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Bail Bonds for Lewd and Lascivious Behavior

Posted on Jul 6th, 2022 by mrnice 64 Views

Have you been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior and seeking bail bond support? We can help!

The terms lewd and lascivious sound old-fashioned, so it may not be clear to you what they refer to in a criminal environment. Typically, the expression is used as an umbrella term to refer to a variety of sex-related crimes. Essentially, lewd and lascivious behaviors describe activities with the intent to be sexually gratifying, either for the perpetrator or the audience. Of course, not all lewd and lascivious activities are punished by the law. These behaviors only become a criminal problem if they meet specific criteria:

  • They are illegally performed in public
  • They involve the participation of someone who can't legally provide their consent 
  • They force an unwilling individual to participate

So, it is important to note that there is a clear distinction between criminal and acceptable lewd and lascivious behaviors. With this clarified, if you are arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious behaviors, you can be sure that your activities fall under the criminal interest of the law because they meet one or more of the above mentioned criteria. 

What happens to you if you are arrested for lewd and lascivious behaviors? The answer depends entirely on the severity of the crime, the set bail bond you receive, and your previous criminal history. Unsure how to proceed? We are here to help you understand your options. 

What does California law call lewd and lascivious behaviors?

While the term is typically used to refer to sex-related crimes, California legists are more like to call crimes in relation to minors lewd and lascivious behaviors. This could include a variety of crimes, such as:

  • Inappropriate touching
  • Groping
  • Sexual assault
  • Unlawful pornography with a minor
  • Indecent exposure to a minor

However, it is important to understand that these behaviors also fall under the regard of the law, even if they do not involve a minor individual. If they are performed without the consent or against the will of one of the participants, they are recorded as criminal activities. Still, they may not necessarily be described as lewd and lascivious behaviors. California law specifically uses the term lewd and lascivious behaviors to describe sexual acts involving someone younger than 14. 

It remains illegal to perform sexual acts with an individual aged between 14 and 18, even if it will not be described as lewd and lascivious behaviors. However, the perpetrator is at risk of being charged with statutory rape in the worst case scenario. 

Does it mean that all sexual activities with minors are lewd and lascivious behaviors?

California courts do not consider that sexual act between two consenting minors is reprehensible by the law. However, the law makes a clear distinction when it comes to age and the type of consent. 

The age of consent in California is 18, which means that anyone under 18 is legally a minor and not able to provide their consent in any sexual act involving an individual aged 18 or over. In other words, teenagers under 18 having sex don't fall into the lewd and lascivious behavior category unless:

  • The age difference is too great
  • One participant did not consent

In the case of teenage couples, one participant could be charged with criminal lewd and lascivious behavior if they are 18 or over and the other participant is still under-aged. This means that the risk of being charged with sexual assault is very high for this age group. 

Crimes against a minor are often treated more severely than the same crime against an adult. Therefore, the punishment for lewd and lascivious behaviors can be harsh, involving up to 25 years in prison along with a hefty fine, depending on the sexual act and the age of the minor. There is absolutely no tolerance for crimes against children, so it can be incredibly difficult to bail for lewd and lascivious arrests. 

How a professional bail bond agency can help

The amount of the bail bond is set by the judge or your arrest warrant after careful consideration of:

  • The gravity of the crime, aka the sexual act performed
  • The age of the victim and the difference in age with the defendant
  • Whether it is a first offense or not
  • The victim's general health and condition
  • The defendant's involvement in the local community
  • The risk the release of the defendant might pose to the victim and their family

Lewd and lascivious behavior crimes could face a bail bond amount ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000. Understandably, it isn't the kind of money that everyone has got safely stored in a bank account. 

Can you ask for a reduced bail bond? The answer is yes, but it may not be granted. However, depending on circumstances and if the defendant's lawyer can reduce the charges through a thorough investigation of both parties involved, you may face a smaller bail bond amount. Yet, these options are not guaranteed. Therefore, if you wish to best defend yourself and prepare for trial, you will need to pay your bail bond rapidly. 

That's where a knowledgeable bail bond agent can make a difference. Working with an agency means that you will only have to pay a 10% premium on your bail bond.  

Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds promise

At Mr. Nice guy Bail Bonds, we appreciate that your arrest can be stressful and shocking. That's why we do everything we can to help with your bail bond:

  • Flexible payment plan
  • Lowest rates in California
  • Interest free financing
  • Whenever possible, we don't use collateral assets to back your payments
  • No need to worry about credit checks
  • You can easily pay your bail online or over the phone

We are available 24/7 by phone at our toll free number 844-400-BAIL. Additionally, we also have offices in different California counties, so we are able to help rapidly. 

We can also help you find a 7% premium whenever available with our surety company. You can rest assured that your lewd and lascivious behavior bail bond is in good hands with our team of experts. 

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