We rarely think of a sex crime as something that can happen unintentionally, but it can — especially when it comes to indecent exposure. Although it may seem like a minor offense to some, the state of Texas treats indecent exposure as a sex crime, meaning the consequences can be harsh and include fines, possible jail time, and a stint on the Texas Sex Offender Registry.
Between the “he-said-she-said” nature of the accusations and the associated social stigma of being labeled a sex offender, being charged with indecent exposure in Texas is a scary experience that you should not try to fight through alone.
Indecent exposure laws apply to the penis, vagina, testicles, female breasts, and buttocks/anus. The male chest is not included in these laws. Additionally, being scantily clad or stripped down to your underwear does not count as indecent exposure in Texas unless the underwear is somehow see-through. Indecent exposure differs from public lewdness — engaging in sexual acts in public — and that a charge for public lewdness brings with it harsher penalties.
According to section 21.08 of the Texas Penal Code, a person commits indecent exposure if he or she:
You can go to jail for these crimes. Texas considers indecent exposure to be a Class B misdemeanor. If you are convicted, you could face up to 6 months in prison, fines of up to $2,000, and potential additional requirements as the result of probation or parole.
Because indecent exposure is considered a sexual offense, a conviction can also land you on the Texas Sex Offender Registry for as long as 10 years. Being labeled a sex offender can make finding a job, moving to a new neighborhood, or even having a basic social life difficult. A conviction also means you must keep up with the costs and requirements associated to comply with the state of Texas’ requirements for sex offenders.
Generally speaking, indecent exposure is difficult to prove unless it was caught on camera or there were multiple eyewitnesses claiming to have seen you expose yourself. However, because indecent exposure is considered a sex crime, even innocent defendants can have a hard time winning a jury’s sympathy — something the prosecutor can easily use to their advantage.
However, even with a skeptical jury, there are still a number of tactics a skilled Plano indecent exposure lawyer can use to help you win your case:
If you’ve been arrested and charged with indecent exposure in Texas, your freedom and your reputation are on the line. Don’t let a false accusation ruin your life. Take charge, fight back, and ensure that your rights are protected by calling the Wilder Law Firm today.
Doug Wilder is a leading Plano sex crime attorney with decades of experience and courtroom success. Leveraging his experience as both a prosecutor and a winning sex crime defense attorney, Doug Wilder and his team craft aggressive, battle-tested defense strategies for each and every client.