten off' but he sure didn't put forth any effort in my son's case. Had I selected an attorney that really walked the talk, then my son could of had a much better defense and a chance of receiving a 'wreckless' conviction. Then he wouldn't have a DUI on his record to ruin his future employment opportunities and his auto insurance would not be almost $10,000 a year. Do your research when looking for an attorney!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Taracks & Associates
  • 1991 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit Court
  • 1986 - 1989

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI with Serious Bodily Injury
  • Reduced sentence. No Prison time.
  • Possession of Marijuana Dismissed
  • Case dismissed.
  • DUI Manslaughter
  • Charge Reduced

Associations

  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • N/A

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Inns of Court (Tampa)
  • DUI
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (8)
Endorse Barry
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Taracks. He is an excellent attorney that takes his job very seriously and is always professional."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Barry. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am familiar with Barry's work both as opposing counsel on matters from when I was a prosecutor and now as a fellow defense attorney. His reputation is of the highest caliber among the lawyers in the Tampa Bay criminal justice system and I would recommend his services without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There are good criminal defense lawyers and then there is Barry. he is on hell of an attorney...."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Barry Taracks is one of the most knowledgeable and well respected attorneys I have had the pleasure of knowing. He embodies the term “advocate” both in and out of the court room and has the knowledge and experience necessary to fight for his clients in virtually any legal arena."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barry is an excellent lawyer. I frequently consult with him. I have the utmost respect for his abilities as an attorney."
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