Legal Memorandum: Public Lewdness in NY

Issue: What constitutes Public Lewdness under New York law.

Area of Law: Criminal Law
Keywords: Public lewdness; Intentionally exposure of private or intimate parts of body; Public place
Jurisdiction: New York
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: McKinney's Penal Law § 245.00
Date: 04/01/2006

Applicable Statute—McKinney’s Penal Law § 245.00—Public lewdness


A person is guilty of public lewdness when he intentionally exposes the private or intimate parts of his body in a lewd manner or commits any other lewd act (a) in a public place, or (b) in private premises under circumstances in which he may readily be observed from either a public place or from other private premises, and with intent that he be so observed.

Public lewdness is a class B misdemeanor.


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