In Denver and Arapahoe County, Public Indecency, C.R.S. 18-7-301, is charged under many circumstances. In some cases, people can also face charges of Indecent Exposure, C.R.S. 18-7-302, which is closely related to Public Indecency. It is always best to work with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney from the O'Malley Law Office if facing charges of Public Indecency in Colorado.
Public Indecency Attorney in Douglas County: Elements of Public Indecency Charges
Public Indecency is commonly charged in Douglas County when these elements are present:
- Someone is lewdly exposing an intimate part of their body (other than their genitals) with intent to arouse or satisfy sexual desire
- Someone is engaging in an act of sexual intercourse in public
- Someone is doing a lewd fondling or caress of the body of another person
- Someone is knowingly exposing their genitals to the view of another where likely to cause affront or alarm.
There is no definition of “lewd” in the Public Indecency statute, so it is up to a criminal defense lawyer to guess its meaning, which is never a good thing. Suffice to say, soccer momns on your jury won't give you the benefit of the doubt for sexual acts done in public in Castle Rock.
Penalty of Public Indecency Charges in Jefferson County
Public Indecency is normally a petty offense in Jefferson County on your first offense, but it can become a class 1 misdemeanor and sexual offense under more serious circumstances. Once it becomes a sexual offense, you will be required to register as a sex offender. Also, you will be required to complete the draconian Sex Offender Management Board treatment program. Public Indecency is closely related to and defined similarly to Indecent Exposure. Indecent Exposure is an automatic sexual offense, which cannot be sealed. So, it is best to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the fine line distinction between Public Indecency and Indecent Exposure, and will work to protect your future.Request a Free Consultation