Lewdness is broadly defined by the State of Utah, but generally encompasses public sex acts and public exposure of nudity. These types of crimes can entangle average, law-abiding people into jail time and a criminal record.
Levitt Legal, PLLC has experience defending sex crimes and will work to combat the very serious penalties that come alongside a lewdness conviction.
Lewdness Defense Attorney in Salt Lake City
If you have been arrested after an incident of indecent exposure or lewdness, call Levitt Legal, PLLC right away to prepare your defense. Lewdness charges may be embarrassing, but a dedicated attorney can help resolve them in your favor. We represent clients in Salt Lake County, Box Elder County, Tooele County, Weber County, and the surrounding areas. We handle each case professionally and with the intent to keep your record clean.
Call (801) 455-1743 or send a message to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Attorney Darren Levitt will explain your charges and the steps required to put this episode behind you.
Overview of Lewdness Arrests in Northern Utah
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Lewdness Statute in Utah
The State of Utah defines separately lewdness and lewdness involving a child, with the latter sentence carrying tougher consequences.
Under Utah Criminal Code § 76-9-702, lewdness occurs in a public place or under circumstances which the person should know will likely cause affront or alarm to or in the presence of another who is 14 years of age or older.
- an act of sexual intercourse;
- exposing genitals, the female breast below the top of the areola, the buttocks, the anus, or the pubic area;
- and any other act deemed lewd.
The same act of lewdness, if it will likely cause an affront or alarm to or in the presence of another who is under the age of 14, is punished as lewdness involving a child. Lewdness involving a child also includes causing a child under the age of 14 years to expose his or her genitals, anus, or breast, if female, with a sexual intent.
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Penalties for Lewdness in Utah
Lewdness as a first offense is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000. Your record will show the crime of lewdness for several years, if convicted. With a clean criminal history, the judge may agree to probation or prosecution can reduce to lesser charges. Levitt Legal, PLLC will pursue each option and advise you on taking a plea or going to trial.
The penalty for lewdness becomes a third degree felony if the defendant is a registered sex offender, has two or more prior convictions for lewdness or lewdness involving a child. A third degree felony may be punished by up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.
Four or more convictions for lewdness will land a person on the sex offender registry for ten years.
Breastfeeding is explicitly defined not to be an act of lewdness.
Lewdness involving a child will be sentenced as a class A misdemeanor. The maximum punishment is one year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. If there is a prior conviction for lewdness involving a child or if the defendant is a registered sex offender, the sentence is increased to a third degree felony. Any conviction for lewdness involving a child will place a person on the sex offender registry for ten years.
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Finding the Best Defense Lawyer for Lewdness Charges in Utah
Levitt Legal, PLLC knows that an arrest for a sex crime is damaging no matter the outcome. Attorney Darren Levitt will invest the time and resources necessary for you to defeat lewdness charges and clear your name in the justice system. Get started as soon after your arrest as possible for the best likelihood of defeating this case. Call (801) 455-1743 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a skilled Salt Lake City lewdness lawyer to review your circumstances.