Open and gross lewdness and lascivious



Massachusetts General Law Chapter 272, Section 16 governs indecent exposure.  The law states as follows:



Section 16.  "A man or woman, married or unmarried, who is guilty of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than three years or in jail for not more than two years or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars."



This crime often involves the intentional public display of sex acts such as masturbation, sexual intercourse or public exposure of breasts, buttock or genitals. The law is designed to prevent exposure to the unwilling public, therefore any acts that one can expect a reasonable amount of privacy would not fall under this law.



The Penalty for this crime is up 3 years in state prison, or 2 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $300.  This is a more serious crime then indecent exposure.



Attorney at Law