Jacksonville is a city filled with those who, in a down economy, will look for any way to make money. Sometimes, the manner by which they make that money is illegal. No matter what the manner, if one is accused of such an illegal activity, one should contact an experienced attorney to fight for their case.
According to the Sun Sentinel, a Lake Worth couple have been charged with engaging in prostitution by way of an apartment. Miguel Gomez Miranda is being charged with living off of the earnings of a prostitute, while Sandra Peralta is facing base-line prostitution charges. They were caught by an undercover police officer who posed as a potential client.
Sex crimes cases can range from very simple offenses such as sexual assault, to running elaborate prostitution rings. No matter what the particular crime one is charged with, one needs to contact an experienced Jacksonville Sex crimes attorney so that they have a defense to the crime in question, no matter how bad the charge is.
The crime of prostitution, found under Florida Statute 796.07, is punishable as a second degree misdemeanor, which brings fines of $500 and up to 60 days in jail. However, these punishments can be lessened if one’s attorney has experience with the particular judge one will go before, as well as the ins and outs of one’s case and all possible defenses.
In many sex crimes cases in Jacksonville, one can poke holes in the State’s argument. However, in some cases, such as this prostitution case, one may seem to be caught with every bit of evidence that the State needs for a conviction. In this case, an undercover agent swooped in and caught not only Miranda but Peralta as well, in the act, with Miranda soliciting as a pimp and Peralta as the prostitute.
The odds may seem like they are against you in a case like this. However, some of the best mitigating factors in a case are not always the most legally based. In this case, it is easy to see that the economy can a major mitigating factor. Both Miranda and Peralta could be in desperate need of money and saw no other way to escape the economic downturn.
Furthermore, an experienced attorney can show you your options and make sure thaat you are not without an acceptable outcome. In Peralta’s case, she held that she was innocent and was released on her own recognizance, meaning that she would not pay bail but give her word that she would appear for court. This is a normal procedure for when the court does not see the defendant to be a flight risk.
However, Peralta had other options. Peralta could have simply plead guilty, paid a small fine, possibly never served jail time at all, and been able to move on with her life. However, she did not obtain an experienced attorney who would steer her in the right direction. Now she will have to face more court dates. Do not let one’s self fall into the same kind of situation like Peralta did.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Lake Worth couple charged with running prostitution out of apartment, Cynthia Roldan, The Palm Beach Post