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What Is Considered Indecent Exposure?


Indecent exposure is the intentional or knowing exposure of one's body parts in a public area or where it may be seen by those who don't want to see it, with an intent to alarm or offend. This sex crime can also involve making lewd gestures or noises that are considered offensive.

Examples of Indecent Exposure

Examples of indecent exposure can include public nudity, urinating in public, engaging in sexual activity, or simulating sexual activity in a public space.

Other acts, such as exposing one's genitals to another person, flashing, and streaking may also be considered forms of indecent exposure depending on the location and nature of the act. Indecent exposure may also occur as an Internet sex crime if one exposes their body to a minor or another unwilling party via video chat.

Penalties for Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure is a serious offense in Illinois and can lead to severe consequences if convicted. Penalties for committing indecent exposure in Illinois vary depending on the circumstances of each case.

Generally, an individual convicted of this crime could face up to one year in prison and/or fines of more than $2,500. Indecent exposure that occurred in the presence of children may be charged as a felony and subject to more severe penalties, including three years in prison. Additionally, a convicted person may be required to register as a sex offender for life.

Contact an Attorney for Legal Assistance

It's important to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer if you are facing charges of indecent exposure to ensure your rights are protected. They can review the details of your case and provide legal advice on what to do next while building your defense.

For help defending against criminal charges, reach out to the Law Office of Steven Fine today.