Los Angeles Lewd Conduct Attorney
Lewd Conduct Information
There are two types of lewd conduct criminal charges. One is actually engaging in lewd conduct and the other is
soliciting another person to engage in lewd conduct.
Under California Penal Code Section 314, lewd conduct is defined as knowingly exposes genitals, buttocks or female breasts with the intent of achieving sexual arousal or gratification. Such an act is illegal when it is carried out in a lewd or lascivious manner in a public place where another person might be offended by such conduct.
Under California Penal Code Section 647(A), if a person solicits another person, or engages in sexual conduct in a public place, can be charged with this lewd conduct. Usually type of sexual activity occurred in a public park or inside a parked car. Police stings are infamous for being used to seek out this type of crime.
Prosecuting Lewd Conduct Charges
If a defendant has been charged with engaging in lewd conduct, the prosecutor has to prove that the defendant while in a public place, willfully engaged in touching another person's, genitals, buttocks or female breast with the specific intent to sexually arouse or gratify themselves or another individual, or for the purpose to annoy or offend another individual. There has to be another individual in the public place who could have been offended by their conduct.
If a defendant has been charged with soliciting lewd conduct, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant requested that another individual, who was is in a public place, engage in touching of genitals, butt or breast of a woman. They must also prove that the defendant sought to sexually gratify themselves or another individual, and that the third individual who was there might have been offended by their conduct.
Contact a Lewd Conduct Defense Attorney
Lewd conduct can only be charged as a misdemeanor crime. This means that the maximum sentence is one year in county jail. However, in some cases, the defendant may be requires to register as a sex offender. Outside of the legal penalties, there is also a lot of negative social stigma associated with this kind of a charge. Therefore, you need to do everything possible to avoid a conviction. The first step is to seek legal representation of the experienced sex crime lawyers at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin. We have many years of defending lewd conduct crimes in Los Angeles. Our dedicated attorneys have over five decades experience defending individuals accused of crimes.
We treat our clients with the respect they deserve and give every case the attention it requires in order to attain the best possible results. We understand that facing lewd and lascivious conduct charges can be embarrassing and frustrating and we are sensitive when dealing with such charges. It is even possible that you'll never have to come to court for such a charge, since it is a misdemeanor. We can make all court appearances on your behalf. Do not hesitate to contact our offices to speak with a defense attorney for a comprehensive and discreet consultation.