Indecent Exposure Laws and Penalties

Michigan Compiled Law 750.335a defines Indecent Exposure as knowingly exposing your's or another’s genitals, buttocks, pubic area, or breasts (if female). If you are convicted, you are subject to a maximum $1000.00 in fines, court costs, and up to 1 year in jail.

If the accused has fondled any of these parts of his or her body while exposed, the the charge will be enhanced to Aggravated Indecent Exposure and the penalties increase to $2000 and 2 years in jail. And if the alleged perpetrator has been deemed “a sexually delinquent person” then he or she are facing a capital crime or a potential life sentence. There are exceptions for mothers that are breastfeeding.

Defenses Against an Indecent Exposure Charge

Indecent exposure is charged in a wide variety of situations and there are numerous legitimate defenses for a lawyer to defend your reputation and freedom. Nude or partially nude sunbathing, public urination, changing clothes outside, streaking or other dares can all lead to charges of indecent exposure if the acts are misconstrued. But to convict you of indecent exposure, the prosecutor must prove that there was a sexual intent to whatever actions were observed.

An Experienced Indecent Exposure Lawyer Can Help

In some cases, when the prosecutor’s evidence is very strong, a trial may not be a good option. But a criminal lawyer can still defend your rights, investigate the evidence against you, and look for opportunities to suppress that evidence or get the case dismissed. An experienced Indecent Exposure lawyer can also put the incident in context, along with other favorable factors in order to obtain a fair and favorable outcome for you.

A sex crime charge can ruin your reputation, harm your career, and may require you to register as a sex offender. To avoid unnecessarily harsh consequences, indecent exposure charges need to be taken seriously from the very beginning. In addition to statutory penalties, the social consequences of an indecent exposure or a public lewdness charge are too extreme to have anyone other than having an experienced lawyer on your side.

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