Lewd or Lascivious Conduct Charges in Miami-Dade
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Under Florida law the touching of a child younger than 16 years of age in a lewd or lascivious way is considered a very serious offense. Even if no act took place, but the act was solicited, serious penalties can be imposed in a conviction. Conduct considered lewd or lascivious entails that the offending party's actions had the intent to engage in the sexual conduct.
Most lewd conduct cases rely heavily on the victim's testimony. With this in mind, a skilled defense attorney can help ensure that this testimony stays within the facts of the case and that your cause is aggressively defended.
Even if found guilty of a crime of this nature, your situation may fall under mitigating circumstances. If the child was the provoker, initiator, or aggressor of the incident, you may have defense opportunities that will allow for a lesser charge or dismissed case.
No matter what the circumstances of your case may be, a dedicated criminal defense attorney will be able to ensure that you receive a fair and unbiased trial.
Penalties for Lewd Conduct in Florida
The crime varies in penalties, based upon the age of the individual involved. When the conduct involves an individual over the age of 18, the penalties can include up to 5 years in prison. When the individual was under the age of 18, the penalties are even more severe, with penalties up to 15 years in state prison in a conviction.
The individual will face further repercussions after serving their sentence, including a mandatory registration as a sex offender. If you have been accused of lewd or lascivious conduct, it is essential that you secure the legal representation of a qualified Miami sex crime attorney immediately.
Lewd & Lascivious Battery in Florida
According to Florida law, a person is guilty of lewd and lascivious battery if they:
- "(a) Engage in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age; or
- "(b) Encourage, force, or entice any person less than 16 years of age to engage in sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, prostitution, or any other act involving sexual activity"
Ignorance of the victim's age or belief that the victim was of the age of consent is not a valid defense to this offense, even if the victim misrepresented his or her age.
Penalties for Lewd & Lascivious Battery in Florida
The penalties for lewd and lascivious battery may vary depending on the particular case. However, the act of committing this sex crime is a second degree felony, punishable by:
- Up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000
- Mandatory sex offender registration for life.
- Additionally, a defendant accused or convicted of this offense may face a ruined reputation and limited opportunities in the future in regard to employment, education, loans, and housing.
Contact Miami criminal defense attorney Michael Mirer today for a free case evaluation regarding your charges.
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Miami criminal defense lawyer Michael Mirer offers a free initial case evaluation to those who are facing criminal charges throughout the greater South Florida area. If you have been accused of lewd and lascivious molestation, you have no time to waste in consulting an attorney.
Contact the Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. today for a free consultation regarding your lewd and lascivious molestation charges in Miami, Florida.
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