Public Lewdness Charges Defense in Houston: Brazoria, Galveston, Harris & Montgomery Counties
In Texas, public lewdness consists of one or more individuals performing sexual activity in a public setting. Lewdness encompasses all provocative acts and is not limited to just intercourse. It is most often classified as a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable with:
- A maximum fine of $4,000
- A jail sentence that lasts up to one year
- Forced registry as a sex offender
A person who is accused of public lewdness may face additional charges if the sexual behavior he or she engaged in involved a minor or assault. In one of these cases, a defendant might face felony charges, which may result in up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Call Houston public lewdness attorney Greg Tsioros today at (832) 752-5972.
When charged with public lewdness, a defendant may find him or herself being ostracized by others. Friends and coworkers may label the accused as a “pervert” and refuse to socialize with that person after an arrest. The truth is, not everyone who is charged with public lewdness is a sexual deviant. Some people simply wish to be daring and do not consider the consequences until it’s too late. A single instance of poor judgment could nonetheless have a devastating effect on an individual’s life for a long period of time.
Making the Right Choices
It can often be overwhelming for an individual to take the right steps after a public lewdness arrest. Most people simply do not know what to expect from the judicial system, while others may not fully understand their rights. Immediately after an arrest, the first thing any person should do is contact an experienced public lewdness attorney. A qualified legal professional can help clients make informed decisions. The best-case scenarios for public lewdness include:
- All charges being dismissed
- Diminished accusations (being charged with public indecency, for example)
- Having all or part of a jail sentence suspended
Hiring a Super Lawyer
Criminal defense lawyer Greg Tsioros was named a Rising Star Super Lawyer by Thomson-Reuters. He is a former Houston prosecutor who knows the ins and outs of the court system very well. He will aggressively defend any client against all sex crime charges. If you have recently been arrested for public lewdness, call the Law Office of Greg Tsioros today at (832) 752-5972 for a free consultation.