It can be easy to be charged with Public Indecency (C.R.S. 18-7-301) in Denver, Arapahoe and Jefferson County. Not only does Colorado statute prohibit public indecency, many municipalities such as Littleton, Aurora and Centennial have ordinance which prohibit it as well. Over-vigilant and paranoid neighbors can also accuse you of public indecency which can result in a battle in court.
Public Indecency – Be Careful In Your Own Home
Just because you’re in your own home doesn’t mean you’re safe from prying eyes. If you step out of your shower and forget to close your window shades, a neighbor could see you and be offended. You could be facing charges of indecent exposure or public indecency in Adams, Douglas and Larimer County. Have you ever been out in the middle of nowhere and have to use the restroom so badly you peed in a public place? Being charged with public indecency can not only be embarrassing, but dangerous to your future.
Ignorance Is Sometimes Bliss
You may say you didn’t know the window shade was up when you stepped out of the shower, or when you changed clothes in your room. In some cases, the government must prove that you “knowingly” exposed yourself. In other instances, all the government needs to prove is a “lewd exposure of an intimate part.” This second scenario is called strict liability, where police only need to establish that the exposure occurred. In the first instance, “knowingly” is the men’s mindset, and police will need to show the exposure was on purpose. A jury will ultimately decide the facts depending on how someone is charged – either with the strict liability or the “knowing” version of public indecency.
Why You Need to Work with an Experienced Criminal Lawyer
You need to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with public indecency in Denver. In many cases, two convictions of this offense means you will be charged with a sex offense. This requires you to register as a sex offender. This greatly reduces your freedoms and rights. Don’t stand alone in court. Contact one of our experienced lawyers who can fight for your future.