Chicago Public Indecency Defense Lawyer
Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney
Public indecency, frequently called indecent exposure, is a criminal offense
that involves intentionally exposing oneself in a public place, usually
with the intention of offending or arousing others, or for the purpose
of personal arousal. This
sex crime is most frequently charged as a misdemeanor but may be charged as a more
serious offense depending on the defendant's record, whether physical
contact was made, and the age of the alleged victim. Public indecency
charges may escalate to
sexual assault in some cases.
If you or someone you know has been accused of or charged with public indecency
or any type of criminal offense in the Chicago area, particularly one
that is of a sexual nature, the most important thing you can do is involve
an attorney. You have the right to legal counsel; exercising this right
may mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal or dismissal.
Penalties for Public Indecency Charges
Due to the sexual nature of indecent exposure charges, it will typically
carry with it the most serious of misdemeanor charges – Class A
– and reputation damaging punishment. If you do not retain a professional
Chicago criminal defense attorney and can’t successfully defend
yourself in court, penalties you could be facing include:
- Minimum fines of $500
- Maximum fines of $5000
- Up to 1 year of jail time
- Court-ordered rehabilitation programs
- Registration on a sexual offender list
It should also be noted that public urination – while usually not
carried out with any intent to offend anyone – is one of the most
commonly cited forms of public indecency crimes. If you have been arrested
for this act, you should know that you may be facing serious charges.
Facing indecent exposure charges in Chicago?
As a Chicago criminal defense lawyer who has been working in this field
for more than 15 years, I understand what is involved in public indecency
charges. I know the ins and outs of the criminal justice system and the
Chicago courts in particular and will tirelessly protect a client's
interests and concerns in order to seek the best possible outcome. I find
that my immediate and aggressive counsel is particularly important in
cases related to indecent exposure or public indecency.
Contact my Chicago criminal defense law firm today for free consultation.