Los Angeles Indecent Exposure Lawyer
Indecent Exposure (Penal Code section 314) can be a misdemeanor or a felony. The difference between the misdemeanor and felony is whether or not you committed the act after entering a private inhabited building without consent. For the misdemeanor offense, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that (1) you intentionally exposed your private parts in front of others who would be offended or annoyed and (2) you did so with the specific intention of either (a) drawing public attention to your private parts for your own sexual gratification or (b) to insult or offend others.
For the felony offense, in addition to the two parts of the misdemeanor offense, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you entered an inhabited building without consent. A prior conviction of indecent exposure or lewd and lascivious acts (Penal Code section 288) can also turn a misdemeanor indecent exposure into a felony.
A conviction on this offense could result in your having to do time in county jail (misdemeanor) or State prison (felony). Further, this is a registrable offense, so if you are convicted, you will have to register as a sex offender. Because of the severe consequences that accompany this offense, it is recommended that you speak with an attorney as soon as you are aware of an investigation into or charges against you.
Legal Penalties for Indecent Exposure Conviction
The consequences of a conviction for indecent exposure in California can be harsh. The severity of the penalties is directly connected to where the exposure happened and if you are a repeat offender. A simple misdemeanor conviction can include up to six months in a LA County jail and up to a maximum fine of $1,000. It also requires sex offender registration for life.
An aggravated indecent exposure charge involves exposing yourself after entering a home or other type of dwelling without permission. This type of sex crime offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. If convicted of a felony offense, you could be sentenced to up to three years in a California state prison, up to a $10,000 fine, and lifetime registration as a sex offender.
Legal Defense Against Indecent Exposure
In order to obtain a conviction for indecent exposure, the prosecutor must prove that you exposed yourself in a public place or private location where you were not invited, that you offended other people, and you were fully exposed while acting in a lewd manner. There have been cases where wrongful charges were filed due to false accusations or mistaken identity. For example, if the alleged exposure occurred from a distance, or in the dark, it's possible that the victim is unable to make a positive identification.
Contact a Indecent Exposure Attorney in Los Angeles
Even if you are never convicted, mere allegations of a charge of indecent exposure can be devastating. It is embarrassing and can tarnish your reputation within your community. It can even jeopardize your career and you future ability to earn a living. Even worse, if you are found guilty and convicted of an indecent exposure charge, you may potentially have to register as a sex offender for life.
Because the repercussions are so severe, it is crucial that you are represented by an experienced and dedicated criminal defense lawyer. Such a lawyer can be found at the Eisner Gorin LLP.
We are experienced in defending these type of sex crime offenses because we have worked as both criminal defense lawyers and criminal prosecutors. This means we know how the prosecution builds its case and how to break down their case with effective defense strategies.
We have an in-house private investigator who provides us with the full story that sometimes may be missing from police-conducted investigations. Our legal team will fight zealously to protect your liberty and your rights. We have offices throughout the Los Angeles area and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact a Los Angeles sex crime lawyer today for a confidential and comprehensive consultation.