What is Public Sexual Indecency?

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Public sexual indecency charges can result in fines, jail time and other penalties if a conviction is secured in your case. It is vital that you take all charges of sexual misconduct seriously because of the possible consequences including damage to your reputation and loss of future employment opportunities you may have otherwise been afforded.

Public Sexual Indecency Charges

Public sexual indecency charges can stem from a number of public acts. Public sexual indecency generally involves an actor intentionally or knowingly committing a sexual act that would be offensive to a reasonable person in the presence of another person. The following acts may fall into the public sexual indecency statute of your state:

  • An act involving sexual contact;
  • An act involving oral sexual contact;
  • An act of sexual intercourse;
  • An act of bestiality; or
  • Some other sexual act that would be considered indecent by a reasonable person.

Public sexual indecency can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the charges. If the act is committed in front of a minor, steeper penalties usually ensue.

Each state has different punishment schemes and its own unique criminal code. While there is usually some cross-over, you will need to consult local statutes to understand the details and ramifications of your charges. All or some of the following information may be applicable to your public sexual indecency charge:

  • Penalties can include jail time, probation, fines, mandated counseling and mandatory sexual offender registration.
  • Commission of a sex crime such as public sexual indecency can impair your opportunities for the rest of your life. You may be exposed to the public as a sex offender. You may be unable to secure certain type of employment, especially those jobs that involve interacting with children.
  • Some states revoke voting privileges for felony convictions. If your charges are felony charges, you may lose this and other state rights either temporarily or permanently.
  • Defenses may be available to you depending on the facts of your case. For example, you may argue that you did not intend or know that your act would be viewed by the alleged victim. An attorney can help you assess other defenses.

Getting Legal Help

If you are facing public sexual indecency charges, contact a criminal defense attorney in your jurisdiction to get help fighting your case. An attorney will help you by reviewing the law as it applies to your case, discussing your options and helping to preserve your rights. You can speak frankly with your attorney and trust that your discussions will be kept in confidence. 

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