In order for law enforcement officers and prosecutors to prove that a person
committed a lewd or dissolute act, they must establish several legal elements.
These include proving that a person touched their private parts or the
private parts of another, that they did so for sexual gratification, that
they committed this act in public, and that the person knew or should
have known that others would have been offended by this conduct. As defined
by the statute, "public" refers to any public place, any place
open to the public, or any place in public view.
In many cases, arrests for CPC § 647(a) come as the result of sting
operations conducted by undercover law enforcement officers, many of which
specifically target homosexual men. Many of these sting operations lure
men into committing lewd or dissolute conduct, or into committing acts
that they later allege to have been lewd or dissolute conduct. Additionally,
these types of cases may arise when couples of any sexual orientation
engage in sexual acts in public, such as in a park. Whatever the particular
situation or case may be, our firm's Los Angeles criminal defense
attorneys make sure to personally evaluate all circumstances surrounding
an arrest and allegation to ensure that our clients receive the effective
defense they need.
Defending Against Sex Crime Charges
Sex crime charges are among the most serious allegations one can face,
particularly because they have such a negative connotation in society.
Although charges for 647(a) may not be as serious as sexual assault or
child pornography offenses, those who conduct background checks –
including potential employers and landlords – may not be aware of
what the charge means. As a result, they may view "lewd and dissolute
conduct" in a much harsher light, which can have a serious and negative
impact on your future well-being.
If you or your loved one has been charged with lewd or dissolute conduct
in public, please be aware that these charges can be fought with the assistance
of proven and experienced criminal attorneys. Challenging the essential
legal elements in this case – such as whether the place was "public"
and whether the conduct was "lewd or dissolute" – is crucial
to having charges dismissed or reduced. It is important to note, however,
that the particular facts in your case will always influence the trajectory
of your defense strategy.
Protect Your Future with Our Firm
Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP is a firm that was established on the
belief that clients deserve personalized attention and genuine support
throughout each step of their legal journeys. Should you choose to work
with our firm, you can rest assured that your case will be in capable
hands and that you will always be kept well-informed and involved in your
defense. Whether you believe that these charges arose from entrapment,
whether these charges entail additional sex crime allegations, or whether
you believe that there is nothing you can do, you should always bring
your case to the attention of an attorney who has the ability to evaluate
your situation, inform you about your rights, and explain how you can
defend against the charges and penalties you face. Learn more about your
particular case during a consultation or
contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer from Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP today.