A Utah man has been arrested pending investigation on a number of lewdness charges, including lewdness involving a child. He apparently has a long criminal history, although that doesn’t necessarily pertain to the pending charges.
Nude on the Street? Bet You’ll Get Arrested!
The man allegedly told police that he opted to talk a walk around 1300 South State Street in Salt Lake City wearing only shoes because of a bet. Unfortunately for the man, however, police decided that his nudeness involved lewdness—which is against the law in Utah.
There are some places where you can walk, jaunt or strut around in your birthday suit as much as you want, but—surprise, surprise—that doesn’t usually apply to a public thoroughfare. Even if you choose to wander around naked but appropriately shod, you’ll probably still get arrested.
Lewdness is a Crime
In Utah, lewdness is considered an offense against public order and decency. It’s a class B misdemeanor the first and second times you commit lewdness, but if you decide to keep going down that path, you’ll likely be facing a felony charge. While a class B misdemeanor comes with a potential penalty of up to six months in jail, a third degree felony conviction may send you to prison for up to five years.
Lewdness involving a child is a class A misdemeanor the first time and a third degree felony for any subsequent violation. In this particular case, the man may be facing three separate counts of lewdness involving a child which could result in a lengthy prison sentence if he’s found guilty.
Let a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney Help You
Regardless of the criminal charge(s) against you, you should contact a Utah criminal defense attorney for help. Don’t think that a past criminal history will automatically make you guilty of any current charge. You need and deserve to have expert legal representation from a top Utah criminal defense attorney. Make the right call today.