Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Volusia County

If you have been charged with a crime in DeLand, Deltona, Daytona Beach, or other area of Volusia County and are seeking honest, dedicated, and aggressive legal representation, contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Leanna J. Smith. If you’re in trouble, we want to help.

Other Common Crimes

Arson

Under Florida Statute 806.01, “Arson” is defined as any person who willfully and unlawfully damages a dwelling or structure as a result of fire or explosion.

A dwelling or structure is defined as any building with an enclosed roof over it, including any real property such as any tent, portable building, vehicle, vessel, watercraft, or aircraft.

Penalty: the penalty for arson is dependent upon whether a person commits first or second degree arson.

Criminal Mischief

Under Florida Statute 806.13, “Criminal Mischief” or “Vandalism” is defined as willfully and maliciously damaging another person’s property.

Penalty: the penalty for criminal mischief is dependent upon the cost of property damage that was caused.

Disorderly Conduct

Under Florida Statute 877.03, “Disorderly Conduct” is defined as committing acts to corrupt public morals, outrage the sense of public decency, affect the peace and quiet of those who may witness such acts; or engaging in brawling, fighting, or other conduct that breaches peace.

Penalty: disorderly conduct is considered a misdemeanor of the second degree, which is punishable by any combination of up to 60 days in jail, up to six months of probation, and up to $500 in fines.

Disorderly Intoxication

Under Florida Statute 856.011, “Disorderly Intoxication” is defined as being intoxicated and endangering the safety of another person or property, or causing a public disturbance while drinking or being intoxicated in public.

Penalty: disorderly intoxication is considered a misdemeanor of the second degree, which is punishable by any combination of up to 60 days in jail, up to six months of probation, and up to $500 in fines.

Loitering & Prowling

Under Florida Statute 856.021, “Loitering or Prowling” is defined as loitering or prowling at a time or in a manner that is unusual for a law-abiding citizen, under circumstances that warrant a justifiable and reasonable alarm or immediate concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity.

Alarm is alleged if the defendant flees, conceals themselves or any object, or refuses to identify themselves when a law enforcement officer appears.

Penalty: loitering or prowling in the state of Florida is considered a misdemeanor of the second degree, which is punishable by any combination of up to 60 days in jail, six months of probation, and up to $500 in fines.

Possession of Alcohol by a Minor

Under Florida Statute 562.11, “Possession of Alcohol by a Minor” is defined as a person under the age of 21 who is found in the possession of alcoholic beverages, including commercial beverages or mixed drinks.

Commercial Beverages: considered any drink in which the container is labeled as beer, ale, malt liquor, malt beverage, wine, or distilled spirits.

Mixed Drinks: considered any distilled spirit or beverage containing ½ of 1% or more alcohol by volume.

Penalty: the penalty for possession of alcohol by a minor is dependent upon the number of offenses that have been committed.

Prostitution

Under Florida Statute 796.07(1)(a), “Prostitution” is defined as giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire.

Criminal acts of prostitution can be committed by the prostitute, the “John”, or the pimp or Madame. Florida criminalizes eight acts related to prostitution, which are:

Penalty: the penalties for prostitution are dependent upon whether it is the prostitute or the customer who is being prosecuted, in addition to the number of convictions the prostitute or customer has received.

Penalties for Prostitute

Penalties for Customer, the “John”
Every customer that is convicted of a prostitution-related crime is required to complete 100 hours of community services, attend a prostitution and human trafficking awareness course, undergo screening for sexually transmittable diseases (STDs), in addition to payment of a $5,000 civil fine.

In addition to the mandatory penalties listed above, penalties for a customer convicted of a prostitution-related crime are dependent upon the number of prostitution-related offenses that have been committed.

Solicitation of Prostitution

Under Florida Statute 796.07(2)(f), “Solicitation of Prostitution” is defined as soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring another person to commit prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.

Penalty: the penalties for the solicitation of prostitution are dependent upon the number of violations that have been committed.

Every person who is convicted of solicitation of prostitution is required to complete 100 hours of community service, attend a prostitution and human trafficking awareness course, undergo screening for sexually transmittable diseases (STDs), and pay a $5,000 civil fine.

Contact the Law Office of Leanna J. Smith

When you need an honest, dedicated criminal defense attorney to defend you against criminal charges in DeLand, Daytona Beach, Deltona, or surrounding Volusia County, contact the Law Office of Leanna J. Smith. If you’re in trouble, we want to help.
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