In lewd conduct sting operations, police target, entrap and arrest gay men often for merely cruising in public.

Most California Penal Code 647(a) “Lewd Conduct in Public” arrests involve undercover sting operations. Decoy police officers pose as gay men in bathrooms, parks and other public locations. These undercover cops will try to “bait” you into exposing yourself, masturbating, or proposing some sexual act. Then they arrest you. It’s pure entrapment.

Our California criminal defense lawyers have successfully defended hundreds of PC 647(a) Lewd Conduct entrapment cases. Almost every one of them has gotten dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge. We handle these cases throughout the state, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County, Fullerton, Glendale, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Much of the time, the alleged acts do not amount to “lewd or dissolute conduct” as the law defines it. In fact, quite often the arrested person does nothing but make eye contact and “cruise” the decoy officer…but the police lie, embellish and exaggerate the facts to make it look like something more than that happened. It’s wrong. But it happens all the time. You can fight back…

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