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Uncertain Times May Lead to More Wrongful Convictions

A recent news story out of California reported a 50 percent increase in robberies in Santa Ana. Suspects are taking advantage of public health guidelines requiring the use of a mask or face covering in public places like gas stations, liquor stores, and grocery stores. It’s not the first news story we’ve seen related to […]

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Can Your Criminal Sentence Be Reduced or Modified?

If you have been convicted of a crime, you may be wondering what can be done to reduce, modify, or correct your sentence following a criminal conviction. In this brief article, a criminal defense lawyer in Tampa with The Rickman Law Firm covers the circumstances in which your sentence may be modified or reduced. If […]

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In Quarantine With an Abuser — When the Victim Becomes the Accused

The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that, on average, more than one in three women and one in four men in the United States will have experienced some form of violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The nationwide quarantine, enforced as a result of the coronavirus, has caused a drastic increase in the […]

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence

Coronavirus disease 2019, otherwise known as COVID-19, has resulted in a number of adverse conditions across the United States, including a sizable increase in domestic violence cases. In this brief article, a domestic violence defense lawyer in Tampa with The Rickman Law Firm will discuss the psychology behind why COVID-19 has resulted in increased allegations […]

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What to Expect if You Violate Your Probation

Complying with the terms of your probation is incredibly important if you wish to avoid serious penalties, such as an extension or termination of your probation. In this article, we discuss what is considered a violation of probation and the possible consequences you could face. If your probation officer has accused you of violating your […]

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What You Need to Know About the Rise of Coronavirus-Based Cybercrime

As of March 30, 2020, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had received, reviewed, and reported on more than 1,200 complaints related to COVID-19 cybersecurity attacks. These numbers have since continued to increase as companies and remote workers alike have attempted to move online without securing externally-accessed systems […]

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False Domestic Violence Accusations: What to Do When You’re the Real Victim

Actor Johnny Depp has endured a legal hailstorm the past couple of years following his $7 million divorce from Amber Heard. As the Washington Post reported, “Court documents detailed, among others, an instance of domestic violence that Heard said took place two days before she filed for divorce.” Since the divorce, Depp has had to […]

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Does Aggravated Assault Carry a Mandatory Prison Sentence?

10-20-Life. Named after the three minimum sentences it sets out, this law is designed to elicit fear in anyone considering committing a felony with the use of a firearm. And while this law has certainly curbed crime in the past, there will always be situations that don’t call for minimum sentencing. One such offense is […]

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Does Double Jeopardy Apply to My Case?

Along with providing for other basic rights, the Fifth Amendment asserts that no person shall be “subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” This provision is known as “double jeopardy.” Essentially, you are protected from being prosecuted twice for the same crime. However, as with numerous laws, […]

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The Gray Area of Drug Trafficking Laws

The process that law enforcement undergoes to enforce a penalty for a drug-related crime is pretty straight forward. Honestly, most penalties for drug crimes come down to obtaining a controlled substance from the suspect or their property and the total weight of the illicit substance. To be charged with drug trafficking, the accused is required […]

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Case Results

Tampa DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving

Case Number: 5868-GXV Judge Greco Reduced to Reckless Driving
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CLIENT FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER

The Rickman Law Firm announces that a not guilty verdict was delivered by a jury in the second-degree murder trial of Ruben Rodriguez, a veteran of the U.S. Army who served two tours in Iraq.
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DUI Dropped to Reckless Driving

Hillsborough County 4535-XEP
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