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Alcohol and Public Indecency Charges in Denver

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Apr 07, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learn more about the connection between Alcohol and Public Indecency charges in Colorado.
Spring break is a fun time for college students at Colorado State University, Denver University, and Colorado School of Mines. It's a time when you can relax from the constant strain of classes and study, and let loose. Unfortunately, letting loose often means drinking large amounts of alcohol. Whenever alcohol is involved, the chances of an arrest for illegal activity rise. For example, Public Indecency is charged whenever a person exposes themselves in public in Denver, Adams, or Jefferson County. When people's judgment is clouded from alcohol, they do things they wouldn't normally do. Let's take a closer look at the connection between alcohol and Public Indecency charges in the Denver area:

How is Someone Charged with Public Indecency?

Public Indecency – C.R.S. 18-7-301, is a class 1 petty offense in most cases. A person will be accused of Public Indecency if they have sex, lewdly expose an intimate body part (not including the genitals), or lewdly fondle or caress someone else in a public place. If a person knowingly exposes their genitals to another person with the intent to cause alarm, they will also face Public Indecency charges.

 – Some Examples of Public Indecency

It is easy to be charged with Public Indecency in Larimer, Douglas, or Arapahoe County. For example, a couple making out in the park could be charged because of their “lewd fondling.” Or, a student at Colorado University could be accused after peeing / urinating in an alley after a party.

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Alcohol and Public Indecency: A Close Connection

Alcohol clouds the judgment of even the wisest people. College students in Golden, Denver, and Fort Collins need to be careful of their actions if they are drinking during spring break. Group alcohol consumption often leads to wild behavior such as making out (Unlawful Sexual Contact), flashing fellow students (Indecent Exposure), streaking across football fields, and public urination. Don't let a week off of school at the University of Norther Colorado ruin your chances at a promising future. Even a petty offense or misdemeanor on your record is damaging. In some cases, a second conviction of Public Indecency results in a sex offense conviction, with the requirement to register as a sex offender and go through sex offender treatment. One week of wild behavior is not worth a lifetime of regret.

Request a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one or friend is facing accusations of Public Indecency after drinking too much and partying, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880, or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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