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Lewd or Lascivious Offenses

Offenses that are classified as “lewd or lascivious” acts are considered sex crimes. Lewd, lascivious, and indecent are terms that can be broadly applied, as juries are usually told that all three mean “a wicked, lustful, unchaste, licentious, or sensual intent on the part of the person doing an act.”

Criminal charges for alleged lewd or lascivious acts are usually based on circumstantial evidence. Accusations may involve a tremendously exaggerated depiction of what actually occurred or be completely manufactured.

Lawyer for Lewd or Lascivious Offenses in Pensacola, FL

Were you recently arrested for any kind of alleged lewd or lascivious crime in Florida? You should immediately contact Terrezza Law for help securing the best possible outcome to your case.

John Terrezza is a Pensacola criminal defense attorney who represents clients in Gulf Breeze, Milton, Navarre, Pensacola Beach, and many other communities in Escambia County. Let him evaluate your case and help you understand your legal options by calling (850) 764-5291 right now for a free, confidential consultation.


Overview of Lewd or Lascivious Acts in Escambia County


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Types of Lewd or Lascivious Offenses in Florida

A lewd or lascivious act may refer to any one of a number of crimes under Florida law. Criminal offenses involving this designation include:


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Pensacola Penalties for Lewd or Lascivious Acts

The possible consequences of a conviction for a lewd or lascivious crime clearly depend on the age of the alleged offender, the age of the alleged victim, and the alleged offender’s criminal record. Generally, the possible maximum sentences that may be imposed on alleged offenders are as follows:

In addition to incarceration and/or fines, alleged offenders who are convicted of a lewd or lascivious offense can also be required to register as sex offenders. This is publicly available information that can create extreme hardships when it comes to obtaining employment or housing.


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Florida Lewd or Lascivious Offense Resources

Florida Standard Jury Instructions | Chapter 11: Sex Offenses — View the standard jury instructions used for Florida criminal cases involving lewd or lascivious offenses. Instructions in this chapter include lewd or lascivious battery, molestation, conduct, exhibition, and offenses committed upon or in the presence of an elderly or disabled person. While these instructions are generally not used verbatim, they essentially represent the starting points for every case.

Factors Relating to the Sentencing of Sex Offenders — The Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) conducted this study of the factors relating to the sentencing of sex offenders in accordance with the Jessica Lunsford Act signed into law by Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2005. It found that most sexual offenses were “identified in Chapter 794 relating to sexual battery, and
Chapter 800 relating to lewd or lascivious behavior, including exhibitionism and
molestation.” The report contains several tables, graphs, and databases.


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Find a Lawyer for Lewd or Lascivious Acts in Pensacola, Florida

While a lewd or lascivious offense may not sound like a serious accusation, make no mistake—these are sex crimes that carry very stiff penalties with major long-term consequences. You should Terrezza Law as soon as possible to protect your future.

Pensacola criminal defense attorney John Terrezza serves communities in and around Walton County, Santa Rosa County, Escambia County, and Okaloosa County. You can receive a complete review of your case when you call (850) 764-5291 or submit an online contact form for a free consultation.


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