Public Lewdness Defense
Houston Public Lewdness Lawyers :: The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp
According to Section 21.07 of the Texas Penal Code, public lewdness occurs when a person engages in sexual behaviors in any public place. If the location is not public, it can also happen if the alleged perpetrator is “reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his [acts]”.
A person may face scrutiny or disapproval from others as soon as he is accused of public lewdness. People generally think that public lewdness is a highly perverse offense because it is a sex-related crime. The defendant may be ostracized by his community. Family and friends may assume that he is guilty until proven otherwise. In some cases, he may even be fired from his job.
Possible Criminal Sanctions
Those who are arrested for public lewdness hardly ever pose a threat to the public at large. These individuals likely had a lapse in judgment when they engaged in such behavior. Oftentimes, public lewdness is the result of relaxed inhibitions due to intoxication. These lewd actions are rarely normal behavior for those who are involved. As a result, acts of public lewdness are fairly minor offenses in Texas and are punished as Class A misdemeanors. The possible penalties for this crime include:
- Up to one year in jail
- A maximum fine of $4,000
Regain Your Reputation
A public lewdness conviction carries a very negative stigma, so it is vitally important for an accused person to beat these charges if possible. An aggressive criminal defense attorney will try to have these charges reduced to public indecency whenever possible. If the state of Texas is unwilling to budge on this matter, a defendant should exercise his right to a fair trial in front of a jury.
During the trial, a public lewdness lawyer will cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses to make sure that they can provide the court with evidence that proves the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If this fails to happen, the lawyer can ask for the case to be dismissed.
The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp-Strong, Aggressive, and Dependable
Matthew Sharp believes that every defendant should be diligently represented no matter what his charges are. A sex-related crime will not deter him from looking after your best interests in a court of law. Contact The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp today.