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Lewd and Lascivious Acts

Florida law includes a number of crimes for what it considers “lewd or lascivious” offenses. These charges vary depending on the age of the alleged offender, the age of the alleged victim, the nature of the alleged crime and whether there was any alleged contact.

Prosecutors in Florida take sex crimes very seriously and will look to impose the maximum punishment allowable by law. A conviction for any lewd or lascivious act may not only result in huge fines and serious prison time but can also have devastating consequences on a person’s personal and professional life.

Tallahassee Lewd and Lascivious Acts Lawyer

If you have been accused of any sex crime involving lewd or lascivious acts, you will want to immediately contact a skilled criminal defense attorney at Pumphrey Law. Our firm’s partners are both former prosecutors who understand how these cases are handled and what flaws or weaknesses in evidence can result in charges being reduced or dismisses.

In addition to serving Tallahassee and the greater Leon County area, Pumphrey Law also represents clients in Monticello in Jefferson County, Crawfordville in Wakulla County, Quincy in Gadsden County and Bristol in Liberty County. Call (850) 681-7777 for a free consultation.


Information About Lewd and Lascivious Acts


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What are Lewd and Lascivious Crimes?

Neither lewd nor lascivious are terms that are specifically defined in Florida Statutes, often leaving the charges open to interpretation. Committing unnatural and lascivious acts could result in second-degree misdemeanor charges. Chapter 800 of the Florida Statute lists several crimes related to lewdness and indecent exposure.

These crimes often involve exposure of sexual organs. Sexual organs include the buttocks, genitals or breasts, according to Florida Statute § 800.03. However, that does not include a mother breastfeeding her baby. Some crimes considered to be lewd and lascivious include:


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Penalties for Lewd and Lascivious Acts

A lewd or lascivious crime conviction may result in required sex offender registration, but it also can include such consequences as:


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Possible Defenses to Lewd and Lascivious Charges

People accused of lewd or lascivious offenses often can feel as though they are presumed guilty until proven innocent. However, some defenses may help you overcome these charges, including:


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Finding A Lewd and Lascivious Acts Lawyer in Tallahassee

Pumphrey Law understands the tremendous social burden any sex crime accusation has on the alleged offenders. Our criminal defense attorneys can provide a completely honest, thorough evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation as soon as you call (850) 681-7777. Let our firm examine the facts of your case and see how we can help you move on with your life.

Article last updated August 5, 2016.

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