A conviction for public lewdness can lead to very serious consequences including jail time, financial penalties, and a permanent criminal record. Even worse, public lewdness can require you to register as a sex offender. All this can, of course, have profoundly negative impacts on you, your family, and your future. Damage to your reputation and your career can be irreversible. Don’t put your life, family, and future in just anyone’s hands. When you’re facing all this, you need the best possible Dallas public lewdness lawyer in your corner.
We understand that being accused of indecent exposure can be frightening and frustrating, to say the least. It is extremely common to feel alone and isolated, not knowing who you can trust. You need to be able to turn to someone you know you can trust. You need an experienced and compassionate Dallas public lewdness attorney on your side.
Dallas Public Lewdness Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been accused of public lewdness in Dallas, contact the Law Office of Mike Howard. Most importantly, Dallas public lewdness attorney Mike Howard has the experience, trial skills, and dedication that you need when you are fighting for your life. We will do everything we can to fight for you. Moreover, Mr. Howard will give you an honest assessment of your case and explain the law and your legal options.
A Different Kind of Lawyer
We approach our clients differently than a lot of lawyers. Above all, our philosophy is that being a great lawyer is more than getting you a great result. First, our office is centered around you. This means we start by truly listening to you to understand your case and your goals. Further, our team works to provide you a client experience that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Answering your questions and keeping you informed is very important to us. Most importantly, we treat you as a person, not a number. Finally, our goal is to achieve the best possible result for you. If you’re looking for a different kind of lawyer you’ve come to the right place.
Our Case Process
Listen & Understand
We focus on clients as real people. First, we list to understand who you are and what you need. Then we make sure we fully understand the facts of the case.
We explain the law, your rights, and the legal process. Because communication is very important to us, we strive to quickly answer questions and return communication.
Fight for Justice
Simply put: we fight hard for you. In the courtroom, in negotiations, and before a case even is officially opened, we fight for justice for you.
Public Lewdness Charges in Dallas
A person commits public lewdness (Texas Penal Code § 21.07) if they knowingly engage in any of the following acts in a public place or is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by:
- sexual intercourse;
- deviate sexual intercourse; or
- sexual contact
Resources and Information
See ourcriminal defense resource center for more information on fundamental rights in a criminal case, definitions of culpable mental states (intentionally, knowingly, etc), defenses to prosecution, and more.
Public Lewdness Penalties
Public Lewdness is a Class A misdemeanor. As a result, you can face up to 1 year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine. A second conviction for indecent exposure requires registration as a sex offender for ten years following the end of the sentence.
Defending Public Lewdness Charges in Dallas
First and foremost, the prosecutor must prove their allegation beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot rule out each and every possible reasonable doubt, the presumption of innocence prevails. As a result, the court must find you not guilty. This means you don’t have to prove that you didn’t do it. You don’t have to prove anything!
The only way the prosecution wins is if the jury believes their story is the only reasonable way it could’ve happened. If they have any reasonable doubts that it actually happened, they must find you not guilty. If they reasonably think it could’ve happened another way, they must find you not guilty. This is the highest burden of proof in our justice system. When implemented by a skilled Dallas public lewdness attorney, it can be a powerful weapon.
Choosing the Right Public Lewdness Lawyer in Dallas
Searching for public lewdness lawyers in Dallas can be overwhelming. After all, you are choosing someone who will hold your life, your future, and your family’s future in their hands. You have to be comfortable with them and feel that you can trust the information and advice they give you. Attorneys are supposed to always work in their clients’ best interest. That shouldn’t just be meaningless talk.
First, talk to several lawyers to get a feel for them and their staff. Do they take the time necessary to get to know you, to listen to what’s important to you, and answer your questions? Do they show you that you matter to them as a person and not just as a fee? Beware of lawyers who put the hard sell on you, who make big promises. No attorney should ever make a guarantee about a case. Absolutely avoid a lawyer who doesn’t communicate the scope of the work and their fee clearly in a written contract.
What Makes Mike Howard Different
Many lawyers take advantage of their clients’ ignorance of the criminal justice process. We take the opposite approach. A knowledgeable client is a happy client. Therefore, we provide a wealth of information in the way of articles about criminal offenses, blog posts, and videos for free on our website.
Dallas Public Lewdness Attorney Mike Howard
Above all, I strive to help my clients through difficult times with compassion and integrity. In Dallas innocent people can get accused, charged, and convicted when they don’t have a Dallas public lewdness attorney fighting for them. I believe in standing up for people facing criminal accusations and helping them navigate all that comes with being thrown into the criminal justice system.
The cornerstone of my law practice is focusing on my clients as individuals. I start by taking the time to understand not just the facts of their case, but who they are and what they need. Because I know the criminal justice system can be intimidating, I explain the process, their rights, and their options. Client communication is extremely important to me, so I make sure my team and I do everything possible to quickly answer questions and return messages.
Willing to Fight
Most importantly, I am willing to fight a case in court. I have a track record of delivering fantastic results at trial. While not every client and case needs to go to trial, it can make a difference. When your Dallas public lewdness attorney has a reputation as a skilled trial lawyer who fights for their clients, however, it can make all the difference in the world.