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Judge Dick Greco, Jr., Judge Eric R Myers, Judge Scott A Farr, Judge Lawrence M Lefler, Judge Margaret R Taylor, Judge Richard A Weis, Judge Paul T Jeske, Judge John N Conrad, Judge Art McNeil, DUI  Hillsborough, DUI Tampa,

How are new DUI cases assigned to Judges in Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida DUI Prosecutions?

According to the rules of court, all DUI and criminal traffic offenses which occured concurrently with the offense are assigned to a county criminal division according to the first letter of the defendant's last name.


The county criminal division procedures rule states, "when a notice to appear, criminal report affidavit, or information is filed, the clerk will assign the case according to the following alphabetical distribution." This means that all new cases outside of the Plant City, Florida division will be assigned according to the charts here.

Which Judge will hear my Tampa / Hillsborough County DUI Case?




First Letter
Last Name
Division /
Judge
Floor Courtroom
G, 0, S, U    Division A - Greco   2nd   20  
B, F, P    Division B - Myers   1st Floor   12  
D, M, N, X, Y    Division C - Farr   2nd   24  
C, K, R    Division D - Lefler   2nd   23  
H, L, W    Division E - Taylor   2nd   22  




A, E, J, I, Q, T, V, Z    Division G - Jeske   2nd   21  
First Appearance    Division 0 - Conrad   1st   15
Plant City    Division P - McNeil   2nd   1



Hillsborough County DUI Judges


Tampa DUI Judge Dick A Greco
Judge Dick Greco, Jr.

Division A  2nd Floor Courtroom 20

http://www.fljud13.org/JudicialDirectory/DickGreco,Jr.aspx

Elected Chief Judge.





Hillborough DUI Judge Eric Myers
Judge Eric R Myers

Division B 1st Floor Courtroom 12  

http://www.fljud13.org/JudicialDirectory/EricRMyers.aspx

Appointed to the bench by Jeb Bush in 2000.





Hillsborough DUI Judge Scott Farr
Judge Scott A Farr

Division C 2nd Floor Courtroom 24  

http://www.fljud13.org/JudicialDirectory/ScottAFarr.aspx

Appointed to the bench 2010.





Hillsborough County FL DUI Judge Lawrence Lefler
Judge Lawrence M Lefler

Division D 2nd Floor Courtroom 23  

http://www.fljud13.org/JudicialDirectory/LawrenceMLefler.aspx

Veteran of Armed Services.





Hillsborough County Florida DUI Judge Margaret Taylor
Judge Margaret R Taylor

Division E 2nd Floor Courtroom 22  

http://www.fljud13.org/JudicialDirectory/MargaretRTaylor.aspx

Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005






Tampa Florida DUI Judge Richard Weis
Judge Richard A Weis

Domestic Violence Judge 

Division F 3rd Floor Courtroom 31  

http://www.fljud13.org/JudicialDirectory/RichardAWeis.aspx 





Tampa Florida DUI Judge Paul Jeske
Judge Paul T Jeske

Division G 2nd Floor Courtroom 21  

http://www.fljud13.org/JudicialDirectory/PaulTJeske.aspx







Tampa Florida DUI Judge John Conrad
Judge John N Conrad

Division 0 1st Floor Courtroom 15

http://www.fljud13.org/JudicialDirectory/JohnNConrad.aspx
First Appearance Judge





Plant City Tampa  Florida DUI Judge Art McNeil
Judge Art McNeil

Plant City   Division P - McNeil   2nd Floor   Courtroom 1

http://www.fljud13.org/JudicialDirectory/ArtMcNeil.aspx

Judge Art E. McNeil
301 N. Michigan Ave., Room 2006
Plant City, Florida 33563

Complete Directory of All Hillsborough County Judges

http://www.fljud13.org/JudicialDirectory.aspx
Complete Listing of Misdemeanor Criminal Local Rules of Court
http://www.fljud13.org/AdministrativeOrders/Criminal(MisdemeanorFelony).aspx


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Abstract of judgment, Accessory, Acquittal, Action, Affidavit, Affirmed, Appeal, Arraignment, Arrest, Assault, Asset forfeiture (or attachment), Assistant U.S. Attorney, AUSA,

Bankrupt, Bond,

Capital Offense, Capital Punishment, Case, Charge, Civil forfeiture, Civil Lawyer, Clerk of the court, Complaint, Concealed Weapon, CCW, Continuance, Contraband, Conviction, Criminal Lawyer,

