PUBLIC LEWDNESS AND INDECENT EXPOSURE
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A conviction for public lewdness in Houston, Texas may mean that the defendant will face up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000. A conviction of this kind may also have a negative impact on the defendant’s career and reputation. You may be required to register as a sex offender, which not only has a negative social stigma, but it could have additional limitations, such as where you are allowed to live and what jobs you are able to acquire and maintain.
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What is considered public lewdness?
Public lewdness, also referred to as indecent exposure in other states, is a criminal offense that involved exposing oneself or performing a sexual act in a public place. This act may be performed intentionally for the purpose of sexual arousal or to offend others. It may also be performed in a reckless manner, in a case where the offender is careless about whether another person may be present and will be offended or alarmed by the act. This offense is classified as a Class A misdemeanor in Texas.
Are you facing criminal charges for public lewdness or indecent exposure? It is crucial that you contact a Houston criminal lawyer as soon as possible. This sex crime may have serious repercussions, including criminal penalties as well as the possibility that you will face mandatory sex offender registration. When you involve an attorney early in the process, he or she may be able to step in and begin working immediately to protect your legal rights.
For example, the act may have been unintentional. The prosecuting attorney may actually have no physical evidence against you, only witness testimony, to prove that your intent was to offend or arouse. In these or any similar situations, your defense lawyer may be able to successfully challenge the allegations or at the very least help to minimize potential penalties.
For more information, view our sex crimes defense law blog entries.
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Don’t let a public lewdness conviction destroy your life. Take necessary and aggressive action by retaining the representation of a Houston criminal defense attorney who has the experience and skills that you need. We take a client- driven approach to handling cases and put your best interests first.
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