Lewd Conduct encompasses a myriad of sexually related acts that are usually charged under Penal Code sections 288, 289, 314.1 or 647.6. In fact, the very definition of lewd conduct depends on a variety of factors including the facts of the case itself and the jurisdiction you are in at the time of the event. For example, if the lewd conduct involves a child who is 14 years or younger, it automatically becomes a felony charge. On the other hand, the crime of indecent exposure is automatically a misdemeanor.
Depending on the facts of the case, the prosecutor has the discretion to file charges as a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanors carry up to 1 year of incarceration, while felonies carry up to 8 years. What is extremely important to know is that if you are convicted lewd conduct, you automatically have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
This is why it is so important to consult with a professional that can help you with your case. In fact, before you discuss the case with anyone in law enforcement you should first consult with an attorney because saying even one thing that can be taken the wrong way may be used against you. A lawyer can not only help you build your case, you may even get a lesser charge or the charges dropped entirely depending on the circumstances.
If you or someone you love has been arrested for lewd conduct in Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Menifee, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Perris, Banning, Corona, Winchester or Riverside, CA., contact us so we can help. Our office if near the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, California.