In Florida, lewd or lascivious molestation occurs when a person purposefully touches another individual younger than 16 years of age on the genital are, buttocks, breasts, or clothing covering them. Furthermore, forcing a minor under 16 years old to touch oneself in the same areas is also considered as lewd or lascivious molestation.
If you’ve been charged with this type of sex crime, it is imperative to hire the legal services of an experienced lawyer. At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, we are dedicated to helping our clients either get their charges reduced, or their case dismissed altogether. With more than three decades of combined experience, our Charlotte County criminal defense attorneys understand what it takes to protect your rights and your future.
If the victim is under 12 years of age and the defendant is 18 years old or more, lewd and lascivious conduct is a life felony. A life felony is punishable by a life sentence in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 to be eligible for parole.
If the victim is under 12 years of age and the defendant is under 18 years old, lewd and lascivious conduct is a second-degree felony. A second-degree felony is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.
If the victim is between the ages of 12-16 and the defendant is 18 years old or more, lewd and luscious conduct is a second-degree felony. However, if the defendant is under 18 years old, it is considered a third-degree felony, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Our Charlotte County sex crime lawyers can investigate your arrest, collect evidence, and develop an effective defense strategy to pursue the justice you deserve. Do not hesitate to get the experienced legal help necessary to get your life back on track.
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