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Whenever a person is accused of exposing themselves or touching themselves inappropriately in public, it can quickly lead to Indecent Exposure charges or Public Indecency charges. In one recent news story, a former wide receiver on a college football team is accused of exposing and touching himself in front of two different tutors. The wide receiver admitted to the inappropriate touching and exposing, but claimed he was dealing with a bad case of “jock itch”. Depending on what the wide receiver's intent behind the exposure and touching was, he could either face charges of Indecent Exposure or Public Indecency in Denver and Douglas County. If you are facing charges of Indecent Exposure in Colorado, contact a Denver and Douglas County Indecent Exposure lawyer from the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880.
How is Indecent Exposure Charged in Adams County and Jefferson County?
In Adams County and Jefferson County, Indecent Exposure, C.R.S. 18-7-302, is either charged when a person exposes their genitals in front of another person (causing alarm) to arouse or satisfy that person's sexual desire, or when a person masturbates in front of another person, causing alarm. For the wide receiver to face charges of Indecent Exposure, prosecutors must prove he had sexual intent behind exposing his genitals to the two tutors. If no sexual intent was involved in exposing his genitals, Public Indecency, C.R.S. 18-7-301 is a more appropriate charge.
Indecent Exposure Too Frequently Charged in Arapahoe County
Under many circumstances, Arapahoe County District Attorneys file Indecent Exposure charges too frequently, even when someone had no sexual intent behind exposing their genitals. Police often assume sexual arousal or gratification is the motive in every case where a person is accused of exposing themselves. Too often, urinating in public, streaking or accidentally exposing skin through loose clothing gets people charged with Indecent Exposure, leading to crippling outcomes such as lengthy jail time and sex offender registration. In many cases where a person is charged with Indecent Exposure, they really should have been charged with Public Indecency. Unlike Indecent Exposure, Public Indecency is not a sexual offense requiring sex offender registration and treatment.
Denver and Douglas County Indecent Exposure Lawyer: Call Us at 303-830-0880!
It is always best to consult a Denver and Douglas County Indecent Exposure lawyer from the O'Malley Law Office if facing charges of Indecent Exposure or Public Indecency. Our criminal defense lawyers understand the differences between these two crimes and have often had success getting charges reduced or dismissed altogether. In some cases, we can work out favorable plea bargain deals or keep you from having to register as a sex offender.