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Lewd and Lascivious Conduct

Lewd and Lascivious Conduct Defense Lawyer

With more than 20 years of experience, Clearwater sex crime lawyer Will Hanlon is committed to assisting people who have been charged with a wide range of crimes, including lewd and lascivious conduct and other sex offenses. At Hanlon Law, we believe in taking the time to understand the details of a client’s situation so that we can offer a multifaceted legal defense. Attorney Will Hanlon recognizes that being accused of a crime or facing prosecution is a stressful experience, and he knows the broad range of rights that defendants may be able to assert.

Defending Against Charges of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct in Florida

Lewd and lascivious conduct is a type of sex crime involving victims under the age of 16. It covers any type of touching that is considered illicit, untoward, lustful, or otherwise sexual in nature. It also includes soliciting a person under the age of 16 to engage in that type of conduct. Lewd and lascivious conduct is a strict liability crime in Florida, which means that prosecutors do not need to prove that the person charged with the crime actually knew the victim’s age at the time of the offense. It also means that you cannot avoid a conviction by claiming that the victim consented to the sexual activity.

A person convicted for lewd and lascivious conduct in Florida faces up to 15 years in prison and as much as $10,000 in fines. You also will need to register as a sex offender, which may make it more difficult to find and keep a job. Your home address will be listed in the state sex offender registry upon your release. That information – along with your photo - will also be publicly shared by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on its website.

Given the consequences of a conviction, it is vital that a person suspected of or charged with lewd and lascivious conduct seek the counsel of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer as early as possible in the process. You should not talk to police officers without enlisting a lawyer to guide you. Your attorney can investigate the case, collect evidence, and locate witnesses who can back up your version of the events. If you were not even present at the time and place of the crime, a criminal defense lawyer can help explain where you were and what you were doing during the time in question to help establish that you could not have committed the crime.

Protect Your Rights by Consulting a Sex Crime Lawyer in Clearwater

At Hanlon Law, we understand how law enforcement handles sex crime cases, such as those based on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct. We are familiar with the strategies that may be available to a defendant, as well as the procedural protections that they may be able to assert. When your future is at stake, it is critical to explore all of the options available to you.

If you are facing prosecution, Clearwater sex crime attorney Will Hanlon is ready to help you fight the charges. Hanlon Law provides aggressive representation to defendants. Call us at 727.897.5413 or contact us online to discuss your case with us at no charge. Will Hanlon also can assist you if you are seeking a DUI attorney or facing charges of drug crimes, domestic violence, or other violent crimes.

Client Reviews
As a practicing attorney, I was shocked to hear that a family member of mine was alleged to have committed a sex crime. Knowing full well the consequences this type of allegation can have on anyone and their future, I immediately reached out to William Hanlon for help... Jerry
Was on the ball. Remembered names, events, places, situations. Never need to re explain the situation. Keeps in touch through out the entire experience and keeps you feeling safe, comforted and protected. Fights hard. Worth every single penny. Would never settle for anything less than Will. Carrie
I was facing a charge that if convicted would carry two years in prison minimally. Not only was he empathetic and listening to what I had to say but he arranged with the prosecutor for my charges not to be filed under terms of a pre trial investigation. Would highly recommend. Alec
I am very happy for what he did for me. Always there when I needed him. Explained everything well. He Fights for his clients. He got me what I needed. Hes an excellent lawyer. Mutaz
Mr. Hanlon did what no other lawyer could do. Not only did he turn my criminal history into a thing of the past so I could move on, he was a loyal associate. No matter how bad the situation is, he has miraculously cleared me on every charge since he became my lawyer 5 years ago. I have the best lawyer that the legal system has to offer. I have had other really good lawyers try to get my business, but I know that no one can do a better job than William Hanlon. Jesse