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 attorneys at Leskovich Law Group, P.A. has been in practice for 35 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.
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, giving us insight into your opponents' tactics and allowing us to anticipate their next move to defend you accordingly.
Get started today by reviewing a few commonly asked questions below before contacting our offices for a free initial consultation.
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 crimes, 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.