If you have been accused of public lewdness in Texas, you need to contact a San Antonio criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Call the Texas sex crime lawyers at Rush & Gransee to determine what you need to do to protect your rights. Early intervention by a criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between having a conviction or having the case dismissed or the difference between jail and your freedom. You have rights and they need to be aggressively defended.
Public lewdness occurs when someone commits various sexual acts or sexual contact in a public place or if in a private place you are reckless as to whether someone is present who will be offended or alarmed. The sexual acts that are prohibited are described in the Texas Penal Code.
Public lewdness is a sex crime in the Texas Penal Code under Section 21.07. Public lewdness in Texas is a class A misdemeanor. A class A misdemeanor can result in up to a $4000 fine and one year in jail. Courts will usually grant someone deferred adjudication or probation if they have a clean record. However, a conviction will be on your record for the rest of your life.
Various defenses can be raised. Occasionally a motion to quash the charging instrument will result in the case being dismissed. However, the state can and often will re-file the case. Procedurally, the motion to quash will make the case more difficult for the state to prove.
Call to speak to one of our public lewdness defense lawyers if you are being investigated for a sex crime in Texas or have been charged with public lewdness in Texas. Call us at 210-223-9200 or toll free 888-501-9299 for an initial free consultation.