Lewd and lascivious behavior is any “wicked, lustful, unchaste, licentious, or sensual intent on the part of the person doing an act.” An allegation of lewd and lasciviousness is a serious accusation that could affect where you are able to live, your ability to get a job, or the interaction you are allowed to have with children.
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Criminal charges are based on the circumstances surrounding the case including the age of the victim, the age of the offender, the type of contact involved, or if there’s a previous criminal record. Consult an experienced lewd and lascivious lawyer in Tampa to discuss your rights, your options, and to help you fight these accusations and get the charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced.
Types of Lewd and Lascivious Offenses
Lewd and Lascivious Battery
Engaging in sexual activity with a minor between ages 12 and 16 or by encouraging or forcing the minor to engage in any sexual activity.
Lewd or Lascivious Molestation
Intentionally touching a minor between ages 12 and 16 in a lewd or lascivious manner including the genitals, buttocks, or breast areas, or forcing a minor to touch the alleged offender.
Lewd or Lascivious Conduct
Intentionally touching a minor under 16 years of age or enticing the minor to commit a lewd or lascivious act.
Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition
Intentionally masturbating, exposing genitals, or committing any sexual act that doesn’t involve contact with a victim but is performed in the presence of a minor under 16 years of age.
Consequences for Lewd and Lascivious Behavior
Defendants are prohibited from using consent by the child, ignorance of the child’s age, or proximity in age as defenses in lewd and lascivious trials. The maximum sentences are as follows:
- • A first-degree felony carries a fine of up to $10,000 and a possible prison sentence of up to 30 years.
- • A second-degree misdemeanor carries a fine of up to $500 and a possible jail sentence of up to 60 days.
- • A second-degree felony carries a fine of up to $10,000 and a possible prison sentence of up to 15 years
- • A third-degree felony carries a fine of up to $5,000 and a possible prison sentence of up to five years.
- • A life felony carries a fine of up to $15,000 and between 30 years to life in prison.
Once convicted not only can an offender face prison time and fines, but they are also required to register as a sex offender.
For a free consultation with an experienced lewd and lascivious lawyer in Tampa, please contact The Rickman Law Firm at (813) 712-8736 or submit our contact request form.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.