Exposing certain parts of your body in public could lead to indecent exposure charges against you. The law considers your genitals as private parts of your body. It prohibits anyone from indecent exposure in public.
Typically, indecent exposure involves an attempt on behalf of the perpetrator to sexually insult or sexually arouse another party or parties. State laws regarding indecent exposure are different. Some states require proof that the indecent exposure was made for sexual gratification. However, if any physical contact is made during indecent exposure, the victim may press sexual assault charges.
Women who expose their breasts in public may not be charged with indecent exposure. This is because sometimes mothers breastfeed their child in public. Flashing your underwear at someone would also not be classified as indecent exposure.
Depending on the circumstances, those who are caught urinating in public can be charged with indecent exposure. But if it can be demonstrated that the act was not intended to evoke a sexually-related response, the accused may have an effective defense against the charge.
Sentencing for indecent exposure depends on the severity of the crime. Those found guilty of indecent exposure for the first time may only face misdemeanor penalty. But repeated offenses can result in felony charges and result in hefty fines and even jail time. The worst part of indecent exposure charges is that it can be converted to sexual offense charges.
Although indecent exposure does not sound like something serious, it can lead to severe consequences for the defendant. Especially if the charges pressed against the defendant are changed to a sexual offense. If you have been charged, it is important to hire an experienced attorney to oversee your case and come up with a defense strategy.