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Penalties for Indecent Exposure in 2022 | Colorado Criminal Defense

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Apr 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Exposing your private parts with some type of sexual intent is considered indecent exposure throughout Denver, Aurora, and Lakewood. To be found guilty, the act must be done in a situation likely to alarm someone. Masturbating in one's vehicle and pranks gone wrong are common scenarios we see as Colorado criminal defense attorneys. While most indecent exposure cases are still a class 1 misdemeanor, the penalties for a conviction have recently changed. If you or someone you know has been accused of indecent exposure, exercise your right to remain silent if contacted by police and contact Sawyer Legal Group for a free, confidential consultation.

What Does Indecent Exposure Mean in Denver?

Colorado law prohibits genital exposure with sexual intent. CRS 18-7-302 defines acts of indecent exposure in Arapahoe, Denver, and Jefferson County. Law enforcement will pursue charges if they believe you:

  • knowingly exposed your genitals,
    • in view of another person,
    • in a circumstance that could cause affront or alarm,
    • intending to satisfy someone's sexual desire

Some defendants get confused with the intent to satisfy desire element. This can be the sexual desire of the person exposing themselves or masturbating, someone they're connected with who wants them to do this, or both. Intent, location, and who is around are critical factors when it comes to indecent exposure in Colorado.

Penalties for Indecent Exposure in 2022

While indecent exposure remains a class 1 misdemeanor in most situations, the potential jail sentence and fine amounts have recently been reduced. Offenses occurring after March 1st, 2022 can now lead to:

A conviction can also result in sex offender treatment and some specific terms of probation. Defendants with 2 prior convictions for similar offenses are charged with a class 6 felony, potentially leading to a prison sentence and significantly higher fine amounts.

Best Attorney for Indecent Exposure Allegations

When accusations of indecent exposure or public indecency are looming, contacting a skilled criminal lawyer from Sawyer Legal Group is critical. Law enforcement will often try to get a confession from someone by asking several targeted questions. Don't entertain their questions. Instead, exercise your right to remain silent and speak to an attorney. Perhaps you didn't intend to expose yourself, genitals didn't come into view, or you're being falsely accused. We offer affordable fees and flexible payment plans for the accused throughout Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, and Centennial.

Don't talk to police about indecent exposure charges – talk to us. 303-830-0880

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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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