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What is Lewd & Lascivious Behavior?

What is Lewd & Lascivious Behavior?

Lewd and Lascivious Examples

Lewd and lascivious behavior is defined as performing consensual sexual intercourse, sodomy, and/or exposing a sex organ for sexual gratification in public. Some of the most common examples of this are: indecent exposure, sex in public, public urination, & public nudity charges.

  • Indecent exposure – When a person exposes himself/herself in a public area where it is possible for someone else to see it.
  • Sex in public – When a person performs sexual intercourse with someone else in an open or public area, including inside a motor vehicle since there is a chance another individual might see the act.
  • Public urination – Urinating in public can also lead to lewd and lascivious behavior charges since a person exposes their private body parts, but not for sexual gratification purposes.
  • Public nudity – When a person engages in “streaking” or intentionally exposes private body parts in a public area.

When we think of sex crimes, rape or child pornography often come to mind due to the seriousness of such offenses. Contact our firm today for more information.

Lewd and Lascivious Penalties in Kansas City

A public space is considered an area which is potentially available to the public. Even a person believes a specific area is private, such as an office building, such a place can still be viewed as public because other people are able to come into the space and see whatever is happening.

If a person commits engages in lewd and lascivious behavior in the presence of another who is 16 years of age or older, it is a Class B misdemeanor that results in a maximum six-month jail term and a fine no larger than $1,000 if convicted. If the person who sees the lewd and lascivious behavior is under 16 years old, it is a Level 9 felony, punishable by a prison term of up to 13 months and a maximum $100,000 fine, as well as registration as a sex offender in some circumstances.

If you have been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, it is imperative to obtain legal representation from an experienced lawyer. At Stein Law, LLC, we understand how an accusation of a sex crime can ruin your personal life and professional reputation. Our Kansas City criminal defense attorneys can help you either get your charges dismissed or reduce the charges/penalties you face.

Contact us at (913) 583-0465 and schedule a free consultation today for more information today.

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