February 14, 2013 By Stephen Klarich

A person can face criminal allegations of lewd acts in public, under California Penal Code section 647(a), under a number of different circumstances. California Penal Code section 647(a) states that a person is guilty of this crime 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.”

A lewd act is defined as any conduct that involves sexual gratification or other forms of sexual deviancy. In other words, any conduct done for some sort of deviant, sexual gratification is considered “lewd.”

You can be charged with a violation of Penal Code Section 647(a) for masturbating in a strip club or adult movie theater with other adult patrons nearby. 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).

California Punishments for Lewd Acts in Public

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 a person believes that they are guilty of the offense, or 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.

The punishments for a conviction of California Penal Code Section 647(a) can include a jail sentence, a probation period, and potentially having to register as a sexual offender with law enforcement. Wallin and Klarich will fight for you, to ensure you get the best possible resolution.

A sex crime lawyer from Wallin & Klarich can represent you to ensure you get the possible outcome if you are charged with a violation of Penal Code section 647(a). Even if you believe you are guilty, our firm can review all the relevant facts and evidence in your case, and determine the best way to minimize your punishment.

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 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 for more information.

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