BEING LEWD IS RUDE, CRUDE – AND CRIMINAL

Posted on: April 17, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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California Penal Code 647(a)

Orange County criminal defense attorneyIf you are charged with lewd conduct in southern California now or in the future, arrange as soon as possible to speak with an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney. Lewd conduct is defined in California law as touching or groping your own or someone else’s genitals, rear, or breasts – in public – with the intent of sexual gratification or offending someone who is watching or may be watching. Under California Penal Code 647(a) – lewd conduct occurs when the suspect knew – or should reasonably have known – that someone else was probably observing the behavior.

Lewd conduct is a misdemeanor in California, but that does not mean it isn’t serious; a conviction is punishable by fines, probation, community service, and/or jail time. However, a conviction does not require you to register as a sex offender. There are a number of reasons you could be accused of lewd conduct. Perhaps the person who saw the incident entirely misunderstood what he or she was witnessing. Maybe you’ve been misidentified, or perhaps someone just fabricated the entire story. For some suspects, mental illness will be the defense.

Of course, before anyone can be convicted of lewd conduct, the state must prove that person’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A prosecutor must prove that touching happened in a location open to public view, that gratification or offense was the motive, and that you knew or should have known others would see the conduct. That’s a lot to prove. Whether you believe that you are guilty or innocent of lewd conduct, if you are charged with the crime in Orange County, obtain trustworthy legal help immediately. If you are accused of lewd conduct or an offense such as indecent exposure or public drunkenness, take your case at once to a skilled and experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.

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