Indecent exposure can be generally defined as any deliberate public act of a sexual nature that is both defined and prohibited by state and local law. Despite many people’s impression that a charge of indecent exposure is a relatively minor criminal offense, a conviction on this charge can have a dramatic impact on your life. These long-term consequences are so severe that you will need an experienced indecent exposure criminal defense attorney to prepare the best defense possible.
Indecent Exposure and the State of Texas
The State of Texas defines indecent exposure to have occurred when (1) the accused deliberately exposes the anus, or any part of the genitals, with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person (including themselves) and (2) in doing so, is reckless as to the presence of another who will be offended or alarmed by this deliberate act. Examples of conduct that the courts have held to be indecent exposure include:
- “Mooning,” or deliberately exposing one’s buttocks in a public place
- Exposing ones genitals in a public place, whether to an individual or to a group
- Sunbathing during which female breasts are exposed
- Urinating in public, even if it was without the knowledge that another could be watching
Possible Penalties for a Conviction of Indecent Exposure
In Texas, a conviction for indecent exposure is punished as a Class B misdemeanor and may result in a sentence that could include:
- Incarceration in a local jail or state prison for up to 180 days
- A fine of up to $2,000
- Some combination of fine and/or imprisonment
- Mandatory counseling as a sex offender
- Registration with local law enforcement agencies
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In addition to the above-listed potential penalties, a conviction for indecent exposure will result in a permanent criminal record that will be available to anyone conducting a pre-employment background check or a credit history investigation. Since having such a criminal history will have consequences that could last far beyond the course of any court-imposed sentence, it is vital to hire an attorney that is experienced in handling such cases. The criminal defense attorneys at Madrid Law are experienced at handling indecent exposure cases in and around Houston, TX.
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The experienced criminal defense lawyers of Madrid Law are dedicated to the belief that anyone who is accused of indecent exposure is entitled to the full protection of their civil and judicial rights as set forth under local, state and federal law.
If you have been charged with indecent exposure a free consultation and case review with Madrid Law is your first step toward assuring that you will receive the best possible defense.