Lewd or Lascivious Battery under § 800.04(4)(a)1
In 2014, the Florida legislature created the crime of “lewd and lascivious battery” which is classified as a first-degree felony if the defendant was 18 years of age or older at the time of the crime and had a prior conviction for an enumerated crime. See § 800.04(4)(c), Fla. Stat.
Under § 775.0862, Fla. Stat., the penalties for this type of lewd or lascivious crime can be enhanced if the sexual offense was committed by a school authority figure against a student at the same school. The term “authority figure” means a person 18 years of age or older who is employed by, volunteering at, or under contract with a school.
Under § 800.04(3), Fla. Stat., the defendant’s bona fide belief of the victim’s age, the victim’s misrepresentation of his or her age, or the defendant’s ignorance of the victim’s age is not a defense to the crime charged.
Attorneys for Lewd and Lascivious Battery in Tampa, FL
If you are charged with a sexually motivated offense for lewd or lascivious battery under Florida Statute Section 800.04(4)(a)1, then contact an attorney in Tampa, FL, at the Sammis Law Firm. With offices in downtown Tampa in Hillsborough County and New Port Richey in Pasco County, we fight false accusations throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Recent Case Results
On December 5, 2018, the jury returned a “not guilty” in a case pending before the Honorable Susan L. Barthle in Dade City, FL. The crime of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation is a first degree felony, punishable by life in prison (with a 25 year minimum mandatory prison sentence). Instead of facing those penalties, our client was exonerated and walked out of the courthouse with us after the jury returned the “not guilty” verdict. Leslie M. Sammis was the lead attorney in the case.
Disclaimer: The facts of your case may differ from the facts discussed here. Not all case results are listed here. The case results discussed here are not necessarily representative of the results obtained in all cases. Each case is different and must be evaluated and handled on its own merit.
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Elements of Lewd or Lascivious Battery under § 800.04(4)(a)1
To prove the crime of Lewd or Lascivious Battery under Florida Statute § 800.04(4)(a)1, the prosecutor with the State of Florida must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The victim was twelve years of age or older, but under the age of sixteen years; and
- The defendant either:
- committed an act upon or with the victim in which the sexual organ of the defendant or victim penetrated or had union with the mouth, vagina, or anus of the victim or defendant; or
- the act committed upon or with the victim in which the anus or vagina of the victim or defendant was penetrated by an object.
The definition of “an object” includes a finger which is often called digital penetration. Additionally, the term “union” means contact.
The standard jury instructions for lewd and lascivious battery were first adopted in 2007 [SC05–1434, October 25, 2007, 969 So.2d 245] and last amended in 2015.
Types of Lewd and Lascivious Battery in Florida
Lewd and Lascivious battery is charged as a second-degree felony and Level 8 offense when charged as:
- Lewd or Lascivious Battery by Engaging in Sexual Activity – § 800.04(4)(a), Fla.Stat
- Lewd or Lascivious Battery by Encouraging, Forcing, or Enticing) § 800.04(4)(b), Fla.Stat
Under Florida Statute Section 825.1025(2), lewd or lascivious battery upon an elderly person or disabled adult is also a level 8 offense charged as a second-degree felony.
Finding a Lawyer for Lewd Battery in Hillsborough County, FL
If you were charged with lewd or lascivious battery under §800.04(4)(a)1 or lewd or lascivious by encouraging, forcing, or enticing under § 800.04(4)(a)2, Fla. Stat., then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tampa, FL.
The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm represent clients falsely accused of serious sexually motivated crimes related to Assault under Florida Statute 784.011, Battery under Florida Statute Section 784.03, or Unnatural and Lascivious act under 800.02.
Call us for a free consultation to discuss your pending charges or an ongoing investigation.
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This article was last updated on Friday, July 22, 2022.