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Exposing yourself inappropriately in public is considered a criminal offense under California indecent exposure laws. Not only does this sex crime result in jail time and fines, but also registration as a sex offender in the state. If you were arrested and charged with indecent exposure, it is imperative to retain experienced legal assistance from a skilled lawyer.
At Wilfert Law, PC, we are ready to do whatever it takes to get the results you desire. With more than a decade of legal experience, our Ventura criminal defense lawyer has a thorough understanding of California law to help you navigate through the complexities of your case.
Overview of CA Indecent Exposure Laws
As mentioned above, the prosecution must prove that the defendant willfully exposed his or her private parts. Furthermore, the defendant must have intended to act for a lewd or obscene purpose – whether to direct attention to his or her genitals or to achieve sexual arousal or gratification – in a public area.
A first offense for indecent exposure may result in a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a maximum county jail sentence of six months and one year, as well as a fine of up to $1,000. A second-time or subsequent conviction for indecent exposure is considered a felony, punishable by 16 months, two or three years in county jail, a fine of up to $10,000, and registration with the state sex offender registry.
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