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How does Arizona define public sexual indecency?

There are several different sexual offenses in Arizona, and it’s important for people of all ages and stages of life to be aware of these offenses and the associated consequences. Public sexual indecency charges in Arizona are a serious offense, and anyone who is charged with it should seek legal counsel as soon as possible.

The definition of public sexual indecency in Arizona

A person commits public sexual indecency in Arizona if they engage in a sexual or lewd act in a public setting without considering the emotional or physical impact on the victim. For example, a person commits public sexual indecency if they:

  • Touch another person’s private parts without asking for permission in a public setting.
  • Force another person to touch their own private parts or the private parts of others without asking for consent or permission in a public space.
  • Have sexual intercourse with another individual in the public sphere, or in front of other individuals who did not consent to viewing the act.
  • Have oral sexual contact with an individual in the public sphere or have oral sexual contact in front of other individuals without their permission.

What type of offense is public sxual indecency in Arizona? 

In most cases, public sexual indecency in Arizona is a class 1 misdemeanor. In Arizona, a class 1 misdemeanor cannot carry a prison sentence. However, a public sexual indecency charge that involves a minor under the age of 15, the charge is automatically considered to be a class 5 felony. A class 5 felony is a serious charge that can result in lasting consequences, including prison time or the requirement to register with the National Sex Offender Registry.

What should you do if you have been charged with public sexual indecency in Arizona?

If you have been charged with public sexual indecency in Arizona, it is important that you contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible. An attorney who is familiar with sexual offenses in Arizona will be able to best serve you.

In general, sexual offenses in Arizona are taken very seriously by the courts. It is important to have a legal team on your side who is familiar with these types of complicated cases and who can advocate for you in the best possible way. For more information about sexual offenses in Arizona and to discuss the details of your public sexual indecency charges, contact our law firm today to set up a consultation appointment