Lewd Conduct Accusations
Sex Crimes Attorneys in Plano, Texas – 972.330.4331
People accused of lewd conduct, or public indecency, in Texas are accused
of acting in an obscene or offenses sexual way in public. At Barbieri
Law Firm, P.C., we understand that there are plenty of gray areas in this
legal definition that could have resulted in you being wrongfully charged
for the crime. It is our goal to ensure your rights are respected and
upheld throughout the criminal process.
People choose to work with our law firm because:
We have 20+ years of total legal experience.
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Key Details of Lewd Conduct Charges
Any sort of
sex crime charge in Texas can bring heavy consequences upon conviction. Most are high-level
misdemeanors or felonies, and nearly all can include
sex offender registration in sentencing requirements. Lewd conduct and public indecency charges
are no exception. In order to better protect your rights from such a charge,
it helps to know about the accusation itself.
Texas Penal Code Section 43.21 includes multiple important definitions
when describing “obscenity” or lewd conduct, including:
Obscenity: An action, presentation, or material that “the average person”
would find offensive and lacking of any artistic value.
Display: Making the observation of an obscene act possible through any means, such
as personal presentation, sharing digital files, playing audio, etc.
Promote: Attempting to make the audience of the performance enjoy or agree with
the act being displayed. Distribution efforts, like emailing images of
sexual acts, are also promotion.
When the law is looked at as a whole, it is apparent that the definitions
have been kept vague for a reason. Lewd conduct has become somewhat of
an umbrella term. Police officers can arrest people for lewd conduct for
nearly any reason, as long as the suspect was acting in some way that
could be interpreted as sexual. In turn, prosecutors are able to file
more charges based on the vagueness of the crime. It creates a one-sided
situation that disfavors the defendant.
Tip the Legal Scales in Your Favor
When you are facing a lewd conduct charge, it might feel like you are preparing
for an uphill legal battle. By retaining our Plano criminal defense lawyers,
you can eliminate both the stress and the unknowns of your case. Our legal
team is ready to defend you and give you the strength needed to challenge
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