Lewd or Lascivious Conduct in Florida

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Whether you are a family member, teacher, coach, or neighbor, anyone can be accused of lewd or lascivious conduct. Our Punta Gorda criminal defense lawyers at Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law understand the role false accusations can play in these sex crime cases. If you choose us to legally represent you, we will dedicate ourselves to understanding the root cause of the allegations and protect your rights and future.

Florida Lewd or Lascivious Conduct Penalties

In Florida, the crime of lewd or lascivious conduct is committed when a person intentionally touches a child under 16 years of age in a lustful, sensual, wicked, or unchaste manner on the part of the individual performing the act. The penalties a defendant faces will depend upon his or her age and other facts of the case.

The following are potential punishments for lewd or lascivious conduct:

  • Lewd or lascivious conduct – Touching a person under 16 years of age in a lewd manner or soliciting a minor under 16 years old to commit a lewd act. An individual over 18 who commits such an act faces a second-degree felony charge. An individual under 18 commits a third-degree felony.
  • Lewd or lascivious molestation – Any act which involves touching the genitals, buttocks, or breasts of a child, or forces the child to touch the defendant in the following places. An individual 18 years of age or older who commits such an act on a child under 12 faces a life felony charge. An individual under 18 who commits such an act on a child less than 12, or an adult who commits such an act on a child between the ages of 12 and 16 faces a second-degree felony.
  • Lewd or lascivious battery – Anyone who engages in sexual acts with a person between the ages of 12 and 16, or encourages such an individual to engage in various “perversions” faces a second-degree felony.
  • Lewd or lascivious exhibition – Also known as intentional masturbation or intentional exposure of one’s genitals in a lewd manner. Intentionally exposing your genitals in public is considered a first-degree misdemeanor.

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Regardless of the nature of a charge for lewd or lascivious behavior, our Punta Gorda criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to getting you the best result in your case. Do not risk facing these serious charges without our experienced legal help.

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