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Indecent Exposure Laws

What is indecent exposure?

Indecent exposure is when a person/persons deliberately exposes a part of his/her body in view of the public or general public where the exposure is against the law, against the moral and ethic standards of appropriate behavior. Indecent exposure ranges from showing of the genital area, female nipples, and buttocks. In more ultra-conservative countries, exposing any part of the female body is considered to be indecent exposure. What is considered to be an applicable standard of decency is generally that of the local community.

In most cases these standards are codified in law, but may also be based in the morality of religion. Indecent exposure may also refer to exhibitionism or to nudity in public and does not necessarily involve any other sexual act to be preformed. If there is sexual acts preformed, with or without any nudity, this can be considered public indecency and may often be a more serious criminal offense and may carry a heavier punishment. In some countries, when a person exposes the body in breach of community standards of modesty can also be considered to be public indecency.

The legal and community standards of what forms of undress would constitute indecent exposure vary and in most cases depends on the context in which the exposure takes place. Read below to find Expert answers relating to indecent exposures.

If a person in Colorado petitions the court to expunge his/her indecent exposure record, would they still have to register in Texas as a sex offender?

If the conviction was not overturned, then the person would have to still register in the state of Texas as a sex offender. Even though the person may have had the conviction expunged in Colorado, Texas has a different set of laws and may still require the person to register. The person may try to petition Texas, although at this time Texas does not have such a petition.

What can a victim of indecent exposure do to protect himself/herself from the offender?

If the victim presses charges against the offender, then he/she will be able to get a restraining order against the offender to protect himself/herself from any future harassment. The victim would be the main witness and would have access to the prosecutor and if he/she expresses his/her concerns for safety, then the prosecutor will more than likely give the victim the protection order.

In the state of Texas, if a person is charged with indecent exposure, a Class B Misdemeanor, will he/she get any jail time?

In the state of Texas, section 12.22 deals with a Class B misdemeanor. It says: “An individual adjudged guilty of a Class B misdemeanor shall be punished by: (1) a fine not to exceed $2,000; (2) confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or (3) both such fine and confinement.” In most cases however, the courts will give probation instead of jail time if it is the person’s first offense.

In the state of Colorado, if a person is in his/her own house and is masturbating and a neighbor sees this, what can happen to the person?

In the state of Colorado, this would be considered a Class 1 misdemeanor and would carry a fine of $500 up to a fine of $5000 and 6-18 months in jail. If this is the person’s first offense, then the person may only have to pay the $500 fine.

When it comes to a charge of indecent exposure, there are several state law variations and drastic potential legal recourses that may cause an offender or victim to have questions that he/she may need answered. The Experts are a source in which an offender or victim may get answers and insight on how to proceed.

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