When in public, individuals are expected to respect the presence of other people and not behave in a way that is considered obscene or lewd. Lewd conduct is a crime that often results in serious consequences, regardless of the intent of the offender. If you have been accused of committing an act of lewdness, it is important that you contact a West Palm Beach sex crimes defense lawyer.
West Palm Beach Attorney for Lewd Conduct
The attorneys at the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A. in West Palm Beach take an aggressive stance on defending clients who have been charged with lewd conduct in Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas, including Jupiter, Delray Beach, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Greenacres, and Boca Raton.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 and set up a consultation on your criminal charges. Your first consultation is free, and it is the first step in crafting a defense that will help repair your reputation.
Information on Lewd Conduct in Florida
- Unnatural and Lascivious Acts
- Exposure of Sexual Organs
- What is Lewd or Lascivious Behavior?
- Defending Clients Charged with Lewdness in Palm Beach County
According to Florida Statute § 800.02, if an individual is accused of committing any unnatural and lascivious act, he or she can be charged with a second degree misdemeanor and sentenced to up to 60 days in jail, and/or be ordered to pay a fine of up to $500. It is important to note that according to Florida law, breastfeeding is not considered to be a lewd or unnatural act and is therefore not a violation of the law.
It is against the law for an individual to expose or exhibit his or her sexual organs in public or in a manner that may be seen by the public. Sexual organs include the buttocks, genitals, or breasts (Florida Statute § 800.03). This offense is considered a first degree misdemeanor and carries a potential prison sentence of up to a year, and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Section 800.04 of the Florida Statute defines lewd conduct as intentionally touching the breasts, genitals, genital area, or buttocks of a person who is less than 16 years old. An individual can also be charged with a crime if he or she forces or entices someone who is less than 16 years old to touch them.
If the offender:
- Is 18 years of age or older, and the victim is less than 12 years old, the offense is considered a first degree felony and is punishable by between 40 years to life in prison, along with a potential $15,000 fine.
- Is 18 years of age or older, and the victim is 12 to 15 years old, the offense is considered a second degree felony, which carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- Is less than 18 years old and the victim is 12 to 15 years old the victim is, he or she can be charged with a third degree felony which is punishable by up to five years behind bars, and/or a fine of up to $5,00.
If you have been charged lewdness in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, or the surrounding areas, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Stine is a compassionate sex crimes defense lawyer who will work around the clock and do everything in his power to prove your innocence.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 to set up a free consultation to discuss the charges against you, and let the devoted West Palm Beach criminal Defense attorneys fight to protect you.