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Indecent Exposure: A Misdemeanor Which Requires Sex Offender Registration

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Feb 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learn more about the crime of Indecent Exposure in Colorado.
The crime of Indecent Exposure – C.R.S. 18-7-302 is a Colorado SOMB misdemeanor. This means if you are convicted, the most you would have to spend in jail is up to 18 months. Unfortunately, jail time is not the most serious consequence of a conviction. If someone is convicted of the crime of Indecent Exposure, they will be required to register as a sex offender in Denver, Adams, or Larimer County.

Examples of Indecent Exposure

Indecent Exposure is charged whenever a person exposes their genitals with the purpose of satisfying or arousing sexual desire, or commits an act (or simulated act) of masturbation in a public place. This offense is often charged in public, or in adult theaters in Denver, Aurora, and Centennial. This offense can also be charged when a person exposes themselves for the purpose of arousing or satisfying their sexual desire. Let's say a couple go out on a date. They drink a bit too much, and the guy decides to take it to the next level, so he exposes himself. His date is shocked, so she calls the police. He could be charged with the crime of Indecent Exposure in Jefferson, Douglas, or Arapahoe County.

A Serious Consequence: Sex Offender Registration

If someone is convicted of the crime of Indecent Exposure, they will be required to register as a sex offender in the jurisdiction where they live. The sex offender label is damaging to a person's life. A registered sex offender can have a difficult time finding a job, and will have a hard time finding housing. Some cities (such as Englewood), had laws which basically banned sex offenders from living within their limits (the Supreme Court ruled this unconstitutional, but the city plans to appeal the decision).  A registered sex offender will find many of his rights are taken away. Don't let a bad decision ruin your future – work with an experienced criminal lawyer who can fight to protect your rights.

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Don't Plead Guilty to the Crime of Indecent Exposure

If you have been accused of Indecent Exposure, don't plead guilty to avoid jail time. District Attorneys and the police often overcharge crimes in order to scare people into accepting plea deals. The crime of Indecent Exposure is similar to Public Indecency – C.R.S. 18-7-301, but Public Indecency doesn't require sex offender registration for a first-time conviction. If you have been charged, don't hesitate: Contact one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys to fight on your behalf. We have experience looking at cases and seeing what the DA actually can prove. Often, we are able to get your case dismissed, or work out a favorable plea deal. Don't let a mistake ruin your life – contact one of our skilled sex crimes attorneys for a free consultation.

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If you or a loved one has been accused of the crime of Indecent Exposure in Jackson, Boulder, or Washington County, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office 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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