Although it is not typically considered a violent crime, Indecent Exposure is a sex crime that carries serious consequences upon conviction. Depending on where you were or who you were with when arrested, you could be charged with a felony, rather than the usual misdemeanor. For example, while Indecent Exposure will normally be a First Degree Misdemeanor, engaging in certain types of lewd behavior in the presence of minors under the age of 16 will result in a Felony prosecution.
What Constitutes Indecent Exposure?
Indecent exposure charges are inherently unclear, as it involves someone reporting that they merely saw something and nothing more.
In order for your alleged acts to be considered a Misdemeanor Indecent Exposure sex crime, the following “elements of the offense” would have to be proven in Court:
- You exposed your sexual organs
- Your exposure occurred in a public place, or was visible from a private location
- You intended to do such in a vulgar, indecent, lewd, or lascivious manner
- You actually did such in a vulgar, indecent, or lascivious manner.
You should be aware that the prosecution has been collecting evidence from the moment you were arrested to build a case against you. In order to challenge their claims, you need to start building a case of your own. Rather than trying to piece it together alone and risk major oversights, work with a criminal Defense Attorney with experience.
What are the Penalties for Indecent Exposure?
Regardless of the severity of the charges, you are likely to be facing punishment in the forms of:
- High fines
- Lengthy incarceration
- Community service
As with virtually any sex crime, Indecent Exposure types of activities committed under the fact pattern of Felony Lewd & Lascivious statutes will also require mandatory sexual offender registration. Oftentimes, this penalty will leave a longer-lasting negative impact on the convicted person’s life than anything else, as it bars them from various forms of employment and could also keep them from living in certain neighborhoods.
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