A silly action performed as a prank such as mooning someone at a sporting event or urinating in an alley after drinking can result in criminal charges for indecent exposure.
In Maryland law, indecent exposure is defined as exposing one’s genitals or other private parts (such as breasts or buttocks) in a public place where others are present and may witness the act. Indecent exposure is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to three years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Certain aggravating circumstances, such as the presence of young children, can result in far more serious consequences (indecent exposure to a minor/child), including the requirement to register as a sex offender. Any conviction would result in a permanent criminal record that could affect your prospects for future employment.
Lawyers for “indecent Exposure” Crimes in Maryland
Given the serious consequences of a conviction, you should never plead guilty or even talk to police about the charges until you talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney in Baltimore, MD. Our goal in an indecent exposure case is to keep you from having a sex crime conviction on your record if possible.
For the attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, our job is to protect your reputation and your future if you are accused of indecent exposure. Our attorneys defend people accused of “indecent exposure” in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Bel Air and throughout Maryland. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
What Is Indecent Exposure in Maryland?
Indecent exposure is the type of crime that covers a wide range of alleged criminal activity. For example, a person charged with purposely exposing his or her genitals to another in a private or public setting could be treated as a sex offender and be punished in a similar fashion as other mainstream sex offenders. While it is true that indecent exposure is classified currently as a misdemeanor, I expect the Maryland Legislature to review and make substantial, stricter changes in this statute.
It is extremely important that you have an experienced trial lawyer who can help you prepare a defense against this type of charge if needed. Preparation could include:
- Psychological and clinical evaluations that help put a state attorney or judge at ease and show that you are not someone who should be punished
- Private polygraph testing
- Sex evaluation and other evaluations
- Forensic evidence
You have to understand that a simple unintentional act that was not intended to harm may be perceived by the state attorney’s office or U.S. attorney’s office as a crime and may result in jail time. A conviction would remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life.
Finding a Lawyer for “Indecent Exposure” Charges
To protect your reputation and your future, contact an attorney for indecent exposure charges before you talk to police or anyone else. I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and operate four offices for your convenience, including my main office in Baltimore as well as offices in Catonsville, Annapolis and Bel Air.
Call 443-709-9999 today to discuss your case.