Florida's Sexual Offenses
Florida classifies sexual crimes into three primary categories of sexual offenses:
Lewd or Lascivious Acts
Lewd or Lascivious Acts are sex crimes committed on a person younger than sixteen. The four most commonly charged Lewd and Lascivious sex crimes are:
- Lewd and Lascivious Battery
- Lewd and Lascivious Molestation
- Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
- Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition
There are two important points that apply to any lewd and lascivious offenses.
- Ignorance of the victim's age can not be raised as a defense to any lewd and lascivious crime; and
- The Age of the accused is not a defense; meaning if a 12 year-old were to have sex with a 14 year-old, either child, or both children, could be prosecuted for a lewd and lascivious crime.
Sexual Battery or Rape
The crime of Rape, which is referred to as Sexual Battery in Florida, involves any non-consensual sexual activity that occurs as a result of force, coercion, or incapacitation.
Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minors
The crime of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minors or Statutory Rape occurs when a person 24 years of age or older engages in consensual sex with a 16 or 17 year old minor.
For more information, please visit: Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors
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If you have been arrested or charged with a sex crime in Central Florida or the greater Orlando area, please contact Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Richard Hornsby today.
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