Public lewdness is a type of sex crime that can destroy a person’s life. In addition to jail time and fines, if a person has been convicted of public lewdness three or more times, he or she will be required to register as a sex offender — even if each instance involved a consenting adult partner. It is a Class A misdemeanor, with a potential penalty of up to one year in jail or a fine of up to $4,000.
In Dallas or the surrounding counties, the Law Office of Chad West offers an emergency jail release for clients arrested on public lewdness charges. Call us anytime at 214-282-0035, and we will post bond for you and defend you on these charges.
Definition of Public Lewdness
In Texas, the charge of Public Lewdness is brought when a person engages in a particular sex act in public or while “reckless” as to whether someone else may be present who would be offended or alarmed.
The sex acts may include:
- Sexual intercourse
- Deviate sexual intercourse
- Sexual contact
- Sexual contact with a bird or animal
This statute has often been used to entrap people, particularly gay men in public restrooms, even in cases where there was no one else in the bathroom and the only witness was an undercover police officer.