If you have been charged with Indecent Exposure, or you have questions about how being represented by an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney can make sure your rights stay protected at all times, contact Burges McCowan ASAP for a free consultation.
It is of the utmost importance to stay informed about anything that falls under the umbrella of “Sex Crimes”, especially in Arizona, since penalties you could face are among the harshest in the nation. And with a Sex Crime, the repercussions could last long after you have served your sentence. Many crimes mandate registering as a Sex Offender, leading to public stigma. Excellent representation ensures you have someone on your side, and can help lessen the lasting impact on your life.
What is considered Indecent Exposure?
Indecent exposure is when you expose your genitals, anus, or the nipple/areola of your breast while in a public place. Basically, any part of you that should be covered by your underwear or bra that is uncovered in public can be grounds for a charge of Indecent Exposure. This is done in a way that is reckless as to whether anyone would be offended by seeing your body. It is important to note that this does NOT include breastfeeding. A common occurrence of Indecent Exposure is urinating in public.
What are the penalties for Indecent Exposure?
If the person who witnessed the exposure was fifteen years old or older, it is considered a misdemeanor under Arizona law. But, if the victim was under the age of fifteen, this will be charged as a class 6 felony, and subject to harsher penalties. It is also a class 6 felony if the accused has prior sex crime convictions.
Penalties for a misdemeanor Indecent Exposure offense can include:
- Probation of up to 3 years
- Jail time of 0 to 180 days
- Fines of $2500
- Classes and counseling.
Penalties for a felony Indecent Exposure offense can include:
- Jail time of 0 to 365 days
- Fines, probation, classes, and counseling
- Prison time of 4 months to 2 years for a first offense
- With prior convictions, the accused could be looking at up to fifteen years in prison
What should you do if you are charged with Indecent Exposure?
The very first thing you should do is exercise your right to remain silent. Whatever you say can be twisted and will be used against you. While some people think that asking to speak to their lawyer makes them look guilty, that is not true at all. Asking for your lawyer will immediately end the interrogation and make sure that your rights are upheld.
It is also very important when charged with any crime that is sexual in nature that you do NOT talk to your accuser. It can be tempting to explain your side of the story, but your words can be recorded and used against you. Instead, make sure you hire an experienced, assertive Sex Crimes Lawyer as soon as possible. Having someone on your side can make a world of difference, and let you get back to your life as quickly as possible. Make sure you have help navigating the complex legal system. Contact Arizona Sex Crimes Attorney Burges McCowan for a free consultation, and learn how you can get your best possible defense.