In Michigan, even a conviction of the misdemeanor offense of indecent exposure can earn an individual a reputation as a sex offender, which could require registration on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry, in addition to possible jail time and other penalties.
Sex Crimes Attorney Explains The Law That Defines Indecent Exposure Is Very Broad And Provides For Increased Penalties For Certain Acts
The Michigan law that defines indecent exposure is very broad and potentially includes conduct that an individual might not think is criminal. To paraphrase MCL 750.335a, the indecent exposure statute is:
A person shall not knowingly make any open or indecent exposure of his or her person or of the person of another. A person who violates the law is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.
However, the law further provides that if the person was fondling his or her genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or, if the person is female, breasts, while indecently exposed, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than two years or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both.
Finally, if the person was at the time of the violation a sexually delinquent person, the violation is punishable by imprisonment for an indeterminate term, the minimum of which is one day and the maximum of which is life. Being a sexually delinquent person means a person who has committed repetitive or compulsive acts which indicate a disregard of consequences or the recognized rights of others, or acts of force used upon another person in attempting sexual relations of either a heterosexual or homosexual nature, or acts of sexual aggression committed against children under the age of 16.
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We understand how prosecutors and courts view charges of indecent exposure and we know which strategies will lead to a dismissal or reduction of charges to a non-sex offense. The sex crimes attorneys at Grabel & Associates have successfully defended clients charged with all facets of the indecent exposure statute and have obtained excellent results for clients, which have included non-registration on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry and no jail time whatsoever. The decision to hire the right lawyer, who understands the law to obtain the best results possible, is critical, as the potential loss of liberty and the possibility of registration as a sex offender is always a major consideration in any sex crime case. If you have been charged with indecent exposure, lewd conduct, gross indecency or a misdemeanor sex offense you need to fight back aggressively to keep a conviction off your record.
If You Are Being Investigated For Or Have Been Charged With Indecent Exposure, We Are Ready To Help You Protect Your Rights. The Criminal Defense Firm Of Grabel & Associates Also Provides Exceptional Criminal Defense In The Following Types Of Sex Crime Cases:
- Accosting or Soliciting a Minor For Sex
- Possessing, Downloading, or Manufacturing Child Pornography
- Distribution or Sale of Child Pornography
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Criminal Sexual Conduct
- Public Urination Seem Like Harmless Crimes
Our lawyers are available to immediately help you fight to protect your rights. Contact us to schedule an appointment to meet with one of the members of our criminal defense team. At a time when it may seem nobody is on your side, Grabel & Associates is here to help you.
The attorneys at Grabel & Associates defend clients in all 83 counties in Michigan.