Miami Lewd And Lascivious Behavior Lawyer
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.
Additionally, 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
Don’t settle for less. Contact me, Jonathan B. Blecher, at 786-785-2035 to discover your legal options.
Penalties For Lewd And Lascivious Charges
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 two 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 five years in prison
- Five 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
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 B. 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.
Why retain the services of Jonathan B. Blecher, P.A.?
- I am rated 10.0 Superb by Avvo
- I am AV Preeminent* peer-review rated through Martindale-Hubbell
- I am named in the Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite and the Cambridge Who’s Who in Law
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.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.