Open or gross lewdness is a serious offense that can have many consequences in the future depending on the severity of lewd act. Read the information below to learn more about open or gross lewdness and the punishments and penalties one can encounter if he/she is convicted of open or gross lewdness. 

WHAT CONSTITUTES OPEN OR GROSS LEWDNESS?

Open or gross lewdness is Nevada is defined as any act in which a person engages in sexual activity in public or in any other manner that can offend another individual. In addition, a mother breastfeeding her child in public does not constitute open or gross lewdness.  

PENALTIES FOR OPEN OR GROSS LEWDNESS IN LAS VEGAS:

NRS 201.210 outlines several consequences and punishments for those convicted of open or gross lewdness. 

For a first time offense, you will be convicted of a gross misdemeanor.

For any subsequence offense, or if you have been previously convicted of a sexual offense, you will be convicted of a category D felony and will be punished:

  • A minimum term of 1 year and a maximum terms of 4 years in a state prison, and

  • A possible fine of no more than $5,000.

If the indecent exposure was done in the presence of a child under 18 years old or any person who suffers a physical or mental incapacitation, you will be convicted of a category D felony and will be punished:

  • A minimum term of 1 year and a maximum terms of 4 years in a state prison, and

  • A possible fine of no more than $5,000.

DEFENSES TO OPEN OR GROSS LEWDNESS CHARGES IN LAS VEGAS:

There are several defenses to open or gross lewdness that can help reduce the charge or drop it altogether. 

  • Entrapment: It is illegal for a police officer to trick someone into committing a crime of open or gross lewdness if the person would have otherwise not committed the crime.
  • Insufficient Evidence: If the prosecution has insufficient evidence to demonstrate a person committed the crime of open or gross lewdness, then they cannot meet their burden in order to convict a person of the crime.

If you or someone you know has been charged with open or gross lewdness, it is important that you contact an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who can help defend your charges. Adrian Lobo is a highly qualified attorney who is determined to help you get the representation and results you deserve. Because every case is different, it is important you contact Adrian Lobo today to schedule a consultation and begin discussing your case.