Lewd & Lascivious Behavior
OUR MIAMI SEX CRIMES LAWYER CAN REPRESENT YOU
Lewd and lascivious behaviors pertain to sexual acts committed against or in the presence of children under the age of 16. While these sexual acts fall short of meeting the legal definition of molestation, a criminal conviction can still lead to severe consequences and penalties.
You need to hire a skilled and innovative Miami sex crimes attorney if you’re facing criminal charges for lewd and lascivious behaviors. I have been providing compassionate legal guidance and aggressive defense representation to clients for over 30 years. As a former prosecutor, I have a comprehensive understanding of Florida’s criminal justice system and can use this knowledge to aid in your defense. Call Jonathan Blecher, P.A. if your future is on the line. I have the practice experience and resources to handle any criminal defense situation involving lewd and lascivious behaviors.
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Don’t settle for less. Contact Jonathan Blecher, P.A. at 305-330-1976 to discover your legal options.
PENALTIES FOR LEWD & LASCIVIOUS BEHAVIORS
If you’re facing criminal charges for lewd and lascivious behaviors, your defense options are limited because it’s considered a strict liability crime.
As a strict liability crime, you can’t argue that:
- The minor consented to the conduct
- The minor requested the sexual activity
- The minor’s age was unknown at the time of the act
- The sexual conduct was unintentional
Per Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code, when an adult or a minor commits lewd and lascivious behaviors against a person under the age of 16, it is considered a Level 5 offense. Even if a defendant has no prior criminal history, the judge is required to sentence him or her to at least 30 months in prison and a minimum 2 years of sex offender probation.
The penalties for an adult offender include:
- Second degree felony
- Up to 15 years in prison
- 15 years of sex offender probation
- $10,000 fine
The penalties for a minor under the age of 18 include:
- Third degree felony
- Up to 5 years in prison
- 5 years of sex offender probation
- $5,000 fine
If you are convicted for lewd and lascivious conduct, you are required to comply with Florida’s sexual offender registration laws. This means that you must register as a sexual offender with local law enforcement so that your address and picture are available online for public reference. Likewise, a sex crimes conviction is a permanent mark on your criminal record that can never be expunged.
FIGHT YOUR CHARGES TODAY
A criminal conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life, damaging your social relationships and limiting your career opportunities. The first step in protecting your future is to schedule a free case evaluation with me. I can review the circumstances of your case, interview witnesses, and develop an effective defense strategy specifically tailored to your legal needs.
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