Penalties for Being Convicted on Charges of Lewd Conduct and Indecent Exposure

If you have been charged with lewd conduct or indecent exposure, our knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense law attorneys can help. The Noonan Defense Firm is available to assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area including South Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Somerville, Quincy, New Bedford, Taunton, Attleboro, Lowell, Woburn, Medford, Waltham, Wareham, Lynn, Lawrence, Wrentham, Dedham, Salem, Fall River, Brookline, Chelsea, Worcester, Framingham, Everett, Revere, Dorchester and Roxbury and all smaller cities and rural areas in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts criminal code includes not one, but three, ordinances applying to inappropriately sexual, or lewd, behavior.

  • The “crimes against morality” statute dictates up to six-month jail terms and $200 fines for prostitution, indecent exposure and “wanton and lascivious” speech;
  • The “open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior” statute (which doesn’t define what those terms mean) dictates maximum penalties of three years in prison and a $300 fine; and
  • The “unnatural and lascivious acts” statute calls for fines of up to $1,000, and prison terms of up to five years, for “any unnatural and lascivious act with another person.”

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Indecent Exposure, Second Most Common Type of Charge

Aside from prostitution, the type of offense that’s most commonly categorized as lewd, lascivious and wanton in the state of Massachusetts is indecent exposure—the deliberate showing of naked body parts to a non-consenting child or adult.

Although the penalties for indecent exposure may seem minor, it’s possible for a conviction on this count to land you in the national sex offender registry, which will make it virtually impossible for you to make any major life changes (moving, finding a job, obtaining a loan, etc.)

Charged with Lewd Conduct / Indecent Exposure? We can help.

Whatever the lewd, lascivious or wanton act charges you are facing, our expert sex crimes criminal defense law attorneys can help. Although most lewd acts don’t result in significant jail time, you may be subject to probation, and you will almost certainly have to pay a fine; more concerning, is that you will have a permanent conviction on your record (even for a minor offense) that can make it difficult to later find a job or obtain a loan. If we can’t have the charges dismissed or suspended outright, The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan experts’ will work our hardest to secure you the best possible outcome.

No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call our Massachusetts Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to confront this important matter. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.

Our knowledgeable and experienced Massachusetts Lewd and Lascivious Offense Defense Attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan are available to assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts, including but not limited to Plymouth County including Brockton, Abington, Bridgewater, Whitman, Hanson, Hingham, Wareham, Halifax, Middleborough, Rockland, Lakeville, Holbrook, Avon, Kingston, Pembroke, Plympton, Pembroke, Hanover, Carver, Duxbury, Marshfield, Norwell, Hanover, Scituate, East/West Bridgewater, Rochester, Marion, Mattapoisett; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Wrentham, Foxborough, Franklin, Walpole; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Norton; Cape Cod, Falmouth, Barnstable. Middlesex County including Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, Newton, Framingham, Malden, Chelsea, Everett, Arlington, Medford and Waltham; and the Greater Boston area including South Boston, Worcester, Framingham, Woburn, Lynn, Lawrence, Salem, Dedham, Revere, Dorchester and Roxbury.