Orlando Lewd or Lascivious Battery Attorney
What is Lewd and Lascivious Battery?
Under Florida statute 800.04, it is a felony to engage in sexual congress with a minor between 12 and 15 years of age. Additionally, encouraging, pressuring, or tempting a minor to engage in sodomy, prostitution, bestiality or any other lewd sexual behavior is criminalized.
A person can be charged and convicted of this offense even if the alleged victim had been sexually active before and/or consented to the actions. Also, the defendant cannot justify the behavior by stating that they didn’t know the individual’s age and believed they were older or that the individual misrepresented how old they were. Such defenses would not hold up in court, as this is a strict liability crime, meaning the defendant could be held responsible regardless of their state of mind during its commission.
If you are facing allegations for lewd or lascivious battery, call our skilled lawyers at Alers Law Firm today. When you retain our services, we will get started on your case right away. Our attorneys will discuss with you the charges you’re facing, the potential outcomes, and your legal options. We will fight hard for justice and will seek to obtain a favorable outcome on your behalf.
For dedicated and honest legal counsel, call us at (407) 988-0992.
Lewd or Lascivious Battery Penalties in Florida
In Florida, lewd or lascivious battery is a serious felony. Being accused of this crime could affect your reputation and relationships, and being found guilty can have a profound impact on the rest of your life. Not only does a conviction result in prison time and fines, but it also requires mandatory sex offender registration. Having a criminal record could make it difficult to re-adjust to society even after you completed your sentence, and sex offender registry can limit where you can go and whom you can contact.
If you are convicted of a second-degree felony, you could face:
- Up to 15 years in prison
- Up to $10,000 in fines
The level of charge increases to a first-degree felony if you are 18 years of age or older and have a prior conviction, the penalties include:
- Up to life in prison
- Up to $10,000 in fines
Experienced Lewd Sexual Charges Legal Counsel
The stakes are high in a lewd or lascivious battery case, and leaving yours up to chance or in the hands of an incompetent lawyer can have lasting negative consequences. At Alers Law Firm, we have years of experience in and an in-depth understanding of the law. When we take on a case, we listen to your side of the story and thoroughly prepare by reading the elements of the offense and researching relevant laws. Our Orlando attorneys know that various defenses can be brought up in these types of matters, such as false allegations, and we will work hard to build a solid legal strategy on your behalf.
Schedule a consultation today by calling us at (407) 988-0992 or contacting us online.