There are many different types of sexual offenses in Arizona, and the courts take these charges very seriously. One of the more common sexual offenses in Arizona is indecent exposure. While this offense is taken very seriously by the courts, it often carries with it less severe sentences.
The definition of indecent exposure in Arizona
A person can be charged with indecent exposure in Arizona if they expose their private parts to another individual without caring about the emotional or physical reaction of that person. It is important to note that a person can be charged with indecent exposure whether they are male or female. In Arizona, a person can be charged with indecent exposure if they reveal male or female genitalia, or female breasts. Acts such as mooning or flashing are considered to be indecent exposure in Arizona.
What type of charge is indecent exposure?
In Arizona, an indecent exposure charge is considered to be a class 1 misdemeanor, unless the victim is a minor under the age of 15. If the victim is a minor under the age of 15, indecent exposure is considered a class 6 felony.
A class 1 misdemeanor is a less serious charge, but it can still have serious consequences. A person who is convicted of a class 1 misdemeanor may have to face probation or may be listed on the National Sex Offender Registry. A class 1 misdemeanor sentence cannot include prison time, but there may be jail time involved.
A class 6 felony is a more serious charge, and a person who is convicted of a class 6 felony may have to serve prison time as a result.
What should you do if you have been charged with indecent exposure in Arizona?
If you have been charged with indecent exposure in Arizona, you need to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible. This allows your attorney to begin crafting a plan to advocate for you effectively in court.
Any type of sexual offense is a serious charge in Arizona, and it’s important that you have an experienced attorney on your side. A lawyer who is familiar with indecent exposure charges and other sexual offenses in Arizona will be able to craft a plan that will provide you with the best possible results.
For more information about sexual offenses in Arizona, including indecent exposure, contact our law firm today in order to set up a consultation appointment.