San Diego Indecent Exposure Attorney
Facing Charges of Indecent Exposure in San Diego, CA?
Sometimes, even a seemingly innocent or unintentional action may qualify as indecent exposure and lead to misdemeanor or felony charges. If convicted, not only will you face jail or state prison time, but you will be required to register as a sex offender, resulting in a lifetime label that will forever affect where you can live and work, as well as making you a social pariah.
San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer James N. Dicks is experienced with defending charges involving indecent exposure. As a former police officer and narcotics investigator, attorney James N. Dicks has a thorough understanding of California laws governing indecent exposure. He is a board certified criminal law specialist and has served in the criminal justice system since 1977.
If you are looking for a highly skilled indecent exposure lawyer, you should review the firm's case results. The firm offers a free consultation to discuss your case and determine the best course of action for you.
In What Circumstances Is Indecent Exposure Charged?
Indecent exposure, under state law, is definite as publicly exposing genitalia to another person or persons, with an intention to shock or disturb, or for sexual gratification. There can be innocent reasons behind the exposure, and there may have been absolutely no intention to create a problem for another person, such as urinating and being witnessed by another in error, or in a prank that went terribly wrong. Those who have any prior conviction for indecent exposure can expect harsh treatment if convicted, including the requirement to register as a sex offender, with name, address and photo all easily accessible on the internet or even a smart phone.
Penalties for Indecent Exposure in California
Indecent exposure is typically charged as a misdemeanor, where the maximum penalty is a sentence of up to one year in county jail. However, multiple indecent exposure convictions will usually lead to a felony charge, where the minimum penalty is one year in state prison.
If you enter a house or other dwelling without consent and expose yourself, you will likely receive a one year prison sentence. In addition, indecent exposure may even qualify as sexual assault, if it is alleged that physical contact was made.
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The penalties imposed will be much more severe in cases of prior convictions for the same or a similar sex crime, and the charges filed are likely to be at the felony level. Reducing the charge to a misdemeanor or getting the charges fully dismissed is the first goal that will be pursued. Finding out details about the witness reports, what lies behind this report, and whether there are mitigating circumstances is an important part of crafting a defense case that gets a positive result.
Contact the firm immediately, as the attorney is a certified criminal law specialist, one of only a small percentage of lawyers in the area. His background and case results make the firm one of the most respected criminal defense law firms in San Diego. Call today for immediate representation from a qualified, credentialed criminal lawyer with extensive trial experience in sex crime cases.