Lewd conduct is the legal term used for sexual conduct or a related activity that could be considered an affront to the public. Defining such an act can be difficult, and defending oneself against a charge can be equally complex.
To get the most effective defense possible, speak with a Salt Lake City lewd conduct defense attorney at the Law Offices of David Paul White and Associates. We handle cases across Utah for individuals who have been charged with criminal sexual crimes, and have a keen awareness of what it takes to be successful in protecting our clients from the short-term and long-term consequences of a criminal conviction.
What Does Lewd Conduct Mean In The Criminal Justice System?
Indecent exposure, or the exposure of an individual’s private parts in a public setting or within public view, is one of the more common causes of lewd conduct charges. Typically, it is considered a misdemeanor charge, but it can still carry heavy consequences.
For example, many criminal convictions carry a social stigma, but sexual conduct charges often create a heightened sense of fear or discomfort in the general population. If you were to apply for a job and your employer finds that you had a history of lewd conduct charges, that employer could hesitate or not move to hire you as the employer may believe you would pose a threat in terms of sexual harassment matters within the workplace.
Lewd conduct is an enhanceable charge, meaning the consequences become more serious as an individual becomes a repeat offender. We do our best to keep charges like these off of our clients’ criminal records. In some cases this involves pleading abeyance (also known as deferred prosecution or deferred judgment), which basically involves the prosecutor diverting the matter from prosecution, and after a certain time period, if the individual who has been charged shows “good behavior,” the prosecutor may move to dismiss the charge. No matter what defense methods we pursue, you can be sure that your lawyer will work relentlessly with you to protect you from the serious consequences of your criminal charge.
Salt Lake City Defense Attorney David Paul White Can Help
If you have been charged with lewd conduct, it is important to seek legal counsel from an experienced defense lawyer. Attorney David Paul White bring a track record of more than 25 years of protecting the rights of his clients. Schedule a free initial consultation with our firm by contacting us anytime, day or night, online or by telephone at 801-266-4114.
We offer reasonable fees, a 24-hour answering service, flexible appointments and skillful representation to individuals throughout Utah.