In West Palm Beach, sexual acts involving children under the age of 16 years are criminalized as vulgar and lecherous crimes, including any consensual sexual activity with anyone under the age of 16 years. The State of Florida’s criminal laws define the words “Lascivious” and “Lewd” to mean more or less the same thing; that is evil, wicked, lustful, licentious, unchaste, or sensual intents on the part of the individual doing the act. The whole statutory scheme basically prohibits particularly acts with children or in the presence of children. As negative as it sounds, it’s a relatively common charge that’s issued in Florida, and since it’s unpopular politically, penalties for a conviction are very severe. They can include; long prison sentences, heavy fines, and registration as a sex offender. A conviction can potentially result in 25 years in jail and in some instances, a life sentence. If you, or a loved one has been arrested for, or is being accused of the vulgar and lecherous offense, it’s crucial to retain the services of an experienced and knowledgeable West Palm Beach sex offense attorney immediately, so he/she can intervene and help you fight the charges.

What Are Lewd and Lascivious Acts in West Palm Beach?

West Palm Beach’s laws provide for various different types of “lewd and lascivious” crimes basically depending on the victim’s age, the age of the accused person, and also the type of contact which is alleged. These charges usually come with very harsh penalties which vary depending on the manner in which the crime is charged. Here are the types of charges for “Lewd and Lascivious” behavior:

-Lewd and Lascivious Battery Offense; this occurs when a person engages in sexual acts with somebody who is older than 12 years, but is less than 16 years; or entices, encourages, or forces anyone who is 16 years or less, to engage in sexual bestiality, prostitution, sadomasochistic abuse, or such other sexual acts.

-Lewd and Lascivious Molestation; this occurs when an individual touches, in a lewd manner, the buttocks, breasts, or genitals of someone who is 16 years or less; or forces them to do the same act to them. The presence of clothing is not relevant for this particular charge. If the molestation is done by someone who is 18 years or older on a victim who is 12 years or less, there’s a prospect of a life sentence for the defendant.

-Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition; this occurs when a person intentionally depicts genitals or masturbates in a lewd way, or deliberately engages in a sexual activity which is considered to be beyond sexual bestiality or sadomasochistic abuse in front of a victim who is 16 years or less.

Other Types of Lewd and Lascivious Charges in West Palm Beach include:

-Lewd and Lascivious Conduct

-Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition over computer service

-Lewd and Lascivious offense committed upon or in the presence of a disabled or elderly or person

When it comes to vulgar and lecherous charges, even an accusation can cause a lot of harm to your career, your reputation, your standing in the society, your future and your family. If someone happens to allege that you or a loved one has committed a vulgar and lecherous sex offense, keep in mind that, a person is still considered innocent until proven guilty. To avoid a conviction for a vulgar and lecherous sex offense, you need to work with a knowledgeable and experienced West Palm Beach lawyer who has successfully argued many other vulgar and lecherous cases, and one who knows what kind of defenses will prevail in such a case, so that you can have the charges reduced, or even dismissed altogether.