Public Indecency is often charged when people are caught urinating in public.
This page contains the specific statutory requirements which explain the charge of Public Indecency in Colorado. Our Colorado criminal lawyers specialize in sex crimes in Denver, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer, and Weld County, and throughout Colorado.
What is Public Indecency? (CRS 18-7-301)
Public Indecency is a crime that is committed most often by individuals becoming intimate in a public place. It is illegal in Denver to have sex in public, and charges of Public Indecency will be filed if police officers investigate reports of that nature.
Charges of Public Indecency could also arise when someone fondles or lewdly caresses another person in public. This statue is so vague that it could include smacking someone’s backside in a bar, to heavy petting / grinding in a club, to making out in public. It is often charged when a person is caught urinating in public. Peeing in a public place more than once can lead to more serious charges.
Similarity to Indecent Exposure
Indecent Exposure (CRS 18-7-302) may be considered a sex crime and is similar in many ways to the Colorado Public Indecency Statue. Denver police and district attorneys prefer to overcharge crimes so that they may seemingly “reduce” the charges and offer a plea deal. In reality, this is what the crime should have been charged as originally.
What is the Sentence for Public Indecency?
Public Indecency is not charged as a sex crime, but it is still considered a petty offense, which is subject to up to six months of jail time. That however, is for only the first conviction. After a second conviction it will be classified as a class 1 misdemeanor and a sex conviction.
Public Indecency Can Be a Sex Offense
Public Indecency (CRS 18-7-301) could be a serious charge and lead to a sex crime conviction. A crime that is considered a sex offense in Colorado would require the person convicted to register as a sex offender and obey harsh sex offender treatment rules set by the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB). Our Colorado criminal lawyers practicing in the Denver, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, or Douglas County area are experienced in fighting charges resulting from sex crimes and are your most important asset.