Indecent exposure is the act of someone willingly exposing their sexual organs in a public or even private setting. This act can sometimes be considered a felony offense with very serious penalties. The most common areas of exposure that fall under this crime include the genital areas, buttocks, and female breasts. However, there are some cases where public nudity or indecent exposure is not considered illegal, such as on nude beaches and other areas in certain jurisdictions.
In many cases, indecent exposure could result in jail time or financial penalties. If you believe you have been wrongly charged with indecent exposure, contact the criminal defense lawyers.
Types of Indecent Exposure
The penalties for indecent exposure generally depend on your jurisdiction and whether or not it is your first charge. The financial consequences of conviction range from $200-$20,000 with jail time ranging from less than a year to 10 years. The most common types of indecent exposure include:
- Exposing or flashing genitalia
- Lascivious acts such as intercourse
There are certain exceptions to indecent exposure laws. Since 1999, women are legally allowed to breastfeed in public without any consequences or penalties. However, even though many people expose themselves for humor or a joke, it is important to remember it is still a serious offense.