Exposing your gentiles or anus in public to another person or multiple people counts as a sexual offense.
Being convicted of indecent exposure can complicate your life in major ways, like being forced to identify yourself in a sex offender registry.
San Antonio Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
False or exaggerated allegations of sexual motivated crimes causes tremendous fear, embarrassment and uncertainty. If you are under investigation for indecent exposure, you should have a skilled advocate on your side. Contact a sex crime lawyer at Goldstein & Orr.
The attorneys at Goldstein & Orr have been helping people charged with criminal offenses throughout San Antonio, Bexar County and cities throughout Texas for more than 40 years. Our attorneys fight sex crime allegations in both state and federal court.
No matter the circumstances, contact us to discuss your charges during an initial phone or office consultation. Call (210) 226-1463 for a free phone consultation.
Definition and punishment of indecent exposure under Texas law
Indecent exposure is defined by section 21.09 of the Texas penal code as “A person commits an offense if he exposes his anus or any part of genitals with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, and he is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his act.”
Indecent exposure is considered a Class B misdemeanor which can be penalized with up to 180 days in jail and fine up to $2,000.
However, penalties for indecent exposure with a child present are much more severe and is considered a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
A first-time conviction of indecent exposure does not require the convicted to register as a sex offender.
Those who are convicted of indecency with a child by exposure will have to register as a sex offender for life, according to Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. When a person registers, he or she is required to provide their legal full name and aliases, date of birth, a physical description, Social Security number, driver’s license number, home address, a photograph, fingerprints, type of offense and employment status. Most of this information then becomes available to the public.
It is the responsibility of the alleged offender to ensure the information is up to date. This means if a person moves or changes employment, it must be reported. In general, an offender fails to register in Texas, he or she could face additional jail time. Texas considers it a felony not to register as a sex offender.
Finding a Lawyer for Sex Crimes in Bexar County
Any accusation of a sexually motivated crime is serious. Under the American system of justice, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The attorneys at Goldstein & Orr will fight to defend your presumption of innocence by analyzing every detail of your case.
If you are charged with any kind of sexually motivated offense in San Antonio, Bexar County or the surrounding areas in Texas, then call (210) 226-1463 for a free phone consultation.