I Was Walking Naked In My Apartment In Los Angeles, And One Of My Neighbors Took Pictures Of Me And Pressed Charges Against Me For Lewd Acts In Public. Can I Be Found Guilty Of This Offense Under California Penal Code 647(a)? How Can Wallin & Klarich Help Me??
Penal Code section 647(a) states that a person is guilty of lewd acts in public if they “solicit anyone to engage in or who engages in lewd or dissolute conduct in any public place or in any place open to the public or exposed to public view.” If you are in your apartment, and your apartment is exposed to public view, you can potentially be charged with a violation of California Penal Code 647(a).
How can I be convicted of Lewd Acts in Public?
In order to be convicted of this offense, the prosecutor must prove that a lewd act occurred, and that it was done for sexual gratification or other forms of sexual deviancy. In other words, walking around naked in your apartment must have been done for some sort of deviant, sexual gratification.
If the prosecutor can prove that you were walking around your apartment nude for sexual gratification, and if you were visible to the public, you can be convicted of Penal Code 647(a). Additionally, any sort of touching of the genitals, buttocks, or breast area of another person or yourself, can be a violation of Penal Code Section 647(a).
In California, the punishment for a conviction of penal code section 647(a) can vary greatly depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime. Even if the prosecutor has strong evidence of guilt, there is still a great deal that a skilled, aggressive criminal defense firm like Wallin & Klarich can do for you.
Punishments for Lewd Acts in Public
The punishments for lewd acts in public can include a jail sentence, a probation period, and potentially having to register as a sex offender with law enforcement. Wallin and Klarich will fight for you, to ensure you get the best possible resolution.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, it is imperative you contact our firm. Hiring an experienced criminal defense law firm is the best way to ensure you keep your freedom. The Ventura County sex crime attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been helping people for over 30 years.
Please feel free to contact Wallin & Klarich to discuss your case. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (877) 466-5245 or go to our website at wklaw.com for more information.