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Lewd & Lascivious Offenses

Lewd and Lascivious Charges

The Florida legislature has provided for very broad definitions of lewd and lascivious acts. Florida's criminal laws generally define the words “lewd,” “lascivious,” and “indecent” to mean the same thing which is a lustful, licentious, unchaste, wicked, or sensual intent on the part of the person doing an act.The entire statutory scheme prohibits certain acts with a child or in the presence of a child.

If you have been accused of the very serious offense of lewd and lascivious behavior, than contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Plotnick Law Firm. We represent clients charged with the serious offense of lewd and lascivious by indecent assault, battery, exhibition, or molestation throughout the greater Tampa Bay area.

Allegations of Lewd and Lascivious Behavior

Criminal offenses that alleged lewd and lascivious behavior require more than negligent disregard of decent proprieties and consideration due to others. Generally these offenses are indicative of sexual conduct or the unlawful indulgence in lust, eager for sexual indulgence. The terms are synonyms that connote unchaste, wicked, licentious, lustful, or sensual design on the part of the alleged perpetrator.

Our criminal defense attorneys represent clients charged with serious sex crimes including lewd and lascivious crimes in Tampa for the Tampa Bay area.

Types of Lewd and Lascivious Charges under Florida Law

Florida law provides for different types of lewd and lascivious crimes depending on the age of the person accused and the age of the alleged victim as well as the type of contact alleged. These sexually motivated criminal charges come with harsh penalties that vary depending on the way in which the offense is charged.

Types of charged for "Lewd and Lascivious" behavior include the following: 

  1. Lewd, Lascivious, Indecent Assault or Act Upon or in the Presence of Child; Sexual Battery § 800.04, Fla.Stat.
  2. Lewd or Lascivious Battery (Engaging in Sexual Activity) § 800.04(4)(a), Fla.Stat.
  3. Lewd or Lascivious Battery (Encouraging, Forcing or Enticing) § 800.04(4)(b), Fla.Stat.
  4. Lewd or Lascivious Molestation § 800.04(5), Fla.Stat.
  5. Lewd or Lascivious Conduct § 800.04(6), Fla.Stat.
  6. Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition Presence of Child § 800.04(7)(a), Fla.Stat.
  7. Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition Over Computer Service § 847.0135(5), Fla.Stat.
  8. Lewd or Lascivious Offenses Committed Upon or in the Presence of an Elderly or Disabled Person § 798.02

Other Types of Sexually Motivated Crimes under Florida Law

Charges for lewd and lascivious conduct often accompany other types of charges for sexually motivated crimes such as sexual battery, aggravated sexual battery or child pornography.


Plotnick Law, P.A. serves clients throughout the Tampa Bay Area including but not limited to; St. Petersburg, Clearwater, & Bradenton



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