While some people think the actions behind indecent exposure and public lewdness charges are more like nuisances than crimes, this attitude is misguided. These are serious charges, and a conviction can result in serious consequences. In fact, a mere accusation of indecent exposure or public lewdness can negatively affect your life. If you are facing such charges, you need the experienced legal counsel of a skilled and dedicated Dallas sex crimes attorney.
In the State of Texas, indecent exposure is the act of exposing one's anus or any part of one's genitals with the intention of arousing or gratifying anyone’s sexual desire while being reckless about alarming or offending someone present. This recklessness is defined as an awareness of but conscious disregard for the substantial and unjustifiable risk involved. Such a charge is notably vague and does not include language related to being in public or to the length of the exposure.
The charge of public lewdness in Texas refers to knowingly engaging in specific sexual conduct in a public place and in the presence of someone who could be offended or alarmed. The sexual conduct covered includes a variety of actions that range from sexual contact to sexual intercourse – and beyond. Again, the language is vague, and a public place is defined as anywhere to which a substantial number of the public has access – including a common area in a private apartment complex, for example.
An indecent exposure conviction is a Class B misdemeanor that can result in up to 180 days in jail and fines of up to $2,000. A public lewdness conviction is a Class A misdemeanor that can result in up to one year in jail, fines of up to $4,000, community service, and probation. There are also collateral consequences that can be associated with such convictions:
- Registration on the sex offender list
- A permanent criminal record
- Difficulty finding a job
- Loss of career and/or of professional licensure
- Difficulty renting a home or apartment
- Loss of child custody or visitation rights
- Issues with citizenship applications or immigration status
The consequences of indecent exposure or public lewdness conviction are vast and should be taken extremely seriously.
If you’ve been accused of either indecent exposure or public lewdness, you may feel branded as guilty even before you are charged. As a citizen, however, you have certain inalienable rights granted by the constitution. Exercise those rights by consulting with a dedicated Texas sex crimes attorney today.
If You’re Facing Charges Involving Indecent Exposure or Public Lewdness, Contact Our Office Today
Charges related to indecent exposure and public lewdness are not only humiliating but are also very serious charges with very serious consequences. Attorney J. Michael Price II in Dallas has the experience, skill, and determination to protect your rights and aggressively fight the charges levied against you. Mr. Price commits himself exclusively to defending the accused, and he’s here to help you, so please contact us or call us at 214-765-8000.