Indecent exposure allegations can be brought against an individual who deliberately and inappropriately displays their genitals in public. According to the Kansas Statutes, indecent exposure charges are filed under § 21-5513, also known as lewd and lascivious behavior. The state's legal definition defines this sex crime as "publicly exposing a sex organ or exposing a sex organ in the presence of a person who is not the spouse of the offender and who has not consented thereto, with intent to arouse or gratify the desires of the offender or another."
If indecent exposure is committed in the presence of a child 16 years of age or older, the offense will be prosecuted as a class B nonperson misdemeanor. If the offense is committed in the presence of a child under the age of 16, convictions will result in security level 9, person felonies. The most important thing you can do if you or someone you know is facing either of these indecent exposure accusations is to consult legal representation as soon as possible.
If you have been charged with indecent exposure, or lewd and lascivious behavior in Johnson County, it is not unlikely that you may face strong personal bias during your legal proceedings. While district attorneys, judges and specialized sex crime units are expected to uphold ethical standards and due process, the strong social stigma surrounding sex crime allegations can seep into criminal cases. Working with an experienced attorney from our firm can ensure that your rights are protected throughout your entire case.
With more than 60 years of combined legal experience in both the prosecution and defense arenas, our firm knows that these cases can entail a number of elements and situations that can be used to successfully deflect or mitigate the impact of these charges and penalties. To discuss your case with our Olathe sex crime attorney, contact our firm as soon as possible.