Exposing one’s sexual organs or genitalia can, in certain instances, lead to arrest and conviction. If you are facing these charges, speak with a Ft. Lauderdale indecent exposure lawyer. The experienced sex crimes attorneys at Leifert & Leifert defend criminal cases of all types. As such, we routinely, successfully defend individuals charged with various sexual offenses.
What is Indecent Exposure?
Under Florida Statute 800.03, it is unlawful to expose or exhibit one’s sexual organs in public or on the private premises of another, or so near thereto as to be seen from such private premises, in a vulgar or indecent manner, or to be naked in public except in any place provided or set apart for that purpose. Violation of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. It is important to note that a mother’s breastfeeding of her baby does not under any circumstance violate this section.
The law maintains that you can be charged with and convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor if you are found to have vulgarly or indecently exposed your sexual organs in public, in someone else’s private premises, or so close to such a place that the exposure of the sexual organs can be seen from the private premises. In theory, if a window in your home offers a clear view of a window in a neighbor’s home, and you are naked in your own home, but your neighbor can see you, you can be charged with exposure of sexual organs. Our Ft. Lauderdale lawyers at Leifert & Leifert know the strategies that prosecutors use because, as former prosecutors, we used to handle cases such as those involving charges for indecent exposure. Our team could mount a legal defense geared at defending you with professional, inside knowledge.
Penalties for Exposing Sexual Organs
If convicted of improperly exposing one’s sexual organs, the individual will be punished for the crime of a first-degree misdemeanor as provided in s. 775.082. According to 775.082, a first-degree misdemeanor is punishable by a definite prison sentence not exceeding 1 year. Additionally, this subsection allows for a fine to be imposed in addition to the penalty detailed in s. 775.082. State law also notes that, statutes permitting, someone convicted of a crime may be sentenced to pay a fine in lieu of serving prison time. Essentially, a first-degree misdemeanor conviction stemming from indecent exposure can yield either a 1-year maximum prison sentence or a $1,000 fine, or both. An attorney in Ft Lauderdale could help someone accused of indecent exposure avoid or minimize these penalties.
Contact a Ft. Lauderdale Indecent Exposure Attorney
If you have been arrested for or charged with exposing your sexual organs, please contact the Ft Lauderdale indecent exposure lawyers at Leifert & Leifert. These charges can be embarrassing to receive and complicated to litigate. Our attorneys are here to help you protect your personal and professional reputation as well as avoid any serious penalties. For a free consultation and to see how we can help you avoid prison time and fines, call us today.