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The Man in Pink High Heels: Public Indecency Charges in Colorado

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Jun 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

A man could be charged with Public Indecency for running around in nothing but a turban and pink high heels.
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It's not often you hear about a man brave enough to walk in women's heels, let alone run in them. A news story I read today told of a man running around in nothing but a turban and pink high heels, then hiding behind a tree. There, he attempted to put on a pair of women's underwear. If this man was caught in Adams, Arapahoe County, or anywhere else in Colorado, he could face charges of Public Indecency.

What is Public Indecency in Denver?

The definition of Public Indecency, C.R.S 18-7-301 is:

Any person who performs any of the following in a public place where the conduct may reasonably be expected to be viewed by members of the public commits public indecency:

  • An act of sexual intercourse; or
  • A lewd exposure of an intimate part of the body, not including the genitals, with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of any person; or
  • A lewd fondling or caress of the body of another person; or
  • A knowing exposure of the person's genitals to the view of a person where such conduct causes affront or alarm.

Public Indecency is normally a class 1 petty offense, which is subject to up to 6 months in jail. However, in cases where someone knowingly exposes his or her genitals to the view of another person to cause alarm, someone could face a class 1 misdemeanor charge. This man was found running around in just a turban and high heels, so he was naked. And, it is likely that he knew his genitals were exposed, so it's possible that he would face a class 1 misdemeanor charge. He could also face a class 1 misdemeanor charge if he committed this crime once before, or if he committed a comparable offense to Public Indecency in another state. A class 1 misdemeanor charge could result in 6-18 months in the Jefferson County Jail.

Why You Need the Best Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers

If someone is convicted of Public Indecency the first time, it is not charged as a sex crime. If someone is convicted of Public Indecency a second or third time, it is seen as a sex conviction. This means that the person convicted would have to register as a sex offender and obey the harsh sex offender treatment rules of the Sex Offender Management Board. Many times, people are not aware of how their public actions can lead to more serious charges. For example, urinating in public is an act that people think is harmless, but it can lead to harmful consequences. It's important to have the best criminal defense attorneys involved in your case as soon as possible if convicted of Public Indecency. The specialized lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office have been practicing criminal law for over 25 years, and care for your unique circumstances.

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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 for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. 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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