Arizona law considers indecent exposure to be a sex offense. People are often charged with indecent exposure when they really meant no harm and were either in a large group were many people were doing the same thing, i.e. spring break in Lake Havasu, or they honestly believed they were committing an act that another person consented to.
In Arizona, a person can be charged with indecent exposure if they expose their genitals or anus or their areola or breast and another person is present, and the person who exposed themselves is reckless about whether the other person, as reasonable person, would be offended by the act of exposing.
Phoenix Indecent Exposure Laws and Penalties
The charge of indecent exposure all depends on the age of the person that was exposed to. If the person being exposed to is under the age of 15, the act is considered a class 6 felony, if the person is over the age of 15, the act is considered a class 1 misdemeanor.
A conviction of either a felony or misdemeanor could result in mandatory jail or prison time, probation, and most importantly, sex offender status. If the person facing the indecent exposure charge has children, there is a possibility they will lose custody.
Because of the penalties as well as the several defense associated with indecent exposure, it is important to have a criminal defense lawyer who will dedicate the time understand the facts surrounding the case, listen to your side of the story and develop defenses that will either get your case dismissed or significantly lower the consequence of your conviction.
Not all criminal defense attorneys are the same. Matthew Lopez is a dedicated defense lawyer who takes his job seriously, understands the stress and concerns his clients face, believes his clients are innocent until proven otherwise, and will do everything in his power to provide exceptional legal representation.
If you are facing an indecent exposure charge in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, or anywhere in Arizona, an attorney at Matthew Lopez Law is available 24/7 to speak with you about your case. You may contact our office at (602) 980-1987 or submit a confidential case evaluation form.