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Public Indecency Doesn’t Usually Require Sex Offender Registration

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Feb 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Charged with Public Indecency in Colorado? Contact a lawyer at the O'Malley Law Office.
If you have been charged with Public Indecency – C.R.S. 18-7-301, in Jefferson, Larimer, or Douglas County, you most likely have a lot of questions which haven't been answered, such as whether or not you will have to register as a sex offender. You have come to the right place. The criminal defense attorneys at our office have over 20 years of experience fighting for the justice of our clients in sex offense cases throughout Colorado. If you have been charged with Public Indecency, we will walk you through the process and help you to understand what lies ahead.

What is Public Indecency?

People are most often charged with Public Indecency after they are caught peeing in public in Denver, Adams, or Arapahoe County. You can also be charged for having consensual sex in a place where it can be reasonably “expected to be viewed by members of the public.” Whether you have been falsely accused, or made a simple mistake, you deserve to work with an attorney who understands your situation and the steps which need to be taken for your defense.

Public Indecency is Either a Petty Offense or Class One Misdemeanor

In Denver, Aurora, and Centennial, Public Indecency is a class 1 petty offense. If you are convicted of a class 1 petty offense, you could be looking at up to 6 months in jail and at most, a $500 fine. You would not be required to register as a sex offender. If you have multiple convictions of Public Indecency for a “knowing exposure” of your genitals to the “view of another person under circumstances in which such conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to the other person”, then you could be charged with the more serious class 1 misdemeanor. If this is the case, you could spend up to 18 months in jail and up to $5,000 in fines. The most serious consequence, however, is that you would be required to register as a sex offender. The sex offender registration laws are harsh and difficult to follow. Being a registered sex offender can cause you many problems in the future. You could have difficulty finding a job, could lose your job, or could have a hard time finding a place to live. If you have a prior conviction of Public Indecency and have been charged with a second offense, it is vital to your future that you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can defend you in court.

You Need a Good Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Defense

If you are like most people, you are most concerned with avoiding jail time. As skilled criminal defense lawyers in the Denver metro area, we have many strategies to fight the government and help you avoid jail time. We will fight hard against the District Attorney in your case to get you the best possible outcome.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with Public Indecency, 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.

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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