Sexually based crimes are inherently emotional crimes that will draw a lot of anger and outrage from the public, or anyone from the outside looking in. They will often see the headlines and not read anything beyond that, making a determination about the alleged perpetrator's guilt without knowing the details of the case or the possible extenuating circumstances of the case.
If you are asking yourself the question posed in the headline of this post, you should know right away that the answer is yes. You can be charged with a crime like statutory rape or lewd and lascivious behavior if you engage in sexual conduct with a minor, even if that person has lied about his or her age.
Crimes that involve sexual assault or misconduct are some of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in criminal courts across Florida. Between the public outrage that can erupt and the sensitive nature of these crimes, there is often great incentive for police and prosecutors to come down hard on alleged offenders.
One of the harshest penalties a person can face for a criminal conviction is the requirement to register as a sex offender. The reason why this particular penalty is so harsh is because being a registered sex offender is something a person may have to do for the rest of his or her life.
If you are asking the question posed in this headline, you might already be accused of serious criminal sexual misconduct. Alternatively, you might want to know a little bit more about the laws before you do something that could potentially destroy your freedom and your future.