Known as “flashing” today, even though indecent exposure (the open exposure of one’s backside, genitalia or breasts) may seem innocent to some, it can result in fines, a prison sentence, and in some instances, may require one to register as a sex offender. Other acts that constitute indecent exposure include masturbating in public and having intercourse in public view. You might be surprised about what could land you with an indecent exposure charge:
- Mooning someone
- Urinating in public
- Having sex in a bathroom stall (if caught)
- Walking around naked in your home (if your blinds are open)
This charge is extremely embarrassing and is often filed after someone commits a seemingly innocent action, but an alleged victim takes offense. What is a legal definition of what constitutes indecent exposure? Indecent exposure is motivated by the sexual gratification of the perpetrator and is committed to entice a sexual response from the viewer. It is considered lewd conduct with the intent being to sexually shock, arouse or offend someone. Indecent exposure is often prosecuted in conjunction with the crime of open or gross lewdness. To avoid the penalties for these crimes, get in touch with my firm as soon as you can. As a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer with over a decade of experience, you can trust that I will provide the best possible legal defense.
PENALTIES YOU COULD FACE
If you are convicted of indecent exposure in Nevada, for a first offense it is considered a gross misdemeanor. You will face up to one year in prison, up to a $2,000 fine and possible sex offender registration.
If you are facing a subsequent charge, this is a category D felony. If convicted of this crime, you could face from one to four years in state prison, a fine up to $5,000, and possible sex offender registration. The penalties for ‘open or gross lewdness’ charges in Nevada are the same as those pertaining to indecent exposure. To ensure that you have a tough legal defender behind you, contact Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer, Gregory D. Knapp, ESQ.
DEFENSES AVAILABLE FOR YOU
If you were charges with this crime, there are defenses available to you. Were you at a nude beach? Did you expose yourself, but not in a sexual nature (did you experience a wardrobe malfunction)? Were you unaware that others were around you? Breastfeeding is exempt from prosecution.
Perhaps there is not enough evidence, you were misidentified, the witnesses are not credible, or you were falsely accused. Regardless, these are all aspects that I can explore and I will do everything within my power to craft the strongest defense for you so that your charges are dismissed or reduced.
Judges do consider the circumstances surrounding your case. If you stripped in public you will likely face much harsher consequences than if you were walking around naked in your home and your window was open. In some instances, the prosecution will willingly reduce the offense to a non-sex offense. Commonly, an indecent exposure charge can be reduced to a “breach of peace” charge which is a misdemeanor resulting in up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
Or possibly you have a mental condition and simply need help. “Paraphilias refers to the involuntary and repeated needs for unusual or bizarre imagery, acts or objects to induce sexual excitement.” In this instance, you should seek medical help and I can help prove that you are not to blame for the action you committed.
When you need aggressive legal representation on your side, contact my office! I, Gregory D. Knapp, ESQ have extensive courtroom experience, more than 16 years of legal experience and as a former prosecutor, I will be able to anticipate and dismantle the arguments that will be brought against you. Don’t take an indecent exposure charge lightly, if convicted, you could be forced to register as a sex offender and this can adversely affect you and your family for years to come. Protect your livelihood, reputation and future by calling me at (702) 930-5881 and scheduling your free consultation today!