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Exposure of Sexual Organs

Exposure of Sexual Organs

People who expose or exhibit their sexual organs in front of other parties can face criminal prosecution. The offense commonly known as indecent exposure is one common in pranks like flashing, streaking, or an intentional sexual act. When a person is caught “exposing themselves,” it implies that they have shown their genitals in an inappropriate manner. While these charges can arise from situations that may have been intended for the sake of humor, the consequences are quite serious.

Indecent exposure is considered a sex crime in the state of Florida. Those who are charged with this crime can result in the possibility of expensive fines and incarceration. A conviction can also cause difficulties in seeking employment, professional licensing, or other considerations.

Tallahassee Exposure of Sexual Organs Lawyer

Were you recently arrested in Northern Florida for indecent exposure? You should quickly contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for sound legal advice.

The Sex Crime Lawyers at Pumphrey Law represents clients all over Tallahassee in addition to other local areas like Panama City, Fort Walton Beach, Parker, Crestview, Springfield, Destin, Lynn Haven, Mary Esther, Callaway, Niceville, and Panama City Beach. Our firm provides a thorough evaluation of your case when you call (850) 681-7777 to schedule a free consultation.

Leon County Exposure of Sexual Organs Overview

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Florida Charges for Exposure of Sexual Organs

The exposure of sexual organs, also known as indecent exposure, is defined under Florida Statute Section 800.03 as when a person conducts themselves in any of following manners:

  • Exposes or exhibits their sexual organs in public or on the private premises of another party;
  • Exposes or exhibits their sexual organs so near thereto as to be seen from such private premises, in a vulgar or indecent manner; or
  • Was naked in public except in any place provided or set apart for that purpose.

Example scenarios of exposure of sexual organs include:

  • An individual who is publicly nude by showing their female breasts or buttocks in a place where others are present;
  • An individual who conducts themselves in a lewd or inappropriate manner, such as public masturbation; or
  • An individual who intentionally exposes or flashes their genitals.

Florida law provides several scenarios that would be exempt from an indecent exposure charge:

  • A mother breastfeeding her baby;
  • Appearing at designated nude beach;
  • Sleeping naked on a dock;
  • Urinating in public; or
  • Wardrobe malfunctions.

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Penalties for Exposure of Sexual Organs in Leon County

Under Florida law, the exposure of sexual organs is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor. This means if convicted, the defendant could be sentenced to the following punishments:

  • Up to one year in jail; and
  • Up to a $1,000

A second or subsequent indecent exposure violation is classified as a third-degree felony. That means if convicted, the defendant could be sentenced to the following punishments:

  • Up to five years in prison; and
  • Up to a $5,000 fine.

In addition to the statute-specific penalties, a person convicted will be marked as a convicted offender of sexual nature on their record. This can cause tremendous shame and embarrassment to the defendant, especially as background checks performed by certain agencies will be able to see this sex crime and may deny employment, admission to college, or other possible benefits.

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Defenses to an Exposure of Sexual Organs Charge

The consequences of an exposure of sexual organs conviction are tough and long-lasting. However, the right legal representation can help you determine the best way to have an indecent exposure charge reduced or dismissed. Some of the possible defenses that may be applicable to an indecent exposure case could include, but are not limited to:

  • Alleged offender was unaware other parties could see their exposure;
  • Exposure was not done in vulgar or indecent manner;
  • False accusations by an eyewitness;
  • Lack of evidence to prove the defendant’s exposure and lewd intent;
  • Mistaken identity by a witness;
  • Alleged offender was a mother breastfeeding her baby; or
  • Alleged offender had an unintentional wardrobe malfunction.

If you have questions regarding potential defense strategies for your indecent exposure case, contact the attorneys at Pumphrey Law Firm.

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Find An Exposure of Sexual Organs Lawyer in Tallahassee

Finding the right attorney is imperative in a criminal case. For a charge such as indecent exposure, the resulting penalties and shame that can come with a conviction are too severe to not take seriously. The sex crime defense attorneys at Pumphrey Law understand the distress that people arrested for this crime may be feeling and will fight to get your charges lessened or dismissed.

Call (850) 681-7777 today to have us review your case during a free legal consultation.


Page Updated January 15, 2024

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