Despite the embarrassing nature of this offense, it’s more common than you might think. But being arrested for it and brought before a court on something like this can be extremely humiliating.
Whether you are innocent of the charges against you or if you admit to exposing yourself and are unsure of how to handle it—we can help. A criminal defense attorney’s job is to represent your interests in court and ensure your constitutional rights are protected.
Having handled cases like this before, we know how you are feeling and will handle your case with the upmost professionalism, without passing judgment or making you feel any worse than you already do. If you are accused of exposing yourself, contact us today for a free consultation on your case. We can discuss your options and begin to formulate a defense strategy.
Indecent exposure is legally defined in California Penal Code Section 314. It is defined as exposing your private parts in public or anywhere that others may be offended or annoyed by such behavior. You can even face charges of indecent exposure if you discuss someone else’s intent to expose themselves, perhaps encouraging them or helping them find a place to do it.
Generally, indecent exposure is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 1 year in jail. But, if you commit indecent exposure in a home or inhabited part of any building, your sentence will be served in a state prison. It can be considered a sex offense, and there is a risk of sex offender related penalties.
Like many criminal charges, repeated offenses are punished more severely. If this isn’t your first charge of indecent exposure, the penalty is elevated. For a second offense, indecent exposure is charged as a felony offense and carries one year in prison.
When you hire someone to represent you, you want to be assured that your case will be handled with professionalism and dignity. This is your future on the line, after all. Contact our offices today to discuss how your case should be handled and how we might be able to help you on your day in court.