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This crime is usually charged under Penal Code Section 647(a). The Elements are as follows:
Many times the Police engage in sting operations in public bathrooms wherein an undercover officer entices usually gay men to solicit him for sex. Depending on the facts of the case the defense of Entrapment may be applicable. Also, because these vice-police sting operations tend to result in the exclusive arrests of gay men a motion under People v. Murgia may be appropriate. This motion deals with discriminatory police practices. Notably, touching must occur for this offense to be proven.
This is not a sex offense requiring registration under Penal Code Section 290; however, it is a very undesirable charge to have on one’s record. A skillful attorney may be able to negotiate a non-sexual offense such as disturbing the peace or trespass if the charge can be otherwise proven.
Please contact Mr. Bruzzo at (714) 547-4636 if you, a friend, or loved one has been charged with lewd conduct in a public place or for any criminal matter.