Dallas Public Lewdness Defense Attorneys
The penalties that may be handed down with a conviction on charges of public lewdness can be life-changing. That being said, prosecutors in Dallas take these charges seriously and are likely to aggressively pursue the harshest possible consequences that are available against anyone they believe to have committed the offense.
At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our Dallas public lewdness attorneys understand just how much will depend upon the outcome of this claim, and it is with that in mind that we will develop a comprehensive legal strategy to help you defend your rights and protect your future throughout the coming legal process.
If you have been accused of public lewdness, contact the experienced defense lawyers at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter right away to schedule your free case evaluation. Contact us today at (214) 845-7007 or online.
Do I Need a Public Lewdness Defense Lawyer?
Something that starts as a prank or a spontaneous romantic act can end in serious penalties when public lewdness is involved. Whether you have been falsely accused or made an innocent mistake, public lewdness charges can carry significant fines and prison time that can haunt you for the rest of your life.
Any sex crime conviction has the potential to have far-reaching effects on your job, relationships, and other personal interactions. With a serious charge, working with an experienced defense attorney who can help protect your legal rights is vital.
A public lewdness defense attorney can help you by gathering evidence to help fight against the charge. To be convicted of a public lewdness charge, the prosecutor must prove that you knowingly participated in a sexual act in public or were reckless about engaging in sexual activity where someone else might be offended or alarmed.
Under the law, “public” most often includes public places like restaurants, parks, alleys, common areas in apartment complexes, and stores. In some cases, people might be accused of public lewdness after an undercover officer patrols a public area that they perceive as questionable. For example, an undercover police officer posing as a patron at a gentleman’s club might accuse a dancer at the club of public lewdness.
Additionally, depending on the circumstances, the prosecutor might claim that sexual acts in private locations, such as a car, home, office, bathroom, or hotel, could be deemed public if the sexual activity was visible to the public.
If you were charged with public lewdness after engaging in a sexual act in private, your best defense is to work with an experienced defense lawyer. They can gather evidence to help you prove that you did not intend for the public to be able to view your sexual activities or took reasonable precautions to try to ensure you were in private. For example, an attorney could make the case that you were not reckless if you engaged in a sex act in your own yard and behind a privacy fence, but someone climbed the fence to view your activities.
Another way a skilled public lewdness defense lawyer can help you is to make sure you know what to expect when speaking to law enforcement and in court. This advice is critical in helping you avoid being misunderstood or even mistakenly incriminating yourself.
They can also help you understand your legal options and help you choose the best route for your situation. This might sometimes involve helping you negotiate a favorable plea deal. In other cases, this could involve vigorously fighting for you in court to have the charge dismissed and expunged from the record.
In any circumstance, a skilled attorney will do all they can to get the best outcome for your case, limit negative impacts on your future prospects, and protect your legal rights.
Why Should I Choose Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to Handle My Case?
When you’re facing an accusation as tough as public lewdness, you need a tough lawyer on your side. At Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our hard-hitting public lewdness defense attorneys have helped clients just like you across Dallas and surrounding areas fight against serious sex crime charges and stand up for their legal rights. As our case results and glowing testimonials from past clients demonstrate, we have a proven track record of success in tackling even the most difficult cases.
If you are dealing with a public lewdness charge, you might feel hopeless and like it’s useless even to try fighting against this accusation. However, you have a right to defend yourself. With Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, you don’t have to fear being judged or criticized for the charges you’re facing. You can be sure that we have your best interest in mind. Our trusted criminal defense team treats each client with dignity, personal attention, and respect while also providing you with top-quality legal services.
If you or someone you love has been charged with public lewdness, contact Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter immediately. Our skilled and understanding legal team will do all we can to fight for your legal rights and future prospects. Call us today at (214) 845-7007 or online to set up a free case evaluation and get your life back on track.
What Types of Cases Does Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter Handle?
At Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we help clients stand up for their legal rights in a variety of public lewdness cases. This includes cases where the alleged act took place in public, those where defendants thought they were in private, and instances where the accused people claim that no illegal activity occurred.
In addition to defending clients against public lewdness charges, our knowledgeable defense team also has a depth of experience helping clients successfully fight a wide range of sex crime accusations, such as:
- Indecent exposure
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Possession of child pornography
- Statutory rape
- Sex offender registration violations
- Internet sex crimes
- Child sexual assault
Difference Between Public Lewdness and Indecent Exposure
People often confuse the charges of public lewdness with those of indecent exposure. While public lewdness and indecent exposure are similar, the acts have distinct differences under Texas law. The law defines public lewdness as a sexual act, including sexual contact, sexual intercourse, or bestiality, which someone knowingly engages in while they are in public or in the presence of an unwilling viewer. This charge might also cover any “deviate sexual act” in public, such as oral or anal sex.
On the other hand, indecent exposure involves a person exposing their genitals or anus with the intent to gratify or arouse someone. Indecent exposure is typically a lesser charge under Texas law than public lewdness, with lower possible penalties.
Am I Required to Register as a Sex Offender If I’m Convicted of Public Lewdness?
Under Texas law, a person who is convicted of public lewdness does not usually have to register as a sex offender. However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, if the public lewdness involved anyone under 17 years old, then the convicted person will likely have to register as a sex offender. Additionally, suppose you have been convicted of public lewdness multiple times. In that case, you might have to register as a sex offender, even if every one of the sex acts involved consenting adults.
Potential Consequences of a Public Lewdness Conviction
Our legal team possesses the experience and resources you will need to defend your rights and protect your future in and out of the courts. Under state law, public lewdness is considered to be a Class A misdemeanor, and it may potentially be punished with the following sentencing:
- Up to 1 year in prison
- Up to $4,000 in court-ordered fines
- Registration as a sex offender
Though your charges are serious, you must remember that you will still have the opportunity to work with an attorney to defend yourself and help prevent a conviction from ever being secured against you.
Public Lewdness in Texas
A person commits an offense if he knowingly engages in any of the following acts in a public place or, if not in a public place, he is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his:
- act of sexual intercourse;
- act of deviate sexual intercourse;
- act of sexual contact; or
- act involving contact between the person’s mouth or genitals and the anus or genitals of an animal or fowl
An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.
Consult with a Public Lewdness Attorney in Dallas
If you have been charged with public lewdness, you need to retain legal representation as soon as you are able. To speak with a Dallas public lewdness attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter about what you can do to defend your rights and protect your future, please call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today.