The first thing you do is call a bail bondsman to post a bond. This will allow you to be out of custody to fight your case. You will be able to set up multiple attorney appointments and interview who might be best for your case.
How do I find the right bail bondsman for a PC647 charge?
Selecting the right bond company and bondsman can be very different for this kind of case and here is why. First off most people although they won’t admit it are very judgmental. The vast majority of bondsmen work for larger or corporate bond companies and have little power after they have sold the bond. This kind of case is very personal and will normally last a very long time. This means you will have a relationship with the bond company and what this relationship is can be very important to the outcome of your case!
What is important to consider when selecting a bail bondsman?
Some of the things to consider would be: Is the person on the phone an owner or sales agent? What is the cost of the bond? Are there any additional fees, interest, posting fees? If charges are added and the bond goes up will the bondsman give credit for amount already paid or will you be forced to pay for an entirely new bond? What happens if the DA files after the arraignment plus 15 days? Will they reassume the bond or tell you sorry you need a new bond? (This happens a lot in PC647 and PC288 cases)
Are all calls and communication with an inmate in jail private?
Remember that when speaking to any inmate in jail that every conversation is recorded. As much as you may want to hear what happened you must not ask them over the phone. It is best to post a bail bond and save this conversation for privacy after they are bailed out.
What is PC647(a)?
You are charged with California Penal Code 647(a) when you engage in lewd or dissolute conduct in any public place, or you solicit someone else to do so. Lewd conduct is defined as touching your or another’s private parts for the purpose of sexual gratification, or to annoy or offend someone else. Private parts refer to the genitals, the buttocks, or a female breast.
What are the Penalties for California Lewd Conduct in Public?
Violation of Penal Code 647(a) is a misdemeanor. It is punishable by up to 6 months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Currently, a conviction for lewd conduct in public does not require registration as a sex offender. However, prosecutors often charge it together with Penal Code 314 “indecent exposure” which does trigger lifetime sex offender registration. Most California Penal Code 647(a) lewd conduct arrests involve undercover sting operations. Decoy police officers pose as gay men in bathrooms, parks and adult bookstores. These undercover cops try to “bait” you into sexual behavior. When you expose yourself, masturbate, or propose some sexual act, they arrest you. It often amounts to very clear cases of police entrapment.