Indecent Exposure Charges in Murrieta
Understanding the Ramifications
Public indecency is an evolving concept. What was considered indecent fifty years ago could be considered a norm in today's modern society. There are nude beaches and pools that are considered risqué and many citizens participate in them. However, California still holds an "indecent exposure" law under Penal Code 314 to uphold a moral withstanding. This law has remained, for the most part, completely unchanged since 1872.
Indecent exposure can be charged to anyone who intentionally exposes themselves in a public area or an area where people are most likely to become offended. Most times, flashers and exhibitionists will expose themselves for their own sexual pleasure or to sexually insult the victims.
Indecent exposure specifically draws attention to the genitals and can either be done by exposing the whole body or just your "private parts".
Repercussions of Public Indecency
If you are found guilty of indecent exposure you could be facing an onslaught of negativity. Most indecent exposure cases are charged as misdemeanors and result in fines, up to six months of jail times and a court mandated order to register yourself as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
A felony indecent exposure charge can result in up to three years in prison as well as fines and life on a registered sex offender list. Charges for repeat offenders automatically result in a felony charge.
Registering as a sex offender is a common denominator for any indecent exposure charge. Sex crimes are taken very seriously in the state of California and registering as an offender can impact where you are allowed to live, where you are allowed to go and what jobs you are allowed to have.
Also, under Megan's Law, any sex offender can be found on a digital database. Private information such as your home address will be forever public record and accessible by anyone.
Why hire a criminal defense attorney?
Even if it is a humorous act, such as streaking at a game or flashing a passing train, you could be facing criminal charges and life as a registered offender. An attorney can help reduce charges, offer legal counsel and provide sound defense for your case.
How Can We Help?
If you have been arrested or charged with indecent exposure in Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Banning, Perris, Corona, Winchester or Riverside, the first step is to contact an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney. We are ready to help. Since 1999, our office has successfully represented various individuals facing indecent exposure charges.
We understand that besides the possible loss of your freedom, a conviction for an indecent charge can also have serious consequences for future employment opportunities. Don't jeopardize your future by hiring an inexperienced attorney because at the end of your case, you will get what you paid for.
Please call 951.666.2600 today for a free consultation with our lead Murrieta criminal lawyer.