Public sexual indecency/lewd acts are serious charges that are accompanied by severe consequences if the accused is convicted. The penalties for such acts vary from one state to the next, but may require a prison sentence, probation and registration as a sex offender. The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense attorneys have extensive knowledge of the laws relating to the charges of public sexual indecency and lewd acts in each state. They are determined to help you achieve the most optimal outcome possible in your defense case.

At The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense law offices located in twenty-six states throughout the country, we believe in the innocence of our clients and we will work aggressively to defend your rights and help you to retain your freedom. Please call or email our criminal defense attorneys today.

What is Public Sexual Indecency?

Public sexual indecency is the intentional engagement in any sexual act that is considered reckless, dangerous or offensive. These acts are knowingly performed in the presence of other adults or minors. These acts may include:

  • An act of sexual contact
  • An act of oral sexual contact
  • An act of sexual intercourse
  • An act of bestiality

Public sexual indecency is a class 1 misdemeanor, while public sexual indecency in the presence of a minor is a class 5 felony.

What is a Lewd Act?

A lewd act is any conduct performed in a public place which can be deemed as lewd or offensive. A public place includes parks, stores, public restrooms, planes, buses, trains, theaters, beaches, or even in a private home if it is in open view of the public.


The consequences for being convicted of public sexual indecency/lewd acts are typically the same as other sex crimes and laws may vary from one state to another. These may include one or more of the following:

  • Prison sentencing
  • Probation
  • Registration as a sex offender
  • Monetary fines
  • Completion of a rehabilitation program
  • Mandatory counseling

In order for you to fight charges of public sexual indecency/lewd acts, you need to have an experienced and aggressive team of legal representatives in your corner. The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense attorneys will fight to uphold your legal rights and to maintain your freedom. We will aid in reducing your charges or helping you to avoid penalties and conviction. Please contact our criminal defense attorneys today.