public lewdness in Texas

What is Public Lewdness in Texas? Is Having Sex in Public in Texas Illegal?

Public Lewdness and Indecent Exposure are both crimes in the State of Texas that involve nudity or exposure in public. Public Lewdness is codified in Penal Code 21.07.

What is Public Lewdness in Texas?

In the most general terms, Public Lewdness is having sex in public. Penal Code 21.07 defines Public Lewdness as an offense where a person knowingly engages in any of the following acts in a public place or, if not in a public place, he is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his:

  • Act of sexual intercourse;
  • Act of deviate sexual intercourse;
  • Act of sexual contact; OR
  • Act involving contact between the person’s mouth or genitals and the anus or genitals of an animal or fowl.

Is having sex in public illegal in Texas?

Having sex in public can lead to a misdemeanor charge.

Definitions:

  • Deviate sexual intercourse is any contact between the genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of another person. The penetration of the genitals or anus of another person with an object is also considered deviate sexual intercourse.
  • Sexual contact is any touching of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of another person with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.
  • Sexual intercourse means any penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ.

What is the punishment range for public lewdness in Texas?

Public Lewdness is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas. It is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Public Lewdness and Gun Rights in Texas

If you are convicted of public lewdness, you will be prohibited from having a License to Carry for a period of five years.

Our Goals for a Public Lewdness Case

Public lewdness carries with it a stigma that few cases have. Although it is a misdemeanor, most people look at this charge as an act of sexual deviance, especially if all their are looking at is a background check where this shows up. Our goals for a public lewdness charge is to seek opportunities to resolve the case in a manner that avoid jail time, a conviction, and allows for an expunction or nondisclosure in the future. While this may not always be possible, we want to do everything we can to prevent this charge from adversely affecting you in the future.

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Benson Varghese

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Benson Varghese is the Managing Partner of Varghese Summersett PLLC. He is a state and federal practitioner who has handled thousands criminal cases and taken over 100 cases to trial by jury. Benson is frequently called upon to handle cases that require a high degree of knowledge in technology, scientific evidence, forensic evidence, as well as serious intoxication cases. The lawyers at Varghese Summersett PLLC exclusively handle criminal defense matters.