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Your Indecent Exposure Defense Lawyers
What is Indecent Exposure?
Penal Code §314 defines Indecent Exposure as a crime in which the defendant willfully exposes his or her genitals in a public place or in any place where other people are present who might be offended or annoyed by the defendant’s actions.
What must the prosecution prove to convict someone of Indecent Exposure?
In order to be found guilty of child molestation, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant:
1. Willfully exposed his genitals in the presence of another person or persons who might be offended or annoyed by the defendant’s actions
2. With the intent to direct public attention to his genitals for his or another person’s sexual gratification or with the intent to sexually offend another.
Those who have been arrested on charges of indecent exposure should contact criminal defense attorney right away. At My Criminal Defense, we realize the seriousness of the situation for those accused of sex-related offenses; the penalties you may face if convicted are harsh. As capable indecent exposure defense lawyers, we bring more than 27 years of experience, skill and knowledge to our clients, allowing us to build a strong and effective defense strategy.
The penalties you will face for indecent exposure will depend upon the circumstances, your criminal history and whether the offense is charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Whether you are innocent of the charges and have been falsely accused, or guilty, it is imperative that you have a trusted criminal defense lawyer on your side. Without skilled legal representation, you will likely face steep monetary fines, jail/prison time, a criminal record and the lifetime stigma of registering as a sex offender (PC §290)
What Are The Penalties You May Face If Convicted Of Indecent Exposure?
Generally, those convicted face up to 6 months in jail and fines of up to $1,000 for a first offense, depending upon where the crime was committed; a felony conviction subjects you to 16 months, 2, or 3 years in prison along with fines of up to $10,000. You will be charged with a felony offense if you have been charged with the crime previously, which means harsher penalties. Our indecent exposure defense lawyers understand how law enforcement and prosecutors work, which gives us a significant advantage in defending our clients’ rights and freedom.
What Are The Defenses To Indecent Exposure Charges?
First of all, a skilled lawyer knows that the prosecutor must prove your guilt; he/she must prove that you exposed your private parts intentionally, that you did so in an area that is public or where individuals who were likely to be annoyed were present, and that you exposed your private parts intentionally in order to arouse another individual or yourself, or to purposely offend others. As experienced criminal defense lawyers, we will challenge the evidence, investigate the charges against you, and determine the best defense strategy for your situation.
Often those accused of indecent exposure have been falsely accused, or insufficient evidence exists. Or, it may be a case of mistaken identity. Regardless of why you were arrested, it is urgent that you consult with a trusted Riverside indecent exposure defense attorney immediately.
Lack of Intent
The prosecution must prove that the accused intentionally in order to arouse another individual or yourself, or to purposely offend others. We present evidence that it was not your intent to expose yourself, or it was not your intent to arouse or offend. For example, sometimes people expose themselves briefly while changing clothes in public, or while urinating in public. In these cases, the prosecution will have a difficult time proving intent.
At My Criminal Defense, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible legal guidance and representation. If you or a loved one have been accused of or arrested on charges of indecent exposure, contact our office right away for a free consultation.