Under Massachusetts Law, it is a criminal offense to commit open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior in the presence of another person. This crime is considered a felony offense and is punishable by state prison for not more than 3 years or jail not more than two years and a fine of up to $300. Being charged with felony open and gross behavior is a serious matter. Given the consequences of being convicted of this felony crime, it is often in the accused’s best interests to speak with an experienced Boston Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.  If you are facing Open & Gross Lewdness charges, contact our office to schedule your free of charge initial consultation.

At our firm, located in Cambridge, MA, we will work tirelessly to gather and evaluate all of the evidence that the prosecuting district attorney plans to offer at trial. In addition, we will thoroughly explore the possibility of resolving the case prior to trial by filing motions or negotiating an acceptable plea agreement when appropriate. If your case cannot be resolved through motion practice or a plea agreement, our firm will aggressively advocate on your behalf on the day of trial.

In order to be convicted of Open & Gross Lewdness in Massachusetts, the prosecutor must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. That the defendant exposed himself or herself to one or more persons;
  2. That the defendant did so intentionally;
  3. That the defendant did so “openly”;
  4. That the defendant’s act produced shock or harm; and
  5. That one or more persons were in fact shocked or alarmed by the exposure.

If the prosecution is able to prove the above elements and you are convicted of this offense the punishment is severe and may face a jail or prison sentence in addition to fines. Thus, it is very important to retain an attorney who is well versed in the law as it relates to Open & Gross charges in MA.

Boston Criminal Defense Attorney


At our firm, we understand that a felony charge has the potential to seriously harm an individual’s life. We will carefully analyze your case and will develop a well-crafted defense strategy in order to achieve the best result possible. We will fully explain your legal rights and will be by your side throughout the entire criminal process. Whether you have an upcoming criminal clerk magistrate’s hearing on the criminal complaint, an arraignment, a pre-trial or any other court date, our firm is available to represent you on short notice.

If you or a loved one has been charged with Open & Gross Lewdness in Massachusetts, contact our office today to speak with and experienced and dedicated Boston Open & Gross Lewdness Defense Attorney. We are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact Us by phone or online anytime. Furthermore, all initial consultations with an attorney are always free of charge.

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