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Lewd and Lascivious Battery, also referred to as statutory rape, criminalizes consensual sexual intercourse with a child older than 12, but younger than 16.

According to Florida law, the crime of Lewd and Lascivious Battery is defined as a person who:

“(a) Engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age; or

“(b) Encourages, forces, or entices any person less than 16 years of age to engage in sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, prostitution, or any other act involving sexual activity”
Unawareness of the victim’s age or certainty that the victim was of the age of consent is not a justifiable defense to this offense, even if the victim misrepresented his/her age in some manner.

Penalties for Lewd and Lascivious Battery

Lewd and Lascivious Battery is a 2nd degree felony. Penalties may vary depending on the specific case. A first time offender charged with Lewd and Lascivious Battery could be facing the following:

  • A maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000.
  • Mandatory sex offender registration throughout the remainder of his/her natural life.

Just one conviction could affect the rest of your life and hurt your personal and professional reputation. Time is of the essence. Even if you have not been formally charged with a crime, attorney Hernandez can intercede and work to protect your rights. Involving an attorney as early in the process as possible is important if you are to have the best opportunity of successfully fighting your charges and avoiding a conviction. Mr. Hernandez is a formidable ally to have in your corner. Due to the difficulty of the cases and the probable sentences that attach, it is essential that you contact Mr. Hernandez. With his extensive knowledge of the legal system, attorney Hernandez will provide you with the most aggressive and knowledgeable legal representation possible in the face of your lewd and lascivious battery charges.

For more information and your free consultation contact attorney Armando Hernandez today at 305-442-2590.