Indecent exposure is the deliberate exhibition of a person's private parts in a public place. While many believe indecent exposure to be a minor crime (often a misdemeanor) in California the penalties can be severe.
A conviction for indecent exposure will require registration as a sex offender which can have long lasting and damaging effects on your personal and professional life.
California Penal Code Section 314 sets forth the elements for this crime, each of which must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt:
Often people are charged without meeting the third requirement. This is where an experienced attorney can help get your charges dismissed.
If you have been charged with indecent exposure, hiring a competent attorney is your first step.
The help of a good lawyer is critical in limiting the damage that a criminal or DUI case can have on your family, your life and your livelihood. Of course a good lawyer can minimize the penalties such as jail, fines and license suspension or revocation.
David E. Jones is a former Deputy District Attorney and a highly skilled DUI/DWI and criminal defense lawyer with more than 20 years of experience helping clients who are facing State and Federal criminal charges.