lewd and lascivious conductAfter a significant push to enhance the penalties associated with sexual offenses in Florida, State legislators recently passed Bill SB 526, which was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on April 1, 2014 and is scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2014.

This law significantly increases punishments for those convicted of sex crimes, imposing lengthy mandatory-minimum sentences, increasing maximum penalties for a number of crimes, and disallowing the issuance of gain-time to incarcerated sex offenders.* Additionally, SB 526 requires all sex offenders who do not receive the maximum prison sentence to be monitored under life-long community supervision.

Clearly, Florida looks harshly upon those convicted of sex crimes, making it even more critical for individuals charged with these offenses to hire a formidable defense attorney. Arnesen Law is a group of talented legal professionals who frequently appear on behalf of clients facing any number of sexual offense charges in South Florida, ranging from lewd and lascivious conduct offenses to sexual battery (rape) and voyeurism.

With notoriously hard-working and passionate leader Jay Arnesen at the firm’s helm and a practice devoted solely to clients charged with criminal and DUI offenses, the lawyers at Arnesen Law have the skills and experience required to successfully represent their clients, as they formulate calculated defenses based on each individual’s case. Notably, the firm’s founding partner and former police officer, Jay Arnesen, utilizes his professional background to provide unique insight into the formulation of the State’s case, anticipating and targeting potential weaknesses.

With offices conveniently located in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Arnesen and his attorneys assist clients facing charges throughout South Florida, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Jupiter. Contact the offices of Arnersen Law anytime at 561-419-9630 for a free consultation about your case.

As a former police officer, I used to help prosecute these charges for the State. Now, let me use my training and experience to combat these charges for you in court.” Jay Arnesen, Esq.

*Gain time: deductions from sentences designed to encourage satisfactory prisoner behavior, to provide incentive for prisoners to participate in productive activities, and to reward prisoners who perform outstanding deeds or services.

Unnatural and Lascivious Conduct – Florida Statutes Section 800.02

Chapter 800 of the Florida Statutes includes a number of sections which are classified under the category of “Lewdness and Indecent Exposure.” The first crime detailed in this chapter pertains to “Unnatural and Lascivious Acts,” which are addressed in Chapter 800, Section 02.

800.02 states the following with regard to unnatural and lascivious acts: 

A person who commits any unnatural and lascivious act with another person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in section 775.082 or section 775.083.

*Exception: A mother’s breastfeeding of her baby does not under any circumstance violate this section.

Unnatural and Lascivious Conduct – Potential Penalties

As provided above, any unnatural or lascivious act is considered a second degree misdemeanor under the Florida Criminal Code. As such, a conviction can mean a county jail sentence, probation, fines, and a charge on the individual’s criminal record.

Second Degree Misdemeanor Lewd or Lascivious Conduct: maximum term of 60 days in the county jail, up to 6 months of probation, and fines not to exceed $500

Contact Our Palm Beach County Unnatural and Lascivious Conduct Defense Lawyers for a Free Consultation

Offenses deemed “Unnatural and Lascivious Acts” represent significant criminal charges, often eliciting enhanced scrutiny from the State and the public at large. Hiring a knowledgable defense lawyer to fight for you can help to ensure the best possible outcome in your case, allowing you the maintain your reputation and to keep your life intact. The attorneys at the Arnesen Law Firm are available anytime to discuss your case free of charge. Call their offices at 561-419-9630 today.

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Jay Arnesen is a retired police officer turned criminal defense attorney who now defends clients charged with criminal and traffic (DUI) offenses in South Florida. With offices conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Mr. Arnesen appears in courts throughout South Florida on a regular basis. Protect your rights, contact experienced criminal defense lawyer Jay Arnesen anytime for a free initial consultation at 866-347-6296.

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