Indecent Exposure and Disorderly Conduct

Indecent ExposureQ: I’m really embarrassed by this. But I was at Sunset Park with my family and friends. We were there all day having a good time eating and drinking. I was a little drunk and had to urinate but instead of going to the bathroom I went behind some bushes. I guess there were some girls nearby who saw me go and then the next thing I know, I’m being arrested. So I got charged with Indecent Exposure and Disorderly Conduct. I’m so ashamed. I think I know what is Indecent Exposure but can you please explain? And give me advice please?

A: I’m really sorry for your troubles, and it’s only natural that you would be embarrassed.  However, most people (men) I know, have at some point or another urinated outdoors.  It is an extremely common thing to do.  It wouldn’t surprise me at all if there was someone doing that right now, while reading this blog.  The act of urinating in public itself doesn’t constitute Indecent Exposure, but it becomes criminal if someone witnesses it.

Indecent Exposure is the exposing of oneself or that of another in an open and public setting.  The first offense is a gross misdemeanor, which is a crime that carries up to one year in jail.  If a person is convicted of Indecent Exposure and is then subsequently charged with Indecent Exposure, he will be faced with a D class felony, which carries one to four years in prison.  In these types of cases, the most common issue is whether the individual urinated in an open area where it could be expected that he would be exposing himself to other people.  If it was a secluded area, you may have a very defensible case.  Oftentimes, I can get these cases dismissed or negotiated down to a simple misdemeanor, especially if my client doesn’t have a criminal history.  I would need more details before I could give you further advice on the strengths and weaknesses of your case.  We handle many criminal defense cases in Las Vegas, just like these. Contact us today Call us today at 702-463-5590 or fill out our contact form for a consultation.