Having sex in a public place is a crime in Texas. It’s called public lewdness and it can carry stiff consequences and a stigma that can impact your future.
That’s why it’s imperative to contact a Fort Worth public lewdness defense lawyer as soon as possible if you are accused of committing a sex act in public. Not only is this charge embarrassing, but it can result in jail time, fines and a criminal record that says “public lewdness.” It’s important to have an attorney who is experienced handling sex crimes defending your case.
In the most general terms, public lewdness is having sex in public. Penal Code 21.07 defines this as an offense where a person knowingly engages in any of the following acts in a public place or, if not in a public place, he or she is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his or her:
Public lewdness is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4000 fine.
No, people convicted of public lewdness are not required to register as a sex offender.
Yes, if you are convicted of this charge, you will be prohibited from having a License to Carry for a period of five years.
Public Lewdness and Indecent Exposure are both crimes in Texas that involve nudity or sexual acts in public. Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. Public lewdness involves knowingly engaging in sexual conduct in public and is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. Indecent exposure involves exposing genitals with the intent to arouse or gratify and is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a maximum $2000 fine. Both crimes involve “a reckless disregard about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed.”
Public lewdness carries with it a stigma. Although it is a misdemeanor, most people look at this charge as an act of sexual deviance. Our goals for this charge is to seek opportunities to resolve the case in a manner that avoids jail time, a conviction, and allows for an expunction or nondisclosure in the future. While this may not always be possible, our defense attorneys will do everything we can to prevent this charge from adversely affecting your future.
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