Criminal Defense FAQ
Have questions about your defense? We have answers.
The criminal justice process is complex and can be very confusing for anyone
who may be facing charges. If you have been arrested in the Punta Gorda
area and are looking for answers, you have come to the right place. The
law firm of Leskovich Law Group, P.A. has been in practice for 25 years
and has represented thousands of individuals in
criminal defense cases. With our extensive experience and understanding of Florida criminal
laws and procedures, we are more than capable of providing the counsel
- and the aggressive representation - that you need. Get started today
by reviewing a few commonly asked questions below before contacting our
offices for a
free initial case evaluation, where you can get answers to more questions directly from a member of
our legal team.
Common Criminal Defense Questions
What are my rights after an arrest?
After you have been arrested, you have two rights: the right to remain
silent and the right to an attorney. Your arresting officer is required
to "read you your rights" via the Miranda Warning and to respect
those rights after your arrest. If the officer tries to trick, intimidate
or force you into making a statement or saying anything at all before
you have retained the counsel of a defense lawyer, you may be able to
fight your arrest on the grounds of police misconduct.
Will I need to go to court?
This depends entirely on the circumstances of your case. At Leskovich
Law Group, P.A., we pride ourselves in our ability to take cases to trial,
but we also understand that this may not always be the most beneficial
option. Many lawyers nowadays try to avoid the courtroom at any cost by
attempting to obtain a plea bargain with the prosecution, where you plead
guilty to one or all of your charges in exchange for a less severe sentence.
The legal team at our firm is different in that we are not afraid to go
to court and, if a trial could obtain a full dismissal of your charges,
we will do so.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
Criminal offenses can be separated into two kinds: misdemeanors and felonies.
Misdemeanors are lesser offenses that usually result in a fine and possibly
time in jail. Examples include
DUI, shoplifting, and
possession of small amounts of marijuana. There are many crimes that are felonies,
however, which incur heavy fines and time in state prison instead of the
county jail. Some of these offenses include
violent crimes such as murder and manslaughter,
sex offenses, or
theft crimes like
burglary and robbery.
I've been charged with a sex crime. Will I have to register as a sex offender?
If you were charged with a capital, life, or another degree of felony
for a sex offense, including crimes such as molestation, child pornography
or sexual battery, you will be required to register as a sex offender.
This is particularly true if the offense was committed against a minor.
Sex offender registry limits where you can live, work and travel, since
you cannot remain within a certain distance of a school or child care center.
Why hire a trial attorney?
By hiring a lawyer who is not afraid to take your case to trial and who
is experienced in the courtroom, you can rest assured that your case is
receiving the most aggressive defense possible. Leskovich Law Group, P.A.
has handled hundreds of trial cases all the way to verdict and could aggressively
fight your charges before a judge and jury. This is in contrast to a plea
bargain, which is what many attorneys try to obtain instead of having
to go to court. Our legal team will not compromise when you deserve a
dismissal, so call our offices today to learn what we could do for you.
Experienced Punta Gorda Criminal Defense Lawyer
At Leskovich Law Group, P.A., we focus on building strong attorney-client
relationships, communicating clearly and consistently with our clients
so that they never feel confused or uncertain about their defense. Our
legal team includes former prosecutors and public defenders, which gives
us insight into your opponents' tactics and allows us to anticipate
their next move so that we can defend you accordingly. Find out how we
could skillfully fight your criminal charges by calling our firm to schedule
a free consultation with a Punta Gorda criminal defense attorney from
our team or by filling out our
online evaluation form. With our experienced counsel and defense, you may be eligible for a reduction
or dismissal of your charges, so contact us today!