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Pennsylvania law makes indecent exposure a criminal offense. Unfortunately, people can be charged with this after a misunderstanding, an accident or even a simple mistake. It is important to understand the charges and know what you are facing because sexually-based offenses can have serious repercussions, even if the charge is a misdemeanor.
Sex crimes are heavily prosecuted and can carry steep penalties. You could face jail time, expensive penalties and the burden of a criminal record. A conviction could change the course of your life. A West Chester sex crime defense lawyer can help you get a favorable outcome in your case.
If you are facing charges for exposing yourself in public, contact a Chester County indecent exposure defense lawyer at the Skinner Law Firm. Michael J. Skinner and his legal team understand the sensitivity of your situation, and they can examine the facts of your case to help you fight the charges.
Skinner Law Firm represents clients throughout West Chester and the surrounding areas, including other cities in Chester County, Lancaster County, Montgomery County and Delaware County. Call (610) 436-1410 to schedule a free consultation and begin building a strong defense.
A person commits indecent exposure if that person exposes his or her genitals in any public place or in any place where there are other people under circumstances in which he or she knows or should know that this conduct is likely to offend, affront or alarm, according to Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Title 18 § 3127.
For example, if a person exposes his or her genitals while standing on a crowded sidewalk, the person could be charged with indecent exposure. A prosecutor could argue he or she knew the conduct likely would offend someone, but did it regardless.
Possible scenarios that could lead to indecent exposure charges include:
This law, however, does not include mothers who are breastfeeding their children. Several states, including Pennsylvania, allow mothers to breastfeed in public without a penalty. Breastfeeding may not be considered a nuisance, obscenity or indecent exposure under this law, according to Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Title 35 § 636.1.
In Pennsylvania, indecent exposure generally is a second-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to two years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both. However, if the offender exposes himself or herself to younger than 16, it could be considered a first-degree misdemeanor. This could mean up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.
Although being charged with a sex crime can be overwhelming, there may be defenses to your case. Some defenses may not be applicable to certain situations, but a West Chester indecent exposure defense attorney can examine your case and determine what approach would be best. Some possible defenses include:
If you are charged with indecent exposure, contact a sex crime defense lawyer at the Skinner Law Firm. Michael J. Skinner and his legal team can help you through this sensitive situation and fight to have the charges reduced or dropped. Your reputation and future are important. Call (610) 436-1410 today.