The mere accusation of indecent exposure or public lewdness can be a life-altering event. You are facing a serious allegation that could have permanent, adverse repercussions to your professional and personal life. As embarrassing as these charges are, now is the time to be proactive. As overwhelmed as you may feel, now is the time to hire an experienced lawyer to fight for you.
When you hire The Wilder Law Firm, we will put our more than 25 years of experience to work for you. Indecent exposure and public lewdness cases contain private material and can be uncomfortable to talk about. We will listen without judgment to your side of the story and begin preparing your defense. Call The Wilder Law Firm at 214-741-4000 for your free, confidential consultation.
What Is Indecent Exposure and Public Lewdness?
Both of these crimes are outlined in Texas Penal Code as described below.
This crime occurs when a person exposes their genitals or anus with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, and is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by the act (Section 21.08).
This crime occurs when a person knowingly engages in any of the following acts in a public place. Alternatively, if not in a public place, if the person is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by the person’s:
- Act of sexual intercourse;
- Act of deviate sexual intercourse; or
- Act of sexual contact (Section 21.07).
Your Defense is Our Priority
In defending those accused of indecent exposure or public lewdness, attention to detail is crucial to your defense. We always compare your conduct to the specific definitions of these offenses in the penal code. Your actions may be suspect, but there was no intent to arouse, or your sexual actions were conducted in a fashion and location that truly was not reckless. At times, people overreact to situations and police make arrests on the side of caution only to oversell the conduct in their report.
Penalties of Indecent Exposure and Public Lewdness
Indecent exposure penalties include:
- A jail sentence of up to a year.
- A fine up to $4,000.
- Probation for up to two years.
Public lewdness penalties include:
- A jail sentence up to 180 days.
- A fine up to $2,000.
- Probation for up to two years
In addition to fines and jail time, there are additional consequences that may apply if convicted of one or both of these crimes. These consequences include:
- Mandatory registration on the sex offender registry.
- Permanent criminal record.
- Inability to apply for or have certain jobs.
- Inability to obtain certain professional licenses or revocation of licenses.
- Difficulty finding housing.
- Issues with immigration or citizenship status.
- Loss of child custody.
Your Defense is Our Priority
If you or a loved one are being accused of indecent exposure or public lewdness, putting The Wilder Law Firm in your corner should be your first move. You will benefit from our trial experience, negotiation ability, familiarity with the law, and the ability to find the most effective defense for you. We are a dedicated team who will guide you through this process. Call us immediately at 214-741-4000 for the help you need.