Have you, a friend, or a loved one been arrested and charged with a Public Lewdness or Indecent Exposure crime?
Many times, public nudity offenses throughout Texas are innocent pranks or seemingly harmless acts; however, these offenses can also lead to serious repercussions and possible requirements to register as a sex offender.
Public indecency such as urinating in public, exposure of private parts in public and nude sunbathing can be termed as indecent exposure. Regardless of the intentions, indecent exposure can lead to serious consequences. Although termed as a misdemeanor, under certain circumstances it could be considered a felony and result in a mandatory sex offender registration. You can also serve time in jail and be asked to pay heavy fines. The situation can intensify if a minor is present and has viewed the act. This causes serious repercussions on the individual if convicted, as the law provides for some heavy penalties.
An individual can be charged with indecent exposure (Tex. Penal Code § 21.08) if they expose any part of their genitals with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, in a reckless manner, or without regard if any other person who is present might be offended by the act. This offense is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, which can result in up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine up to $2,000.
An individual can be charged with public lewdness, as defined in Tex. Penal Code § 21.07, if they knowingly and while in a public place:
- Engage in sexual intercourse,
- Engage in deviate sexual intercourse,
- Engage in an act of sexual conduct, or
- Engage in a sexual act with an animal.
An individual can also be charged with public lewdness if they recklessly engage in any of the preceding acts in a private place without regard for who is present and might be alarmed or offended by the act. This offense is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor, which can result in up to one year jail and/or a fine up to $4,000.
Getting charged with indecent exposure or public lewdness can have serious implications on your criminal record, which can affect other important parts of your life, such as your employment prospects. It is important that you take action immediately to clear your name. Several factors may improve your case or make matters worse. Past records, influence of alcohol or drugs, and the location of the crime are all contributing factors. The intensity of the situation can worsen depending on whether or not it was in the presence of someone else.
Getting The Huff Law Firm to defend you can help you fight these allegations and may help reduce your charges or even clear your name. If you have been charged with Indecent Exposure, The Huff Law Firm will carefully investigate and analyze your case and will fight to protect your freedom and your legal rights.
If you, a friend, or a loved one are facing public lewdness or indecent exposure charges, contact The Huff Law Firm now at 713-562-8700 for a free consultation to determine your rights and legal options.
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