Indecent Exposure: When It Is Charged
Indecent Exposure – C.R.S. 18-7-302 is charged in Adams, Jefferson and Larimer County when a person “knowingly” exposes their genitals to another person when this action is likely to cause affront or alarm and the intent is to arouse or satisfy sexual desire. It is also charged when a person masturbates in view of another person when the action is likely to cause affront or alarm. This offense is similar to Public Indecency – C.R.S. 18-7-301. Public Indecency is charged when a person exposes themselves in public. Read a post about the minute differences between Public Indecency and Indecent Exposure.
The Difference in the Sentence: Felony vs. Misdemeanor
The difference between misdemeanor and felony indecent exposure is enormous. A conviction of the misdemeanor results in possible jail time for up to 18 months in a county jail. If a person is convicted of felony indecent exposure, they could face up to 18 months in prison and parole. Regardless of the severity of the sentence, a person who is convicted will be required to register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender treatment overseen by the harsh Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB). Registration is extremely limiting to a person's life. In some cases, sex offenders are completely banned from living in certain cities.
Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Lawyer
If you are charged with Indecent Exposure, it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you are convicted of this sex offense, you will have to register as a sex offender and go through the harsh treatment of the SOMB. There are many rules and restrictions surrounding registration. A conviction of a sex offense is also difficult to overcome in the future. It could be difficult to find a job or housing. Don't go to court alone. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your options and create a strong plan of defense.Request a Free Consultation
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