• Laws of Indecent Exposure
– People may deliberately commit indecent exposure as a means to gain pleasure and to a reaction from the other people in the populated area. Indecent exposure is considered to be indecent exposure if one exposes their genitals, buttocks, or breasts.
– As with the majority of criminal laws, the law surrounding indecent exposure varies by the state, but each state has laws regarding it. It’s also easy for an indecent exposure crime to be taken as something else. People may commit indecent exposure in order to gain pleasure, but how far does it have to go before it’s considered sexual assault? A person who commits indecent exposure could be charged with sexual assault or something similar instead, even if they only exposed themselves in public and not in the proximity of other individuals. Most, if not all of the time, physical contact would have to be made for indecent exposure to be considered sexual assault.
• Examples that are not Indecent Exposure
– There are some acts that are not considered to be indecent exposure. For instance, a woman breastfeeding their child would not be considered indecent exposure, since they are only trying to feed their child and not offend anyone.
– Another example of an incident that would not be taken as indecent exposure is if one urinated in public, but in a direction so that they would not be directly in anyone’s view.
– Another example would be if someone display their underwear in public; chances are the person was not trying to offend anyone or get pleasure from it.
• The Penalties for Indecent Exposure
– If someone is found to be guilty of indecent exposure, the punishments can be rather harsh, but they will still likely be counted as a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor penalty means that the convicted person will not have to spend more than one year in jail, but the fines can still be heavy. However, indecent exposure will be counted as a felony if it is a repeat offense, which will lead to even heavier fines and not only more jail time, but jail time to be spent in a state prison rather than in a local one.