Every sex crime arrest is serious. Every arrest—even for open and gross lewdness—puts the arrested person into a justice system that will label that person as an alleged sex criminal. If you are convicted this can mean years as a registered sex offender.
Open and Gross Lewdness may seem like a lesser charge, something you can simply plead to and put behind you so that you can avoid the hassle of a trial. Before you make that decision, talk to a skilled Massachusetts Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer.
EARLY INTERVENTION IS THE KEY TO A PROPER DEFENSE
It is extremely important to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney begin working on your case as early as possible. Critical issues, such as how your particular case will be filed and what charges will be leveled against you, are decided, many a time, very soon after your arrest or during the investigatory period. Early intervention gives us an opportunity to potentially reduce or dismiss either felony or misdemeanor charges against you before the first court date.
MA OPEN AND GROSS PENALTIES
• State Prison Not More Than Three (3) Years, OR
• Jail Not More Than Two (2) Years, AND / OR
• Fine Not More Than Three Hundred ($300) Dollars
MA OPEN AND GROSS LEWDNESS LAW
Chapter 272: Section 16.
Open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior.
A man or woman, married or unmarried, who is guilty of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than three years or in jail for not more than two years or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars.