Lewd or Lascivious Battery - Florida Statute 800.04(4)

sex offenses

This Florida Statute prohibits the sexual union of an adult and an individual that is older than 12 but younger than 16. This statute also prohibits the encouraging, forcing, or enticing of any individual who is younger than 16 to engage in sadomasochistic abuse, have sexual relations with an animal, prostitution, or any other act that involves sexual activity.

Sadomasochistic abuse covers sadism (enjoying giving abuse) or masochism (enjoying receiving abuse). These people enjoy tying themselves or others up, whipping, and torture.

“Sexual activity” means the oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object.

Engaging in Sexual ActivityWhat the State Prosecutor Has to Prove to Convict You of Lewd or Lascivious Battery by Engaging in Sexual Activity

The prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt:

(1) The victim was older than 12 but younger than 16 years of age; and

(2) You either:

  1. Acted so that the sexual organ of the defendant or the victim penetrated or had touched the anus, vagina, or mouth of the victim or the defendant; or
  2. You penetrated the victim’s anus or vagina with an object.
Encouraging, Forcing, or EnticingWhat the State Prosecutor Has to Prove to Convict the You of Lewd or Lascivious Battery by Encouraging, Forcing or Enticing

The prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt:

(1) The victim was under the age of sixteen years; and

(2) You encouraged, forced, or enticed the victim to engage in sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, prostitution, or any act involving sexual activity.

Punishment for Lewd or Lascivious Battery

This crime is ranked as level 8 under the Florida Criminal Punishment Code. This crime is a second-degree felony that is punishable up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The crime becomes a first-degree felony if the person was above the age of 18, has been previously convicted ofkidnapping a child below 13 or false imprisonment of a child younger than 13, and during either one of those previous crimes the defendant was convicted for:

Other Consequences

Anyone who is convicted of this crime will also be required to register as a sexual predator according to Florida Statute 775.21. If you travel, there are national sexual predator laws that you must comply with.

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