Finding yourself accused of lewd acts can be a very upsetting, embarrassing and concerning experience. In Texas, lewd acts are considered a type of sex crime, which carries a tremendous stigma that can haunt you for a lifetime. In fact, if convicted, you could be required to register as a sex offender, which can result in social rejection, lost career opportunities and more.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we are firm believers that every American is entitled to a fair trial. So we are here to defend your constitutional rights, your freedom and your future as we represent your lewd acts case. You can proceed with confidence when you entrust your case to a Texas defense lawyer who has been serving clients throughout Dallas, Plano, and Fort Worth for over 20 years.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for lewd acts or another sex crime in Collin County, defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass can help. We invite you to contact us today to discuss your case in a free, fully confidential initial consultation session. Call (972) 422-9999.
Common Questions and Concerns About Lewd Acts Cases
A lewd acts charge can leave you feeling ashamed and embarrassed, but also worried about your future. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we routinely receive questions from clients who are facing prosecution for this type of offense. So our legal team has compiled information on some of the most common questions to provide you with insight and info that can help eliminate some of the uncertainty that you may be experiencing.
What is Considered a Lewd Act in Collin County?
“Lewdness” is typically defined as an act involving obscenity, salacity, lasciviousness or bawdiness. This becomes criminal when the act is performed in the presence of others who are potentially offended or alarmed by this behavior.
According to Texas penal code § 21.07, public lewdness refers to an incident whereby “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.”
According to Texas law, lewd acts can include a range of different actions, including engaging in sexual acts in a public location.
Generally, lewd acts are prosecuted as a class A misdemeanor. The exception is any case involving a child; these cases are usually prosecuted as a felony.
It is not uncommon for a public lewdness charge to be filed in conjunction with a charge for indecent exposure.
What if I Didn’t Intend to Be Seen in Public?
Lewd acts generally need to be performed in a public location or location that’s readily viewable to the public. But Texas penal code does allow for the filing of a public lewdness charge in cases where a sex act is performed in the presence of people who may be offended – even if the act occurs on private property.
Some may argue that they did not intend to be seen by others, but this is not necessarily an effective defense. Often, the primary consideration is whether a reasonable person in the same circumstances would realize that their act may be viewed by others.
Each case is truly unique, so it’s important to work with a lewd acts defense lawyer who can evaluate your case and formulate a strong, viable defense strategy.
What is the Penalty for Public Lewdness in Collin County?
Public lewdness is considered a class A misdemeanor and as such, it can carry a maximum penalty of up to 12 months’ incarceration and/or a fine of up to $4,000.
It’s also possible you could face other penalties, such as community service, probation or requirement to register as a sex offender, particularly if you have prior sex crimes convictions or were charged with other sex crimes in this case.
Will I Be Required to Register as a Sex Offender if I’m Convicted of Public Lewdness?
It is possible that you could be ordered by the courts to register as a sex offender if you’re convicted of a sex crime such as public lewdness. This is more likely to be the case if you were charged with additional offenses, such as indecent exposure, or if you have a prior record of convictions for this or similar crimes.
It is possible that you could qualify for de-registration as a sex offender. This is offered to non-habitual offenders who are convicted of a non-violent sex offense, such as indecent exposure. The courts address these requests on a case by case basis, considering your criminal history, the nature of your convictions and your overall risk to the community.
Our Elite Team of Texas Lawyers Will Defend You from Lewd Acts Charges
If you’ve been accused of performing lewd acts, you risk more than just jail time and a hefty fine. If convicted of a sex crime, you could be required to register as a sex offender. This can have devastating consequences on your life, leaving you subject to harassment within the community, while also limiting your opportunities professionally, socially and in other areas of your life.
The experienced team of Texas defense lawyers with The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass serve clients throughout Dallas County, Collin County, and Denton County. We use an aggressive, strategic defense strategy, custom-tailored to suit your unique goals, objectives, and circumstances. Our legal team strives to help minimize the adverse effects that may arise from this type of allegation.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass has also represented clients who have been convicted of lewd acts and other sex crimes as they seek out an appeal from the appellate courts. So if you were wrongly convicted, turn to our elite legal team to discuss the possibility of pursuing an appeal. But remember to act soon because the law limits the timeframe for filing an appeal on your case.
Established by a Texas lawyer with over 20 years in practice, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass provide a comprehensive array of criminal defense services. Attorney Grass has served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG). Additionally, he was named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and he currently maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
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