Indecent exposure is a surprisingly common, and often embarrassing criminal charge in Massachusetts. Indecent exposure offenses can result from public urination, inadvertent public sex acts, or other display of nudity in sight of the general public. A wilful or careless related offense is open and gross lewdness or lewd and lascivious behavior.
I have successfully defended indecent exposure charges for clients before. If the incident appears inadvertent, judges are often willing to dismiss the criminal charges in exchange for a fine.
The consequences of a conviction are serious, even if the threat of jail time isn’t likely. But having a criminal conviction for indecent exposure on your record, that anyone doing a simple background check can find, is not something you want out there.
If someone sees your CORI with an Indecent Exposure offense, you may never get a chance to explain the circumstances. It just may end up that you don’t get that job, apartment, or opportunity. So if your incident is old or minor, you may want to strongly consider getting the incident sealed so it doesn’t show up on a background check.
Please contact me to discuss how I can work to fight this charge, and do everything possible to keep your record clean.
Indecent Exposure Laws in Massachusetts
While is it not a crime with a serious risk of jail time for a first offense, it is still embarrassing and problematic. A CWOF (Continuance withing a finding) and probation is the most likely outcome. Although sometimes we can do better. If you are convicted of indecent exposure, you are potentially subject to registration as a sex offender.
Massachusetts Indecent Exposure Penalties
The penalties for indecent exposure are as follows:
- Up to 6 months in jail.
- Fines up to $200.
- Possible required registration as a sex offender.
The offense is considered related to a disorderly conduct charge.
Please contact me for a consultation on any indecent exposure arrest in Massachusetts, or any other related criminal charge. The legal consultation is free.