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Indecent Exposure/Lewd and Lascivious Behavior
Criminal Law in Orlando and throughout Central Florida
The phrases indecent exposure, lewd behavior, and lascivious behavior are typically associated with open solicitation for prostitution and indecent exposure because of how it is usually depicted on the police and law shows on TV. Florida is an tourism state with forms of entertainment ranging from theme parks to beaches, and for that reason there are many types of entertainment clubs that are not going to be charged with these crimes.
Where the definition of lewd and lascivious behavior in Florida gets more serious and challenging is when these behaviors are acted out around victims under the age of 16. Lewd and lascivious conduct typically includes exhibition, unlawful exposure of genitalia, molestation, battery and sexual conduct.
The line that defines the law allows for those who are erroneously arrested to bring out the truth that they were unlawfully arrested. Children will see actions on TV and let their imaginations run wild while playing or relaying an experience to an adult. Or, children can be caught up in adult scenarios and they are manipulated and used as pawns because the parents are in the middle of a destructive divorce. In situations like these the adult could be arrested on false allegations from a tricked and coerced child, so the legal system has to intervene.
Lewd and lascivious offenses are taken seriously in Florida, and the penalty on a first offense is up to 15 years in prison. If you feel you have been wrongfully accused of indecent exposure, which includes swimming nude in a pool or the ocean, or lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 16, then you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you unravel the deceptions and the consequences of your case. You need a criminal law firm that will listen to your story and, with aggressive representation in the courtroom, try to clear your name.
Contact the Umansky Law Firm today to learn more about your rights.