Loitering and Prowling Charges in Florida: Role of an Attorney
In the state of Florida, the crime of Loitering and Prowling is outlined under Sec. 856.021, Florida Statutes. It encompasses two main elements:
- A person loitered or prowled in a place, at a time or in a manner not usual for law-abiding individuals;
- The circumstances warrant a reasonable alarm or concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity.
Penalties for Loitering and Prowling in Florida
Loitering and Prowling is classified as a second-degree misdemeanor in Florida. The consequences include:
||Up to 60 days
||Up to 6 months
Defending a Charge of Loitering and Prowling in Florida
Being accused of Loitering and Prowling can be a daunting experience. However, with the right legal guidance, it’s possible to challenge the charges successfully. Here are just a few of the strategies the attorneys at Leppard Law can utilize:
- Motion to Suppress: This involves making an argument to exclude evidence that was obtained in violation of your constitutional rights. If successful, the prosecution may not have enough evidence left to prove the case.
- Alibi Defense: This defense strategy involves proving that you were in a different location at the time the alleged loitering and prowling crime occurred, making it impossible for you to have committed the crime.
- Insufficient Evidence: This defense involves the review and analysis of the prosecution’s evidence, finding flaws, inconsistencies, or gaps that make it insufficient to convict you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to loiter and prowl?
Loitering and prowling refer to suspicious behavior that causes reasonable concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity. It often involves lingering or snooping around a place at unusual hours or under suspicious circumstances.
Can loitering and prowling charges be dismissed?
Yes. With the help of an experienced attorney, it’s possible to challenge the charges successfully and get them dismissed or reduced.
How does an attorney defend a loitering and prowling charge?
An attorney uses various strategies such as presenting an alibi, filing a motion to suppress evidence, or demonstrating that the evidence is insufficient to prove the charges.
What are the consequences of a loitering and prowling conviction?
A conviction for loitering and prowling can lead to up to 60 days in jail, 6 months of probation, and a $500 fine.
How can I get help with my loitering and prowling case?
You can get help by contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney. Leppard Law has dedicated years to studying criminal law and has successfully defended numerous Florida residents.
Leppard Law is ready to fight for your rights. You are not alone in this battle! Your initial consultation is always free and we are available to take your call at any hour of the day. Contact us via text or phone at: 407-476-4111.