Lewd or Lascivious Molestation in Florida

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According to Florida law, defined in section 800.04, "touching the under the clothing of a minor below the 16 years of age, touching the minor in the certain private parts like breasts, genital area, buttocks, etc. or making the minor touch yourself in lewd or lascivious manner is a punishable offence under the child molestation law of Florida laws".

Charges of molestation can quickly destroy your reputation, your career, your personal life, and more. At Musca Law, we have helped hundreds of clients navigate their criminal charges and have worked to obtain the best possible outcomes on their behalf. With the help of our experienced Florida sex crimes lawyers, you can rest assured that your rights will be well-represented and that your future will be aggressively fought for. Don't leave your future to chance. Let us fight on your behalf!

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Definition of Molestation

Molestation can be defined as the lewd or lascivious act of sexual contact, such as touching another person under their clothing, touching another person in certain private parts like their breasts, genital area, buttocks, etc., or making another person touch yourself in lewd or lascivious manner.

Penalties of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation

The consequences of involvement in a lewd or lascivious activity can be severe. If you are convicted, you may have to face serious lifelong consequences.

If the offender is under the age of 18 and the minor is between the ages of 12 to 16 years then:

  • The offender can face a felony of up to third degree.
  • The offender may end of getting a 5 year prison sentence
  • The offender may have to pay a fine of $5,000

If the offender is above the age of 18 and the minor is between the ages of 12 to 16 then:

  • The offender can face a felony of up to third degree.
  • The offender may end of getting a 15 year prison sentence
  • The offender may have to pay a fine of $10,000

If the offender is over the age of 18 and the minor is under the age of 12 then:

  • The offender may face felony charges that remain on record for his or her entire life
  • The offender may be sentenced to life in prison

As if the direct consequences of these charges weren't enough, the indirect consequences may be just as bad, if not worse in some ways. For example, if you are convicted of lewd or lascivious molestation in Florida, you will have to register as a sex offender every year. This will impact your ability to find a job, find housing, maintain professional relationships, and even maintain personal relationships.

If you find yourself faced with these charges, don't hesitate to call our firm at (888) 497-0216. We are available for free case evaluations.

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