Being arrested for or accused of a sex crime, such as lewd or lascivious conduct, in Florida can have a negative impact on your relationships and career. If convicted, you face severe penalties, including prison time and registration as a sexual offender. With the help of an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and future.
At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, we have more than 40 years of combined experience and an exceptional track record of success in criminal defense. With insight from a former prosecutor, our legal team can anticipate how the prosecution will approach your case, giving you an upper hand in the courtroom.
Types of Lewd & Lascivious Behavior We Handle
According to Florida law, “lewd” and “lascivious” are synonymous for wicked, lustful, licentious, unchaste, or a sensual intent. Similar to other sex crimes, the age of the defendant, the age of the victim, and the method of touching or lack thereof is relevant in determining the severity of the charge.
The following are possible punishments for lewd or lascivious behavior:
- Lewd or lascivious conduct – When a person intentionally touches another who is under 16 years of age in this manner or solicits someone under 16 to commit an act of this manner. If the defendant is 18 years of age or older, he or she will be charged with a second-degree felony. If the defendant is less than 18 years old, they will be charged with a third-degree felony.
- Lewd or lascivious battery – When a person engages in sexual activity with someone who is at least 12 years of age but less than 16, or encourages or forces any individual less than 16 years old to engage in a sexual act. This crime is considered a second-degree felony.
- Lewd or lascivious molestation – When a person touches the genitals, buttocks, or breasts in a lewd manner of a victim less than 16 years of age or forces the victim to do the same. If the defendant is 18 years of age or older and commits this act on a victim who is between the ages of 12 and 16, or if the defendant is less than 18 years old and commits this act against a victim less than 12 years old, it is considered a second-degree felony.
- Lewd or lascivious exhibition – When a person exposes his or her genitals in a lewd or lascivious manner, masturbates in public, or commits another sex act that does not involve contact with the victim. If the defendant is 18 years of age or older, it is considered a second-degree felony. If the defendant is younger than 18 years old, it is a third-degree felony.
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Our Cape Coral criminal defense attorneys represent adults and minors in Florida charged with sex crime offenses. Do not hesitate to discuss your case with us so that we can determine all of your available legal options.
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