Prostitution Charges in Punta Gorda
If you have been accused of giving or receiving sexual favors in exchange
for money, then you may be charged with prostitution. Florida state law
has outlined several specific acts that will lead to charges of prostitution,
all of which are punishable by financial penalties, incarceration, probation
or any combination as decided by the ruling judge at trial.
These acts include renting, owning or operating any space for the purpose
of prostitution, causing another person to engage in prostitution or engaging
in the act yourself, soliciting or hiring another person to perform sexual
favors in exchange for money, being present at a place where prostitution
is occurring, and even transporting another individual to a location for
the purpose of prostitution.
These are all serious charges that may considerably harder to beat without
the assistance of an experienced Punta Gorda criminal lawyer. Our firm
is well-versed in the defense of all types of
sex crimes, and we can provide the professional level of legal representation that
you need to move forward in defending your case with confidence.
Fight Prostitution Penalties with a Strong Defense
The penalties for prostitution vary, based upon the actual accusation.
A first offense is charged as a second degree misdemeanor, and those convicted
can expect to spend up to 60 days in jail with up to 6 months of probation
and fines not exceeding $500.00. Second-time offenders will suffer from
a second degree felony which imposes up to 365 days in jail with up to
one year of probation and fines not exceeding $1,000.00.
If you have been convicted a third time, you will be subject to the penalties
of a third degree felony which translate to up to 5 years in prison with
5 years of probation and up to $5,000.00 in fines. These penalties may
be assessed to anyone engaged in an act of prostitution or an act related
to prostitution, whether giving or receiving sexual favors. In addition,
anyone found to be engaged in an act of prostitution must undergo testing
for sexually transmitted diseases.
Get Help from the Defense Lawyers at Leskovich Law Group, P.A.
Leskovich Law Group, P.A. is a prominent and respected criminal defense
firm serving Punta Gorda and Charlotte County. Our firm has represented
individuals accused of a wide variety of sex crimes including
statutory rape, prostitution,
child pornography and many others. We protect the rights of each individual client we take
on. Our skilled attorneys and competent legal staff develop effective
defense strategies using and we are known for identifying creative ideas
to help our clients to pursue the most favorable outcomes available.
We pride ourselves not only on our legal knowledge, representational skills
and development of a compelling case for the defense, but also on our
ability to keep our clients informed and aware of the charges they face,
the legal processes and what could be predicted with regard to the likelihood
of conviction or an acquittal, and all options available. Without an aggressive
defense and the support of a skilled legal professional, the risks to
your future freedom are extensive. Take advantage of our experience at
trial, our insight into how to present a compelling case for the defense,
and our personal interest in protecting your rights and freedom;
contact us today.