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Public Lewdness

Public Lewdness

Chapter 21 of the Texas Penal Code sets restrictions and guidelines regarding sexually based offenses in the state of Texas.

“Public Lewdness”, as per § 21.07 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person knowingly engages in any of the following acts in a public place or, if not in a public place, the person is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by the person's:

  • act of sexual intercourse;

  • act of deviate sexual intercourse; or

  • act of sexual contact.

Public Lewdness is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by a term of confinement in a state jail not to exceed one year, as well as a fine of up to $4,000.

Severity of Crime

Misdemeanor A

  • Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year

  • Fine not to exceed $4,000

  • Both such fine and confinement