Damages, Defendant, Defense attorney, Deposition, Dismissal, Disorderly Conduct, Docket, Drunk Driving, DUI, DWI,

Embezzlement, Entrapment, Evidence, Extradition,

Felony, Felony Firearm, Financial Litigation Unit, Fraud,

Grand jury,

Guilty,

Hearing,

Indictment, Information,

Jurisdiction, Jury,

Larceny, Lien,

Motion,

No true bill (also called a no bill), Not guilty,

Order,

Plea, Plea agreement, Pre-sentence investigation report, Pretrial conference, Pretrial interview, Probable cause, Probation, Probation Officer, PO,

Remand, Restitution,

Sentence, Statute of limitations, Subpoena, Summons,

Testify, Testimony, Trial, True bill,

Venue, Victim, Victim Impact Statement, Victim/witness coordinator,

White-collar crime, Witness.


Abstract of JudgmentA certification from the U.S. District Court clerk that a judgment of restitution was entered against the defendant owing to the victim. If the defendant inherits, owns, or sells real property or holdings, these assets can then be attached at the state and local levels as well.
AccessoryOne who incites, aids, or abets a lawbreaker in the commission of a crime but is not present at the time of the crime. Also called accessory before the fact.
One who aids a criminal after the commission of a crime, but was not present at the time of the crime. Also called accessory after the fact.
AcquittalA legal finding that the criminal defendant has not been proven guilty of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.
ActionThe case, cause, or controversy before the court.
AffidavitA written statement of facts made under oath before a notary or court officer.
AffirmedA legal finding by a higher court that the ruling or order of a lower court is valid and left to stand.
AppealA formal, written request to a higher court for relief from findings, decisions, or actions of the trial court.
ArraignmentThe first court hearing for a person accused of a crime. In the arraignment, the accused is advised of all pending charges, is asked to plead guilty or not guilty, and is advised of his or her rights in the justice process.
ArrestTaking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
AssaultAn unlawful threat or attempt to do bodily injury to another.
The act or an instance of unlawfully threatening or attempting to injure another.
AssetAnything of value, including any interest (equity) in real or personal property. Assets can be used to satisfy an order for restitution, fines, assessments, or other costs imposed by a court.
Asset Forfeiture (or Attachment)A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, AUSA

A federal prosecutor who represents the U.S. government and its citizens when a federal statute has been violated.

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Bail BondAn assurance, usually backed by money, that a defendant will come to court as required if released from jail before trial.
BankruptBeing declared unable to pay one's debts.
Bond

Another word used for bail in the criminal justice system.

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Capital OffenseA crime so serious that capital punishment is considered appropriate.
Capital PunishmentThe penalty of death for the commission of a crime.
CaseAny proceeding, action, cause, or lawsuit initiated through the court system by filing a complaint, petition, information, or indictment.
ChargeA formal, written accusation that a person violated a law.
Civil ForfeitureThe loss of ownership of property used to conduct illegal activity.
Civil LawyerLawyer who litigates relating to the rights of private individuals and legal proceedings concerning these rights as distinguished from criminal, military, or international regulations or proceedings.
Clerk of the CourtAn officer of the court who is in charge of the court's administrative work.
ComplaintA formal accusation to the court that a person violated a law.
Concealed Weapon, CCWA concealed weapon. Dangerous weapons so carried on the person as to be knowingly or willfully concealed from sight, -- a practice forbidden by statute.
ContinuanceA postponement, for good cause, of a scheduled court event.
ContrabandProhibited or excluded by law or treaty; forbidden; as, contraband goods, or trade.
ConvictionA judgment of guilt against a criminal defendant.
Criminal Lawyer

Lawyer that deals with crimes and their punishments.

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DamagesThe monetary compensation recovered in the courts by a person who has suffered loss to his or her person, property, or rights through the unlawful act or negligence of another.
DefendantA person formally accused of violating a law.
Defense AttorneyA lawyer who legally represents the interests of a defendant.
DepositionOral statement made by a person before an officer authorized by the court to administer oaths.
DismissalThe dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing.
Disorderly ConductAn offense involving disturbance of the public peace and decency.
DocketA list of cases on the court's calendar.
Drunk Driving, DUI, DWI

Driving under the influence (of drugs or alcohol).

