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Indecent exposure occurs when a person exposes his or her body to public view. Laws on what is considered indecent exposure vary from area to area. Indecent exposure can range anywhere from the exposure of genitalia, buttocks, and breasts. While some countries view any exposure of a woman's body to be indecent, other countries don't carry indecent exposure laws. To learn more about indecent exposure, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by Experts.

I was cited for indecent exposure today. Someone said I was exposing myself while walking around in my room. What are my options on this?

Generally, in situations like this, you could plead not guilty and possibly have the charge removed. If you were walking around in the privacy of your home and someone viewed you that would appear to be invasion of privacy. However, if you were standing in front of the window trying to expose yourself, that would be considered indecent exposure. It will be hard for someone to prove that you had intentions of exposing yourself by simply walking around in your room. The circumstances will play a part in how the case will be handled. If you live in a busy neighborhood with multiple people passing your home, if you live in an upstairs apartment and you thought you were unable to be seen from the ground level, or if you live on a lane where it would be almost impossible for a person to see you in your home.

Due to a medical issue, I was arrested for indecent exposure and I'm in the military, what attorney is right for me? Can these charges be dropped?

A criminal defense lawyer would work if you are only being charged at the state level. However, if you are going before administrative/military court, you will need a criminal defense attorney who is familiar with military law.

Usually, the evidence against you will determine if the prosecutor will drop the charges or not. The fact that you had a medical disability at the time of the indecent exposure charge doesn't mean the prosecutor will automatically drop the charges. However, it is possible the prosecution will use this fact in a plea deal.

What is considered indecent exposure in your own front yard on a public street in California?

California law states: indecent exposure as any person who makes their private parts visible in any public place or in any place where there are people who may be offended or annoyed.

If you are on private property, in your back yard, you can sunbath topless or nude. However, discretion is always a good habit to go with. Try using a privacy screen or fence to ensure no on lookers happen to view you sunbathing.

There are exceptions to this however. While sunbathing on private property, you can still be charged with indecent exposure if your back yard is visible to the public. If your back yard can be viewed by people passing on a street or your neighbors are offended by your sunbathing, you may find yourself in violation of the indecent exposure law.

My partner and I were arrested yesterday for indecent exposure on a beach, what do we do when we go to court?

As long as there were no children under the age of 16 that witnessed your nudity, this will be charged as a misdemeanor. You will want to retain an attorney to represent you so he/she can try to avoid the charge being placed on your record. Regardless of a misdemeanor charge, you still don't want it on your permanent record.

Indecent exposure is a charge that can cause great embarrassment and remain on a person's record permanently. If you are unsure of your rights concerning indecent exposure, you should ask an Expert. An expert can explain the law and how the law can affect you if you are charged with an indecent exposure citation.
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