Indecent Exposure Conviction Requires Lifetime Sex Offender Registration
A first-time indecent exposure charge is generally a misdemeanor, but it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony if you entered an occupied building without permission and then exposed yourself. Subsequent indecent exposures are charged as felonies.
Unfortunately, either a misdemeanor or felony conviction for indecent exposure will include a requirement that you register as a sex offender. This is a lifelong burden that means your address and sex-offender registration will be permanently available to the public online.
Defenses to California Indecent Exposure Charges
Because of this lifelong penalty, being charged with indecent exposure means it’s essential for you to obtain an experienced defense attorney who can vigorously defend you and negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf.
In addition to questions of incorrect identification or other mistakes by witnesses, there are several potential defenses unique to a charge of indecent exposure:
- ✔ The evidence does not prove that the relevant body part was exposed.
Exposure of breasts or buttocks is not enough. Conviction requires exposure of genitals.
- ✔ The evidence does not prove that the exposure was intentional.
Accidental exposure – for example, when changing clothes on what appeared to be a deserted beach or side road – is not enough.
- ✔ The evidence does not prove that you intended to direct attention to your genitals. For example, if you erroneously believed your private parts were concealed by clothing you held in front of you, your mistake is not enough for conviction.
- ✔ The evidence suggests you did not act for sexual gratification or to sexually offend someone else. It is not enough for conviction if you “streaked” through a party or friend’s house as a joke rather than to offend other persons or for your own sexual gratification.
Each of these defenses requires that the facts be carefully analyzed and investigated, that all witnesses who could support your defense be contacted and, if possible, interviewed, and that the attorney be skilled at negotiating with prosecutors and trying jury cases if the prosecutor does not offer an acceptable plea bargain given the facts of your case.
Attorney Cadzow Can Defend You Against an Indecent Exposure Charge
I’m attorney Scott R. Cadzow, and I have over 25 years experience defending clients on indecent exposure charges throughout Orange County and Southern California. I have personally defended many people accused of indecent exposure, lewd behavior, and other related offenses. I have over 100 criminal jury trials and have often obtained reduced charges, reduced penalties, and even dropped charges for my clients.
If you or a family member are facing indecent exposure charges, please contact me, attorney Scott R. Cadzow. I offer reasonable fees and take credit cards, and will provide you with a knowledgeable, careful, and concerned defense. I can meet with you at my law offices in Orange County or in Vista, whichever is closer to you.
Your case is important to me. I offer a free consultation and am available 24/7. I will respond quickly.
For Fast Help with Indecent Exposure Charges, Call: (949) 697-5278