Defending Those Facing 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,
- 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 child molestation, 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.
Contact Us Today
Take advantage of our experience at trial and our insight into how to present a compelling case for the defense. Call 941-621-6623 to schedule a consult today.