Have you been arrested and charged with Public Lewdness in Fort Worth or in the surrounding cities of Tarrant County, Texas? If so, you need the help of an aggressive and experienced criminal attorney that has proven results when dealing with criminal cases in the criminal courts of Tarrant County. Texas law provides for certain types of sexual behavior to be classified as a criminal act, even if the actions take place between consenting adults. If you are facing criminal prosecution for Public Lewdness, you must understand that this is a crime that must be taken seriously and aggressively defended to prevent this charge from limiting your future employment and personal opportunities.
What is Public Lewdness?
Under Texas Penal Code, Section 21.07, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office will be required to prove the following elements of Public Lewdness beyond a reasonable doubt: a person commits the criminal offense of Public Lewdness if he knowingly engages in any of the following acts in a public place or, if not in a public place, he is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his:
- Act of sexual intercourse;
- Act of deviate sexual intercourse;
- Act of sexual contact; or
- Act involving contact between the person’s mouth or genitals and the anus or genitals of an animal or fowl.
Although there are a number of factual scenarios under which someone may be arrested for Public Lewdness, the most common instances of arrest for Public Lewdness in Tarrant County involve sexual behavior during a movie in a movie theater, young couples engaged in sexual activity in the backseat of their car and young couples engaged in sexual activity in a place easily accessible by the public. As you can see from the criminal elements defined in Texas Penal Code, Section 21.07, whether the acts where committed in a public place and whether someone acted recklessly are areas that must be thoroughly investigated and developed in order to determine if the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office has sufficient evidence to prove their case. What are the Criminal Consequences for a Public Lewdness Conviction?
The crime of Public Lewdness is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a term in the Tarrant County jail of up to one year and a fine not to exceed $4,000. Although Public Lewdness is classified as a misdemeanor, a conviction for this crime can be extremely damaging to your future prospects. Because the crime implies an element of sexual deviancy, many employers view an arrest for this offense as a more serious criminal violation and will not consider you for prospective employment. As a former Tarrant County prosecutor and experienced criminal defense attorney, I will take the time to answer all of your questions, thoroughly investigate your case and come up with a pre-trial strategy to seek a dismissal of your criminal charges and future expunction of your arrest record.
Call me today at 817-877-5200 to schedule a free consultation to determine your rights and legal options.