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Indecent Exposure Charges in PA

Penalties for Indecent Exposure Charges in Pennsylvania

Any type of criminal conviction can be a burden on your life and future, limiting your options from obtaining a job to finding housing to getting admitted to college. An Indecent Exposure conviction is no different.

If you were charged with Indecent Exposure in Pennsylvania, you face second degree misdemeanor charges. A conviction could mean between one to two years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines for a first offense.

In addition, Indecent Exposure is considered a sex crime, and, if convicted, you will be required to register on the National Sex Offenders list. This list is publicly available for anyone to see – employers and landlords and anyone who looks up your name online – and if you fail to register, that can mean going to prison.

Indecent Exposure Charges Are Not a Conviction

Being charged with a crime is stressful. However, it is important to remember that being charged with a crime is not the same as a conviction. You still have the right to defend yourself and fight for your rights through the United States legal system.

Attorney Wana Saadzoi understands that people often make mistakes they later very much regret and would not do under normal circumstances. That is why she examines all cases closely and will work with you to develop a solid defense strategy so you can fight to have your charges dismissed or the penalties reduced.

If you were charged with indecent exposure, the charges CAN be fought in court.

An aggressive and experienced attorney will help you fight your charges and prepare your case for the best possible outcome. A knowledgeable attorney is going to have a much better chance of getting your charges reduced or dropped altogether.

Attorney Wana Saadzoi has fought and won several high-profile sex crime cases. Call her today for a free legal case evaluation.

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Indecent Exposure Defined

What is Indecent Exposure?

Indecent exposure is pretty straight forward: if you expose your genitals in any public space or a place where you should have known there are people who would be alarmed or offended by such exposure, this is indecent exposure.

Indecent Exposure can include any of the following examples:

  • “Streaking” or running through any crowd, open area or sports arena naked;
  • Having sexual intercourse in public, in a public restroom;
  • “Flashing” or surprising people by opening a coat or other clothing item to expose your genitals;
  • Public urination.

Are Exposing Breasts Considered Indecent Exposure?

While Pennsylvania generally regards “genitals” to mean the penis or vagina, exposing your breasts in a lewd manner could constitute criminal charges under Open Lewdness laws.

However, breastfeeding is never considered indecent or lewd or offensive, under Pennsylvania Law.

Indecent Exposure as Defined by Pennsylvania Law:

According to PA Code §3127 indecent exposure is defined as:

(a)  Offense defined.–A person commits indecent exposure if that person exposes his or her genitals in any public place or in any place where there are present other persons under circumstances in which he or she knows or should know that this conduct is likely to offend, affront or alarm.

(b)  Grading.–If the person knows or should have known that any of the persons present are less than 16 years of age, indecent exposure under subsection (a) is a misdemeanor of the first degree. Otherwise, indecent exposure under subsection (a) is a misdemeanor of the second degree.

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Penalties for an Indecent Exposure Conviction in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, indecent exposure is typically considered a second degree misdemeanor, unless the complainant or victim(s) are aged 16 or younger, in which case it is a first degree misdemeanor.

The penalties will depend on whether the charges are for a first- or second- degree misdemeanor.

A second degree misdemeanor conviction could mean between one to two years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines for a first offense.

A first-degree misdemeanor conviction for indecent exposure can mean up to five years in jail, and a fine of up to $10,000

Other Consequences of Sex Crime Convictions

In addition to jail time and large fines, a sex crime conviction can also mean a lifetime of registering as a sex offender after your release from prison.

The national sex offender registry is known as SORNA (or Megan’s Law). If you are required to register on SORNA, anyone who does a basic background check or conducts a basic Internet search will easily see your criminal history.

SORNA can make it very difficult for you to find housing, a job, or obtain a loan.

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Attorney Wana Saadzoi has successfully won many complex sex crime cases in Pennsylvania. She is a tough, aggressive Pennsylvania Sex Crime Attorney who will fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed.

Attorney Saadzoi understands that not everyone accused of a sex crime is guilty. She is a former prosecutor who understands both sides of the courtroom and will search every detail for weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. She works tirelessly on her clients’ behalf to defend their rights.

Defending Your Rights: An Arrest is NOT a Conviction.

Prosecutors must prove every element of their case beyond a reasonable doubt in order to get a conviction in any criminal case. Many different defense strategies to sex crimes can show reasonable doubt, including mistaken identity, false reporting / false allegations, consent, duress, insanity, intoxication, alibi, and impossibility.

An aggressive sex crime lawyer will work to diminish the accusations and seek out any evidence that can prove your innocence. In addition, if false claims apply, a defense attorney can file a countersuit or defamation lawsuit if the false claim harmed the defendant.

Your life and your freedom are important to you and your family. Attorney Wana Saadzoi will do everything possible to defend your rights.

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When your life and future are at stake, you want the most experienced and dedicated sex crime attorney for the job – and that is Attorney Wana Saadzoi.

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