If you have been arrested in the Orlando area for lewd and lascivious contact (or conduct) in violation of Florida Statute 800.04(6), you should not take any action in your case prior to speaking with an attorney. At the law offices of Finebloom & Haenel, our attorneys are available to represent your interests.
The statute defines lewd and lascivious conduct as either :
- Intentionally touching a person under 16 years of age in a lewd or lascivious manner; or
- Soliciting a person under 16 years of age to commit a lewd or lascivious act.
Lewd and lascivious is generally understood to mean a way that causes sexual gratification or an act that is done for sexual means. So basically this statute prohibits you from intentionally touching a person under 16 in a sexual way or in a way that gives you sexual pleasure or from asking a person under the age of 16 to perform an act that gives sexual pleasure or gratification.
- If you are 18 years of age or older, this charge is a felony of the second degree, punishable by up to 15 years in a Florida state prison.
- If you are under 18 years of age, and you have been charged as an adult, lewd or lascivious conduct is a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to 5 years in Florida state prison.
Regardless of the age or accusation, lewd and lascivious charges are very serious. They are sex crimes and carry a social stigma as well as serious consequences upon conviction. Protect your rights! Contact the defense team of Finebloom & Haenel today. We are available 24/7 to discuss your unique situation. Our defense team will work hard to obtain the best possible outcome for your situation.
Call the attorneys now at 407-218-6277.