Public Order Offenses

Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, & Prostitution
 
Public order crimes are actions that do not conform to society’s general ideas of normal social behavior and moral values. Moral values are the commonly accepted standards of what is considered right and wrong. Public order crimes are widely viewed as harmful to the public good or harmful and disruptive to a community’s daily life.

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Criminal Mischief

Criminal Mischief occurs when a person willfully and maliciously injures or damages another person’s property.

Less than $200 in Damage

The crime of Criminal Mischief which results in less than $200 in damage is classified as a Second Degree Misdemeanor and if convicted penalties can range from:

  • Up to sixty (60) days in jail.
  • Up to six (6) months of probation.
  • Up to $500 fine

Between $200 and $1,000 in Damage

The crime of Criminal Mischief which results in more than $200, but less than $1,000, in damage is classified as a First Degree Misdemeanor and if convicted penalties can range from:

  • Up to twelve (12) months in jail.
  • Up to twelve (12) months of probation.
  • Up to $1,000 fine

More than $1,000 in Damage

If convicted of Criminal Mischief Causing More than $1,000, penalties can range from:

  • Up to five (5) years in jail.
  • Up to five (5) years of probation.
  • Up to $5,000 fine

Disorderly Conduct

The crime of Disorderly Conduct is a Second Degree Misdemeanor and if convicted of Disorderly Conduct, and if convicted penalties can range from:

  • Up to sixty (60) days in jail.
  • Up to six (6) months of probation.
  • Up to $500 fine.

Prostitution

Prostitution in Florida is legally defined as the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire.

 

Prostitution Related Crimes

  • Owning or Operating a Building for Purposes of Prostitution
  • Offering up Another Person to Engage in Prostitution
  • Offering a Place for Prostitution to Occur
  • Directing or Transporting a Person to a Place of Prostitution
  • Offering to Engage in Prostitution
  • Solicitation of Another to Commit Prostitution
  • Entering or Remaining in a Place for Prostitution
  • Hiring a Person Engaged in Prostitution

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