Are you facing criminal charges for indecent exposure in Phoenix, Arizona? A conviction can significantly impact your life, especially if there are aggravating factors.
A Phoenix indecent exposure attorney at Orent Law Offices, PLC is here to help.
Attorney Craig Orent has over 34 years of experience and is an Arizona State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist. He’s successfully handled thousands of criminal law cases, helping clients receive not-guilty verdicts, favorable plea deals, dismissals, and reduced charges.
Contact our Phoenix, AZ law office today at (480) 656-730 to discuss the details of the indecent exposure charges against you. We offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions, explain your legal rights, and determine the best course of action.
It’s wise to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after being charged with a sexual offense like indecent exposure. A criminal conviction for a sex crime can have detrimental effects on your reputation and future.
Retaining legal representation can mean the difference between having the charges dropped and spending time behind bars. But it’s important to act fast so that your lawyer can gather evidence and locate key witnesses.
If you hire a Phoenix sex crimes attorney at Orent Law Offices to help with your indecent exposure charges, we’ll:
Reach out to Attorney Craig Orent’s law firm to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation, and we’ll explain further how we can help you.
Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) Title 13, Chapter 14 contains laws regarding sexual offenses. These offenses include:
Under A.R.S. 13-1402, indecent exposure is committed when:
Note that the defendant must have intent to alarm or offend another person. For example, if you’re in a gym locker room, it’s reasonable to expect someone to be changing clothes. A reasonable person shouldn’t be offended if they see nudity in that scenario.
On the other hand, the act of “mooning” or “flashing” a stranger in public would be considered indecent exposure.
Yes. Urinating in public is illegal in Arizona. You could be charged with criminal nuisance or indecent exposure. Many cities in Arizona explicitly outlaw public urination in their municipal codes.
For example, the Phoenix City Code deems it unlawful to urinate on any public sidewalks, crosswalks, paths, highways, buses, parks, or any other public places.
The penalties for an indecent exposure conviction depend on several factors, including:
Indecent exposure to someone who is 15 years of age or older is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by:
The offense becomes more serious if the indecent exposure was to someone under the age of 15 or if the defendant has two or more prior indecent exposure convictions. In that case, the crime is a Class 6 felony punishable by:
The collateral consequences of a sex crime are also significant. You may have to explain the incident anytime you apply for a job or move to a new place. A Phoenix criminal defense attorney can help clear your name and keep your criminal record clean.
An aggravating factor is a fact or circumstance that increases the severity of a crime and can result in harsher penalties.
Potential aggravating factors in an Arizona indecent exposure case can include:
If any aggravating factors are present in your case, it’s crucial to seek help from an experienced Phoenix indecent exposure lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can present an argument to the presiding judge that mitigating factors were involved.
You must register as a sex offender if:
Being a registered sex offender can present numerous challenges, including issues finding employment, housing, or spending time around children.
Indecent exposure requires specific intent on the defendant’s part. If the act was accidental or you were unaware that anyone was around, the prosecution will have difficulty proving their case.
Some possible defenses to indecent exposure include but are not limited to:
An experienced criminal defense lawyer at Orent Law Offices will work to have your charges dismissed. If we’re unable to do so, we’ll pivot and argue for the charges to be reduced.
For example, we may be able to have an indecent exposure charge reduced to disorderly conduct or public intoxication, which are not sex crimes.
Were you charged with indecent exposure in Phoenix, AZ? If so, contact Orent Law Offices to speak with a knowledgeable Phoenix criminal defense lawyer. We offer a free consultation, so call now to schedule yours.