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EmbezzlementThe fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else. Larceny denotes a taking, by fraud or stealth, from another's possession; embezzlement denotes an appropriation, by fraud or stealth, of property already in the wrongdoer's possession.
EntrapmentTo catch in or as if in a trap. To lure into danger, difficulty, or a compromising situation. To lure into performing a previously or otherwise uncontemplated illegal act.
EvidenceThe documentary or oral statements and the material objects admissible as testimony in a court of law.
Extradition

The formal process of delivering an accused or convicted person from authorities in one state to authorities in another state.

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FelonyA serious crime.
Felony Firearm A serious crime committed with a weapon, especially a pistol or rifle, capable of firing a projectile and using an explosive charge as a propellant.
Financial Litigation UnitA division of the civil section in the U.S. Attorney's Office responsible for the collection of fines and restitution.
Fraud

Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.

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Grand JuryA panel of citizens who hear evidence collected by the federal prosecutor or his or her agent and then decide whether the evidence is sufficient to believe that a defendant violated a certain law and that the defendant should be formally charged.
Guilty

The finding given by the court or jury in a criminal trial when the evidence presented shows "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the defendant committed the crime.

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Hearing

A formal proceeding with one or more legal issues to be agreed upon or determined.

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IndictmentA formal, written accusation by the grand jury that there is enough evidence to believe the defendant has committed a crime. An indictment is sometimes referred to as a true bill.
Information

The formal written accusation charging a particular crime, brought by the federal prosecutor rather than by the grand jury.

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JurisdictionThe power or authority of a court to hear and decide a case.
Jury

A panel of citizens who listen to evidence presented at a trial and decide whether it proves the defendant violated a law or is financially liable.

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LarcenyThe unlawful taking and removing of another's personal property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner; theft.
Lien

A claim or charge put on property for payment of a debt or performance of an obligation or duty.

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Motion

A written application to the court requesting an order or a ruling in favor of the applicant.

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No True Bill (Also Called a No Bill)A legal procedure to dismiss charges against a defendant when the grand jury does not find enough evidence to charge the defendant with violating a law.
Not Guilty

The finding given by the court or jury in a criminal trial when the evidence presented does not show "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the defendant committed the crime.

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Order

A written direction of the court.

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PleaThe defendant's answer (guilty or not guilty) to the charge made against him or her.
Plea AgreementAn arrangement between the federal prosecutor, the defense attorney, and the defendant in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for special considerations.
Pre-sentence Investigation ReportA formal, written report prepared by the U.S. Probation Department for the court, before the sentencing hearing, that provides the judge with information about the defendant's background, the crime he or she has been convicted of, and the emotional, financial, or physical impact the crime had on the victim.
Pretrial ConferenceAn informal meeting between the federal prosecutor and the defense attorney to clarify issues and, where applicable, to attempt to work out a settlement before any further court filings and proceedings.
Pretrial InterviewAn informal discussion, before the trial, between the federal prosecutor or the defense attorney and witnesses to discuss their knowledge of the crime.
Probable CauseA reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
ProbationA form of punishment that allows the defendant to live in a community under the supervision of the court and a probation officer after he or she is found guilty or pleads guilty.
Probation Officer, PO

An officer of the court who monitors the defendant's behavior to ensure that the defendant obeys all conditions of probation.

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RemandA legal ruling by a higher court to send a case back to the lower court for further action.
Restitution

The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.

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SentenceThe length and conditions of punishment given by the court if the defendant is found guilty or pleads guilty.
Statute of LimitationsThe specified period during which a civil action or criminal charge can be made.
SubpoenaA written command for a person to appear at a certain place and time to give evidence in court about a crime or other legal matter. Also called a summons.
Summons

Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.

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TestifyTo answer questions under oath in a legal proceeding.
TestimonyEvidence given by a witness under oath.
TrialA court proceeding in which testimony is presented to a judge or jury to determine whether the defendant is guilty of committing a crime.
True Bill

Another word for indictment.

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VenueThe place where the trial will be held (normally in the district in which the offense was committed).
VictimA person who has physically, financially, or emotionally suffered from the commission of a crime by another.
Victim Impact StatementA written or spoken statement by the victim or his or her representative about the physical, emotional, and financial impact of a crime on the victim. The statement is given to the court before sentencing.
Victim/Witness Coordinator

A person who provides information about the justice process to victims and witnesses of crime. In the federal system, victim/witness coordinators are employed by some law enforcement agencies and all U.S. Attorneys' Offices.

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White-Collar CrimeA nonviolent criminal act involving deceit, concealment, subterfuge, or other fraudulent activity.
Witness

A person who has knowledge of a crime and provides that information to law enforcement officials.

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