Pete Schulte, attorney for former WFAA anchor Brad Hawkins, isn’t talking to the media about the public lewdness charge his client faces after an incident last Monday night at Flagpole Hill Park near White Rock Lake. But I did manage to talk to some other criminal defense attorneys who frequently represent people charged with public lewdness.
I also talked to a representative from Southwest Airlines, Hawkins’ employer, who would only confirm that the company is aware of the charge and that Hawkins is still employed there. The Southwest representative wouldn’t say anything further, but I think this is a good sign for Hawkins. Since this is Hawkins’ first offense, even if he enters a plea to avoid a trial, he’s likely to receive 12-18 months probation and a deferred adjudication, according to the attorneys I spoke with. If Hawkins were to complete the probation successfully, the charges would be dropped and he could have them removed from his record.
But what about the other issues involved here? I’ve tried to address a few of them after the jump.