Lewd Acts and Sexual Activity with Children under Sixteen
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:
800.04 Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age.

  1. Lewd and Lascivious Battery   see 800.04(4)

  2. Lewd and Lascivious Molestation  see 800.04(5)

  3. Lewd and Lascivious Conduct  see  800.04(6)

  4. Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition  see 800.04(7)


Two important points apply to any lewd and lascivious offense:

  1. Ignorance of the victim's age cannot be raised as a defense to the charge,

  2. The Age of the accused is not a defense.  That means if two 13 year olds were to have sex with one another, either child, or both children, could be prosecuted for the offense.

  3. The Florida Romeo and Juliet Law

    This law can help get you off the sex offender registry list if you qualify.

  4. Other Lewd and Lascivious Acts

    Two other crimes in Florida are:
    Unnatural and Lascivious Act - 800.02—A person who commits any unnatural and lascivious act with another person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree.
    Exposure of Sexual Organs - 800.03—It is unlawful to expose or exhibit one’s sexual organs in public or on the private premises of another, or so near thereto as to be seen from such private premises, in a vulgar or indecent manner, or to be naked in public except in any place provided or set apart for that purpose. Violation of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree

  5. Call Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Don Waggoner

    If you are being investigated or have been arrested for a Sex Crime in Florida, call Orlando and Kissimmee Sex Crimes Defense lawyer Don Waggoner before you speak to anyone, or, if you have already spoken with authorities, before you speak to anyone else.  He will offer you a free consultation and advise you of your rights and what action you should take.