Accused of Indecent Exposure in Los Angeles?
While some people may find it funny, indecent exposure is no laughing matter. In fact, indecent exposure is considered a serious sex crime in California that not only comes with jail time but also lifetime sex registration.
No matter what the behavior was that resulted in the arrest or the charges being filed, every person has a right to defend themselves. You want the lawyers at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners in your corner to fight your Indecent Exposure charges.
What is Indecent Exposure?
Indecent exposure is the willful exposing of the private parts of a person for purposes of sexual gratification under circumstances where someone could be offended or annoyed.
Behavior that can lead to indecent exposure charges include:
- A man walks out of the dressing room with a polo shirt and no underwear. He walks around and stands in front of the store’s mirror.
- A man parks his car near an all-girls school with an open passenger door. He sits in the driver’s seat and masturbates.
- A young teenage boy runs naked in front of the local church as the parishioners exit the church.
Penalties and Sentencing
Indecent exposure is charged as a misdemeanor for first-time offenders and is punishable by up to six (6) months in county jail, fines and lifetime sex registration. Felony indecent exposure is charged when the accused has a prior indecent exposure conviction or a conviction for lewd & lascivious acts with a minor (Penal Code 288, commonly referred to as Child Molestation / Child Abuse). It is punishable by up to 16 months to 3 years in county jail along with lifetime sex registration.
If the indecent exposure was committed in an inhabited dwelling house, trailer coach, or inhabited portion of any building when entry was made without consent it is considered “aggravated” indecent exposure and can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony. The misdemeanor carries a punishment of up to one (1) year in county jail and lifelong sex registration. The felony is punishable by 16 months to 3 years in county jail along with lifetime sex registration and up to a $10,000 fine.
Aggressively Representing Los Angelenos
The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners understand the stress and confusion associated with a charge for indecent exposure. Call us to confidentially discuss your legal situation and learn what legal options are available to you. Don’t plead guilty of indecent exposure without first consulting with Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners.
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