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Penal Code section 647 makes it unlawful to engage in conduct that would be offensive to a third person, in a public place. This section covers a broad range of potential conduct, however, it is generally used in charging and prosecuting homosexual men for having sex, masturbating, touching each themselves, or another sexually in a public locale. A conviction for Lewd Conduct carries a maximum penalty of up to five (5) years of misdemeanor probation, up to one (1) year in the county jail, and a fine of up to $1000 plus court penalties and assessments. If you have been charged with one of these crimes, you need an experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney to help you. You need WILL & WILL, LLP.

Our former prosecutors and career defense attorneys know that police agencies will often set up task forces for the purpose of conducting lewd conduct sting operations. These task forces are usually comprised of officers from different units and different agencies in the county, such as vice, narcotics, etc… Generally, when a law enforcement agency conducts one of these sting operations, one of two things happens: either (a) an undercover officer poses as a gay man just hanging out, usually near or in a bathroom at a park, and tries to get another man to go off somewhere and agree to engage in a sexual act with him, or (b) undercover officers will cruise through adult bookstores looking in video booths to see what, if anything, is going on in them. Once the officers see something they believe constitutes lewd conduct, or gets someone to agree to do something that would constitute lewd conduct, they place you under arrest.

Often times, when clients see the actual police report in their case, they will tell us that things that were said were twisted around in the report, or that the report has untruths in it. The way that you believe things occurred isn’t always the way they are represented in a police report. You need an attorney that knows how these types of stings go down and who knows how to challenge them. For these reasons as well as many others, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side.You need WILL & WILL, LLP representing you!

You also need an attorney that understands that these cases tend to involve very sensitive issues for most people. We know that this can be a very embarrassing situation to find yourself in. Often times, our clients come to us before they tell anyone else including significant others, friends, family, and employers about it. Whatever you discuss with your WILL & WILL, LLP attorney is fully privileged and confidential information. We will use the utmost discretion in representing you. As with all misdemeanor cases, your WILL & WILL, LLP attorney can generally handle all court appearances without you being present.

At WILL & WILL, LLP, our lawyers are former prosecutors and career defense attorneys who have a great deal of knowledge and experience with various sex crimes. Our attorneys have been very successful at fighting these types of cases. Many clients who come to us with charges pursuant to Penal Code section 647 (lewd conduct) have had their cases reduced to lesser offenses, and often even dismissed, depending on the facts of each individual case. If you have been arrested or charged with lewd conduct or lewd acts, call WILL & WILL, LLP or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.

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