Los Angeles Lewd Conduct Attorney
Lewd Conduct Arrest
Lewd conduct is defined as any illegal act such as touching of the genitals,
buttocks or breast that is executed by a person with the purpose of offending
or achieving sexual stimulation, either for themselves of another person.
This type of crime commonly occurs in cases of pornography,
indecent exposure, among others.
When lewd conduct involves a minor, the crime becomes a felony offense
and if convicted, the offender will be subject to considerably stiffer
penalties as a result. It is critical for the accused to consult the advice
of a skilled
Los Angeles sex crime defense attorney in these cases in order to avoid the risk of an insufficient defense,
and subsequent conviction.
Penalties for Lewd Conduct with a Minor
According to California Penal Code Section 288, a person who willfully
commits a lewd or lascivious act against a child under the age of 14 years
old will face felony charges. The penalties for this offense may include
3, 6 or 8 years in state prison, along with heavy fines and sex offender
Child molestation, child sexual abuse,
sodomy of a minor and
oral copulation with a minor are all offenses which may constitute lewd conduct with a minor, although
specific penalties and charges may vary depending upon the many circumstances
of the case as well as the age of the alleged victim and the defendant.
Get Help from Our Sex Crime Defense Attorneys
Lewd conduct can be difficult to prove in a court of law, and prosecution
is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a number of different points
concerning the crime. The offender must have engaged in conduct, or solicited
another to engage in conduct that involved touching of sexual areas such
as the breasts, genitals or buttocks. The defendant must also be proven
to have committed the lewd act intentionally in an effort to cause sexual
stimulation, or offense. The prosecution must also prove that the defendant
was aware that there were people in the vicinity who would certainly be
offended by the crime, and that the acts occurred in a public place.
Proving lewd conduct can be very challenging for prosecutors, largely due
to the fact that witness testimony may be hard to come by, and that it
can be difficult to prove intent in these cases. Okabe & Haushalter
have deep experience defending those charged with lewd conduct, and execute
working strategies that are designed to cast the doubt necessary to achieve
minimized penalties, or no penalties at all. Our firm is dedicated to
providing you with the best possible defense based on your specific situation,
and we will fight hard to see that your rights are not compromised in
Contact a Los Angeles sex crime defense lawyer
if you have been charged with lewd conduct and would like a skilled legal
professional to fight for your defense.