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Sex Offenses Under Florida Law

Florida has a very broad range of sexual offenses, and the penalties for them often include jail and/or prison time. Convicted sex offenders are required to register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and have significant restrictions on where they can live or work. The main types of sexual offenses are:

Sexual battery

Sexual Battery in Florida can occur when a person is penetrated vaginally, anally, or orally without their consent. Additionally, sexual contact with someone who is legally incapable of consent is automatically considered sexual battery. Persons who are incapable of consent are:

Lewd and Lascivious Battery

in Florida occurs when a person has engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older, but under the age of 16, or encouraging a person under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity. The issue here is not force, but the age of the victim. Although Lewd and Lascivious Battery does not carry penalties as heavy as those for Sexual Battery, it is still a serious felony, normally punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Lewd and Lascivious Molestation

Occurs when a person intentionally touches in a lewd or lascivious manner the breasts, genital area, or buttocks of a person less than 16 years old, either directly or through their clothing, or entices a person less than 16 years old to touch them the same way. Like Lewd and Lascivious Battery, it is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Indecent Exposure

It is illegal to expose one's sexual organs in public, in a vulgar or indecent manner, unless it is done in a place where exposure is specifically allowed, like a private facility or beach. Indecent exposure is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison. In Florida, breastfeeding is never considered indecent exposure.

Contact our Orlando Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with any type of sex offense in Orlando or anywhere in Central Florida, including indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious and sexual battery, it is critical that you contact us as soon as possible. You may call us at (866) 422-7934 or (407) 831-7800 or send us an email at jack@jackklaw.com. Our law firm is committed to protecting your rights. We are conveniently located just off Interstate 4, in Longwood, minutes away from downtown Orlando, and easily accessible from every direction. We value your privacy and will keep all information confidential.


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