Certain acts are expected to be partaken in privately. Explicit acts that occur in public or in places where the participants are careless about the presence of others can result in him or her being arrested for public lewdness. A person may be charged with public lewdness when he or she is unaware that members of the public can see their behavior.
Public lewdness is a misdemeanor offense that can result in a jail sentence as well as a sizable fine. A conviction can also cause several long-term hardships for people who may have difficulty obtaining employment, housing, or professional licensing because of their criminal records.
Attorney for Public Lewdness Arrests in Conroe, TX
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Montgomery County Public Lewdness Information Center
- Which acts can result in public lewdness charges?
- What are the possible punishments for public lewdness?
- Where can I find more information about public lewdness in Conroe?
Texas Penal Code § 21.07 establishes that a person commits public lewdness if he or she knowingly engages in any of the following acts in a public place or, if not in a public place, he or she is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his or her:
- Act of sexual intercourse;
- Act of deviate sexual intercourse; or
- Act of sexual contact.
Important terms used in this statute are defined as follows:
- Public Place, Texas Penal Code § 1.07(40) — Any place to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access and includes, but is not limited to, streets, highways, and the common areas of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office buildings, transport facilities, and shops.
- Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Texas Penal Code § 21.01(1) — Any contact between any part of the genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of another person; or the penetration of the genitals or the anus of another person with an object.
- Sexual Contact, Texas Penal Code § 21.01(2) — Any touching of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of another person with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.
- Sexual Intercourse, Texas Penal Code § 21.01(3) — Any penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ.
Public lewdness is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by:
- Up to one year in jail; and
- A fine of up to $4,000.
Public lewdness is not a reportable conviction or adjudication that requires a person to register as a sex offender, but it is still considered a sex crime and can have other negative consequences. Public lewdness convictions will appear on routine criminal background checks, but people may be able to obtain orders of nondisclosure to seal the records of their arrests.
Texas Penal Code | Chapter 21. Sexual Offenses — View the full text of the state law for public lewdness. You can also read more about definitions of terms relating to sex offenses. This chapter also contains descriptions of other sex crimes that relate to public lewdness offenses.
Evans & Powell, PLLC | Conroe Public Lewdness Defense Lawyer
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