Los Angeles Lewd Conduct Attorney
A defendant may be arrested or may receive a citation for lewd conduct in public. If either of these have happened to you or someone you know, the first thing you should do is contact an attorney. You have the right to seek legal counsel, and taking immediate advantage of this right may mean the difference between a conviction and freedom. As a Los Angeles sex crime lawyer who has been helping clients in the face of allegations and arrests of all types of sexual offenses for over 20 years, I am here to help you make the right choices about your case. I have the know-how to understand when to negotiate with the prosecuting attorney and when to fight tirelessly on your behalf in court. Because I offer honest guidance, I can give you a realistic understanding of what to expect and what you can do to help.
Lewd Conduct in Public
There are two primary types of lewd conduct charges: engaging in lewd conduct and soliciting another to engage in lewd conduct. “Lewd” may be defined as indecent or sexual in an offensive way. Engaging in sexual activity in a public place constitutes most lewd conduct charges, such as public masturbation, oral sex and actual sexual intercourse. Indecent exposure may also be considered a form of lewd conduct. Lewd conduct is a misdemeanor offense that may be punishable by up to 12 months in county jail. It is typically not charged as a felony.
Los Angeles Sex Crime Lawyer
At times, law enforcement may conduct sting operations in an attempt to catch alleged offenders. These operations are set up at public parks and in adult book stores, public bathrooms and alleys. An officer may be set up at one of these locations dressed in plain clothes and may attempt to bait another person into flashing their genitalia or engaging in any other type of sexual activity. Once the person takes the bait, he or she is arrested.
Act now and involve a lawyer who can aggressively represent your interests in handling your lewd conduct charges. Contact Los Angeles lewd conduct defense attorney Robert Michael Helfend for a confidential case review today.