Punta Gorda Sex Crime Attorney
Skilled Defense for Sex Offenses
Facing charges of a sex crime can be terrifying. The penalties for such a serious offense could land you in prison for decades, or even for life. At Leskovich Law Group, P.A., we are prepared to give our all in your defense in the event that you have been arrested. Our team understands your situation and will work together to obtain a dismissal or reduction of your charges. We have practiced criminal defense for 35 years, so call now if you are in need of experienced legal representation for any of the following offenses:
- Sexual Battery - Commonly referred to as "rape," sexual battery is a felony offense in Florida as found in § 794.011, Fla. Stat. (2012). If committed upon a child, it is a capital offense punishable by life in prison. Other instances are felonies of the first, second or third degree, which also result in lengthy prison sentences.
- Statutory Rape - Entitled "lewd and lascivious battery" under § 800.04, Fla. Stat. (2012), this second degree felony is committed when an offender engages in sexual activity with a child between 12 and 16 years old, or encourages, forces or entices them to commit any lewd or sexual act.
- Child Molestation - This crime is a felony described as "lewd and lascivious molestation" under § 800.04, Fla. Stat. (2012). When a person touches a child under the age of 12 in a sexual manner, or forces the child to do so, it is a life felony. If the child is between 12 and 16 years old, it is a second degree felony.
- Child Pornography - As stated in § 827.071, Fla. Stat. (2012), sexual performance by a child is a second degree felony if it involves employing, authorizing or inducing a minor to engage in sexual acts for the purpose of reproduction, such as photographs or videos. Possession such material for sale or distribution is also a second degree felony, but possession for personal use is a third degree felony.
- Indecent Exposure - Exposure of sexual organs is a first degree misdemeanor according to § 800.03, Fla. Stat. (2012). The only exception would be a mother breastfeeding her child.
- Prostitution - The penalties for prostitution escalate with each offense, as found in § 796.07, Fla. Stat. (2012). A first offense is a second degree misdemeanor. A second conviction is a first degree misdemeanor and a third or subsequent conviction is a third degree felony.
Enlist the Defense You Need in Punta Gorda, FL
Contact the offices of Leskovich Law Group, P.A. today if you have been accused of committing a sex crime. Without proper representation, you have very little chance of obtaining a dismissal. A conviction could ruin your chances of success in the future and could result in a lifetime registry as a sex offender.
Contact a Punta Gorda sex crime lawyer from our legal team today to learn how we could build a strong defense and help you avoid such harsh consequences.