Public Lewdness Defense
If you’ve just been arrested for public lewdness in Travis County, you probably have a thousand questions racing through your mind. What can I do now? What is the process? Will I go back to jail?
You need experienced Austin public lewdness attorneys who understand the Travis County court system inside and out. We zealously represent your rights throughout this process and answer all the questions you have along the way.
Our team has a combined 30+ years of experience helping people charged with public lewdness in Austin. We will tell you what to expect and how to improve the chances of getting the best result. Having experienced attorneys can make the difference between getting your case dismissed or being convicted.
What is Public Lewdness?
In Texas, a charge of public lewdness falls under the Texas Penal Code, specifically Section 21.07. This section defines the offense as an act of engaging in any of the following activities in a public place or, if not in a public place, in a manner that the person knows will be observed by others who would be offended or alarmed by the act:
- An act of sexual intercourse;
- An act of deviate sexual intercourse;
- An act of sexual contact; or
- An act involving contact between the person's mouth or genitals and the anus or genitals of an animal or fowl.
A conviction for public lewdness in Texas is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by:
- A fine not to exceed $4,000;
- Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or
- Both fine and confinement.
As with any legal matter, the specifics of a case can influence the outcome or the penalties assessed.
Contact The Law Office of Charlie Roadman to handle your Texas Public Lewdness Case
Hiring an attorney for a public lewdness case in Texas is advisable for a variety of reasons:
Understanding the Law: The legal system can be complex, and understanding the nuances of the Texas Penal Code requires specialized knowledge. Our attorneys can interpret the law, explain the charges, potential penalties, and any defenses that may be available.
Protecting Your Rights: Everyone has constitutional rights, and it's crucial to ensure those rights are protected throughout the legal process. We will ensure that you're treated fairly, that evidence is obtained legally, and that any interrogations or statements are made in compliance with your rights.
Negotiating Plea Deals: In some cases, we might be able to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor, which could lead to reduced charges or a lesser sentence. Without an attorney, a defendant might not have the leverage or understanding to navigate these negotiations effectively.
Potential Collateral Consequences: Convictions, even for misdemeanors, can have long-lasting effects beyond the immediate penalties. This can include difficulties in finding employment, housing, or qualifying for certain licenses. Our attorneys will advise on these potential consequences and may be able to help mitigate them.
Emotional Support: Facing a criminal charge can be emotionally draining. We not only offer legal guidance but can also provide a level of emotional support and reassurance during a challenging time.
Efficiency: Navigating the court system can be time-consuming, especially for those unfamiliar with it. We handle filings, court appearances, and other procedural elements, ensuring that deadlines are met and procedures are followed correctly.
WHEN SHOULD I HIRE AN ATTORNEY?
Immediately. An attorney should be working on your case right away. We want to talk to witnesses as soon as possible and protect any evidence that will help the case. Hiring an attorney is also a good way to alleviate the stress and anxiety that comes with being arrested.
CAN A public lewdness CHARGE BE DISMISSED?
Yes, but it depends on the circumstances of the arrest and what you are willing to do while the case is pending. We have negotiated hundreds of dismissals in Travis County using our knowledge and experience of what works in Austin. In order to help us get the best result, we will create a customized Action Plan for you.
ONE OF MY FRIENDS/FAMILY WAS ARRESTED FOR public lewdness. WILL THEY GET OUT OF JAIL AUTOMATICALLY?
No. They must qualify for a personal bond. And even if they do qualify, it can take 24 hours or more to be released. We can speed up the process significantly. And trust us, everyone wants out of jail as soon as possible. HERE IS MORE INFO ON JAIL RELEASES.