Lewd and Lascivious Conduct

While most people understand that committing acts of a sexual nature against another individual against his or her will may be considered to be battery of a sexual nature, many do not realize that performing certain acts in public or in front of a minor may carry criminal charges as well. To combat such behavior, most cities and states have specific “lewdness” laws on the books to allow for prosecution for “indecent” acts in public.

In Massachusetts, persons who are accused of certain acts in public may face charges of “lewd and lascivious conduct”. Lewd and lascivious conduct crimes are typically prosecuted as a misdemeanor, but may involve stronger charges depending on the specifics of the case. If you have been charged with lewd and lascivious conduct, contact the Massachusetts sex crimes attorney James Powderly at 508-343-0676 today.

Conduct Crimes

Persons may face lewd and lascivious conduct charges if they:

  • Expose their genitals in a public area or in front of a minor
  • Perform a sexual act in public
  • Are accused of trespassing or voyeurism

In some states, including Massachusetts, public urination may also be considered to be lewd and lascivious conduct. If an individual urinates or defecates in a public place (other than a restroom or approved facility) he or she may face criminal conduct charges.

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If you have been charged with a conduct crime like lewd and lascivious conduct, it is important to have an experienced Massachusetts sex crimes attorney on your side. For assistance with your case, contact the Massachusetts sex crimes attorney James Powderly at 508-343-0676 to discuss your legal options.


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