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Minnesota Public Indecency: What Is it & When Can Someone Be Charged?

We’ve all seen movies where someone comically loses all their clothes while in public; however, a similar real-life scenario could end in criminal charges instead of a sheepish grin. Not many people know what constitutes indecent exposure under Minnesota law, so it’s a good idea to read this blog in its entirety to find out for yourself.

Minnesota Statute §617.23 Indecent Exposure

A person who commits any of the following acts in any public place, or in any place where others are present, is guilty of a misdemeanor:

(1) willfully and lewdly exposes the person's body, or the private parts thereof;

(2) procures another to expose private parts; or

(3) engages in any open or gross lewdness or lascivious behavior, or any public indecency other than behavior specified in this subdivision.

A person who commits any of those acts in the presence of a minor under the age of 16, or have a previous criminal sexual misconduct conviction, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.  In certain situations, indecent exposure can even reach felony level.

While there may be defenses for a charge of indecent exposure, there is one absolute exception to this law.  Minnesota law recognizes that it is not indecent exposure for a woman to breastfeed.

Charged with Indecent Exposure?

Indecent exposure charges are subjective in nature, so if you or a loved one are charged with indecent exposure, our firm can help. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will fight to ensure the best outcome for you and your case.

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