Los Angeles Lewd Conduct Defense Lawyer
LEARN WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP YOU IF YOU ARE CHARGED WITH A LEWD CONDUCT CHARGE IN LOS ANGELES
In defending lewd conduct charges over the years, I have noticed that in many cases the charges are too harsh for what actually happened. Sometimes being able to shed some light on the surrounding circumstances of the case and give the defendant’s story to the prosecutor and judge can do wonders to change the complexion of the case and save the defendant from some of the harsh consequences that can flow from a lewd conduct charge. Another issue that is important is to try and avoid a conviction that is lewd conduct related because of the stigma that attaches to this type of crime and because in some circumstances the prosecutors will try and force the charge person to register as a sex offender.
In order to defend against some of these harsh consequences a lewd conduct charge can bring, in addition to shedding light on the true circumstances of the case, it can also be important to make sure that the mitigating and positive side of your client’s life is something that the judge and prosecutor take into account before they pass judgment on the client. There are many effective ways that a defendant can show the prosecutor that they should be given the benefit of the doubt and not suffer irreversible consequences related to a lewd conduct charge. Sometimes character letters from the clients friends and family can go along way towards humanizing the defendant and showing the judge and prosecutor that they are a good citizen who has done a lot for the community and that the subject conduct is an aberration that will not occur again.
Lewd conduct, which may be charged as a felony, has some harsh penalties. Our sex crime defense attorneys make it our objective to minimize these penalties as best as we can or have the charges completely dismissed due to insufficient evidence or illegally obtained evidence.
Indecent exposure, child molestation, child pornography, and prostitution is considered lewd conduct. To be convicted with lewd conduct the burden is on the prosecution must prove all the elements beyond a reasonable doubt.
The elements of lewd conduct are: the person intentionally took part in the touching of his/her own or someone else’s private areas; the person had the purpose to sexual gratify self or another; the person was in a public place; someone else was present at the time that may have been offended; the person knew or should have known that a person who may have been offended was actually present.
As your sex crime defense attorney, our duty to you as our client is to gather and contest all the evidence the prosecution is trying to bring in to prove each of these elements.
We are aggressive in what we do and our priority is to get you, the client, the best results possible.
Penalties you may face if you are convicted of lewd conduct/lewd conduct with a minor are state imprisonment, fines of up to $10,000, and mandatory sex offender registration as required by California Penal Code Section 290.
Let us help avoid these penalties the best we can. Contact our L.A. sex crime defense attorneys and set up a free face to face consultation.
July 2015 – Van Nuys Court – Successful Case Result
Van Nuys Superior Court – Client charged with Lewd Conduct – a violation of Penal Code Section 647 (b). At the initial court appearance the prosecutors wanted my client to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, be the the Megan’s Law website and wanted him to do a term in jail. After I was able to show them all of the mitigating factors related to the facts and circumstances of the case and give them an idea of the type of person my client is, they offered him a resolution that avoided sex registration, no jail time and he was able to plead to a charge that does not have a sexual aspect to it.