Lewd and Lascivious Battery (Statutory Rape)
Lewd and lascivious battery (statutory rape) is a serious sex offense. Lewd and Lascivious is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in Florida State prison and up to 15 years sex offender probation. If convicted of Lewd and Lascivious battery a defendant faces a mandatory prison sentence and mandatory registration as a sex offender on the Florida Sex Offender Registry.
Under Florida law, the crime of Lewd or Lascivious Battery is committed when a person engages in sexual activity with a child older than 12, but younger than 16; or Encourages, forces, or entices a child older than 12, but younger than 16, to engage in: Sadomasochistic Abuse, Sexual Bestiality, Prostitution, or Any other act involving sexual activity.
Lewd and Lascivious battery is a “strict liability” crime which means the minor’s consent, the defendant’s mistake of age, proximity of the minor’s age, the minor’s misrepresentations about age and the defendant’s intent are not defenses. For example, if a person under the age of 18 lies and even proved a false ID indicating that they are over the age of 18, you still may be convicted of a crime even though you honestly believed the person was over the age of 18.
If you have been accused of Lewd and Lascivious battery it important that you contact an attorney immediately. Before talking to the police you should contact an attorney who is skilled, knowledgeable and experienced with these kind of cases. Anthony Rickman has successfully handled numerous cases and allegations of Lewd and Lascivious Battery. Through his representation Mr. Rickman has been able to present information, evidence, argument and mitigation what has resulted in the state not pursuing the charges against his clients, reducing charges that have been filed against his client or completely dropping a charge of Lewd and Lascivious. Don’t delay, contact Anthony Rickman Today for a free consultation.