Indecent exposure is a crime that is defined as exposing one’s genitals or socially deemed “private parts” (such as behind or breasts) in a public place where others are present and may witness the act. A person who commits indecent exposure does so intentionally with an understanding that his/her conduct will likely alarm and offend others. Indecent exposure is often performed for the offender’s personal sexual excitement or satisfaction, though in some cases it is a form of social rebellion.
The definition of indecent exposure has changed throughout time and place, as what is considered indecent is often socially defined. Many lawmakers have had difficulty creating and implementing laws which are founded on social and cultural mores. Indecent exposure can have varying effects depending on its intent and context. Despite this variance, many laws will prosecute those charged with indecent exposure the same.
There are, however, some aggravating factors that may increase the severity of an indecent exposure charge. Indecent exposure is typically charged as a misdemeanor offense, which is less serious than a felony. A person who commits indecent exposure in the presence of a minor may face harsher penalties for their criminal offense. Other specific circumstances may also enhance the punishment for indecent exposure.
An indecent exposure charge can have devastating effects on those accused. Indecent exposure carries a significant social stigma and may adversely affect a convicted offender for years to come. An indecent exposure conviction may prevent an offender from gaining or maintaining employment. In some cases an indecent exposure conviction can even require that an offender register as a sex offender in a national database for years to a lifetime.
There are current indecent exposure laws that are being considered on the federal level. These indecent exposure laws would increase the penalties for indecent exposure and mandate that those convicted of this crime be immediately added to the sex offender registry.
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The combination of state law discrepancies and the drastic potential legal ramifications of indecent exposure necessitate the need for professional legal help when charged with an indecent exposure offence. If you would like to learn more about indecent exposure laws in your area, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced attorney who can evaluate your case to determine how best to protect your legal interests.
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Related News Stories – Indecent Exposure Arrests
The incident is said to have happened in Llay near Wrexham on Sunday. A local woman was walking her dog in Alyn Waters when a man allegedly indecently exposed himself. The man remains in police custody at this time.ITV - Oct 11 2016
Around 9:30 a.m., officers located Isaiah Diaz in San Mateo and arrested him on suspicion of indecent exposure. Police had been seeking Diaz for more than a month after in connection to the indecent exposure incidents. The first incident occurred on Sept.KTVU Station - Oct 15 2016
A 52-year-old man is facing a number of charges after allegedly flashing a woman in Blenheim while she was sitting on her porch earlier this summer. Police say the woman contacted police after the man exposed himself to her on August 30. Officers say they ...4 - Oct 07 2016
ENID, Okla. — A 23-year-old Enid man was arrested Tuesday on a felony complaint of indecent exposure after allegedly exposing himself to four children. Justin Derrell Cowan was taken into custody following an interview with Enid Police Department ...Enid News - Oct 12 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) A former Colorado College student was taken into custody throwing things and yelling profanities Tuesday morning. Police say Henry Cohen was wanted for criminal mischief and exposing himself on campus Monday. Medical ...KKTV - Oct 12 2016