In Florida, it is unlawful to expose one’s sexual organs or breasts in public or on the private premises of another. Typically the act of indecent exposure is motivated by self-arousal, or for the purpose of offending or arousing other people. A mother’s breastfeeding of her baby does not violate the indecent exposure statute. If you or anyone you know has been accused of indecent exposure, or believe you may be charged sometime in the near future, be sure to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
What are Some Penalties for Indecent Exposure?
The crime of indecent exposure is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable up to 1 year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine. If a child under the age of 16 is involved, the offense is considered lewd and lascivious exhibition, which is punishable by imprisonment of up to 15 years and/or up to a $10,000 fine. The crime of indecent exposure is a serious offense, whether or not there was a child involved. If convicted of indecent exposure, you may be ordered to register as a sex offender. Kenneth Padowitz is an aggressive defense attorney who will work to protect your rights.
Elements the Prosecution Must Prove for an Indecent Exposure Conviction?
The prosecutor must prove the defendants lascivious, lewd, or indecent intent. In some instances, the accused did not have the necessary intent at the time of offense for a criminal prosecution. Some examples include, a wardrobe malfunction or accidental clothing slip. There is an unlawful exposure according to the Florida statute, however the defendant lacks the required intent, and so may be a reasonable defense in similar circumstances. Prosecution must also prove that there was in fact exposure of the sexual organ in a public area; Florida also allows for prosecution of individuals who expose themselves on their own private property, if the intent was to be seen by others.
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Kenneth Padowitz has gained the valuable experience, knowledge, and skill necessary to provide aggressive criminal defense for clients facing sex crimes charges with nearly 30 years of trial experience. Kenneth Padowitz effectively represents clients charged with indecent exposure and various other sex crimes throughout South Florida. If you have been charged with indecent exposure, it is imperative to retain an aggressive criminal defense lawyer. Our Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney will strategically develop a defense designed personally for you and your situation. Kenneth Padowitz, P.A. represents clients throughout Broward County and all of South Florida, including: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Weston, Hollywood, Davie, Parkland, Cooper City, and Coral Springs. Contact our law office online, or call 954-761-3888 to speak directly with our attorney.
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