Lewd and Lascivious in Florida
The Florida legislature defines the words “lewd,” “lascivious,” and “indecent” to all encompass the same thing which is a lustful, licentious, unchaste, or sensual intent on the part of the person doing an act.
The entire statute prohibits certain acts with a child or in the presence of a child. Under Florida law, criminal offenses that alleged lewd or lascivious behavior require more than negligent disregard of decent proprieties and consideration due to others. In 2014, the Florida legislature created a lewd and lascivious battery classified as a first-degree felony if the defendant was 18 years of age or older at the time of the crime and had a prior conviction for an enumerated crime, Fla. Stat. Section 800.04(4)(c ).
Florida law provides for many different types of lewd and lascivious crimes depending on the age of the person accused, and the age of the alleged victim as well as the type of contact alleged. Charges for lewd and lascivious conduct often accompany other types of charges for sexually motivated crimes, such as Sexual Battery, Sexual Harrassment, child pornography or aggravated sexual battery.
These crimes come with harsh penalties, including the possiblitity of incarceration, sex offender registration requirements, and sex offender probation. If you were accused of lewd and lascivious conduct and are in need of experienced, and aggressive representation. Contact the Smith and Eulo Law Firm at 407-930-8912. Visit us at www.SmithandEulo.com