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Indecent Exposure Attorneys in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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While often joked about, indecent exposure is no laughing matter. In Minnesota, public nudity with lewd intent is considered a sex crime, and as such is a punishable offense in the eyes of the law. If you have been arrested and charged with indecent exposure in Minnesota, there is no time to waste. Contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. and speak with our Minneapolis sex crime attorney as soon as possible.
What Constitutes Indecent Exposure in Minnesota?
Minnesota statute 617.23 states a person commits indecent exposure when they:
- Lewdly and willfully expose their private body parts;
- Convince others to expose their private parts; or
- Engages in any lascivious, lewd, or other publicly indecent behavior.
Depending on the circumstances, indecent exposure can be charged as either a misdemeanor, a gross misdemeanor, or a felony. Misdemeanor offenses are usually first offenses with no aggravating factors. Gross misdemeanors involve exposure in front of a child under the age of 16 or if the accused person has previously been convicted of criminal sexual conduct or indecent exposure in the first through fifth-degree. Felony charges can be sought if the defendant exposed their private parts to a child under the age of 16 after a previous conviction for the same crime. Masturbating in front of a child or falsely imprisoning a victim can also elevate an indecent exposure charge to the felony level.
Penalties for Indecent Exposure
Penalties for indecent exposure depend upon the presence of prior sex offense convictions, the circumstances of the exposure, and the age of the victims.
A person convicted of a misdemeanor faces the following penalties:
- A fine of up to $1,000
- Up to 90 days in jail
- Possible sex offender treatment
A gross misdemeanor comes with the following punishments:
- A fine of up to $3,000
- Up to one-year imprisonment
- Possible sex offender treatment
Felony offenses, the most serious of all, are punishable by:
- A maximum fine of $10,000
- Five years in prison
- Sex offender registry for at least 10 years or up to life
Because this type of crime is largely based on intent, it may be possible to prove that an individual’s actions were not meant to offend or arouse (for instance, if the nudity occurred with the expectation of privacy). In such cases, an individual may stand a chance of having their charges reduced to something less serious, such as disorderly conduct. Consult with an attorney about the unique details of your case to determine which legal defenses may benefit you most.
Accused of a Crime? Don’t Plead Guilty Without Consulting With Our Firm!
Whether a first or subsequent offense, an indecent exposure charge is very serious and requires experienced representation. Trust in the Minneapolis sex crime attorneys at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. to defend you with the dedication, tenacity, and professionalism you deserve. We understand that you are innocent until proven guilty and are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect your rights and safeguard your freedoms.
Take the first step: Contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. today.
1. Don’t Talk to the Police!
It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with authorities, you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.
It’s important to note that:
- Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
- By speaking, you risk making a confession or providing information that can be used to indict you, even unknowingly.
- Even if you feel that information being discussed is “harmless,” it is still in your best interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
2. Ask for a Lawyer!As soon as you can you should elect your right to have a defense attorney present. A Minnesota criminal defense lawyer or public defender can ensure the police do not violate your rights and help you avoid saying anything incriminating during questioning. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that we can be by your side whenever you need us. Call now!
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