Lewd and Lascivious Battery FAQs

  • What is lewd & lascivious battery?
  • Lewd and Lascivious battery is commonly referred to as statutory rape. It is simply any sexual contact between an adult over eighteen and a child under the age of seventeen. Depending on the age difference between the adult and child, the potential penalties can vary. It is not a defense to Lewd and Lascivious battery if the child was a willing participant, nor if the adult was unaware of the age of the child.

  • What does lewd acts of a child mean?
  • A lewd act on a child is any sexual or sexually motivated touching of the child's breasts, genitalia or buttocks. Any lewd act on a child is a second degree felony punishable by up to fifteen years in the Department of Corrections.

  • What is the difference between lewd and lascivious?
  • Lewd and lascivious are generally interchangeable terms, and are used to describe any form of sexual or sexually motivated touching of a child under the age of seventeen, irrespective of the child's willingness to participate.

  • What is statutory rape?
  • Statutory rape is any sexual or sexually motivated touching of a minor on the breast, buttocks or genitalia. The term "statutory rape" is not used in Florida, but is typically charged as Lewd and Lascivious battery which is a second degree felony punishable by up to fifteen years in the Department of Corrections.

  • What are the charges for statutory rapes?
  • Statutory rape, or Lewd and Lascivious act on a child are generally charged as second degree felonies, which means the punishment can go as high as fifteen years in prison.

 

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If you are charged with Lewd and Lascivious battery, also known as statutory rape, in Orlando or anywhere in Central Florida, please call our Orlando sex crimes defense lawyer immediatly at 866-680-4LAW to discuss your case. Our early interventation ise key for the outcome of your case. You may also fill out the online form provided at the top of this page and we will contact you shortly. We respond to after-hours messages promptly. Evening or weekend appointments are available on request. We offer a free consultation and we will keep all your information confidential.

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