Providing Expert Legal Help in Indecent Exposure Cases
If you are accused of indecent exposure, a charge of sexual misconduct can be filed against you. This offense may be filed as first degree, second degree, or third degree, based upon what is alleged to have occurred. Cases involving children under fifteen years of age, whether in person or electronic means, can lead to charges of sexual misconduct involving a child and are usually filed as a Class D felony in cases with no prior conviction.
Penalties for Indecent Exposure in Missouri
Under Missouri state law, the penalties imposed for indecent exposure vary based upon the facts in the case. They can range from Class C felony convictions with seven years in prison and $5,000 in fines to misdemeanor charges that involve several months in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines – and a permanently damaged reputation. Examples of other charges include:
- Sexual Misconduct in the First Degree – Under Missouri § 566.093, a person can face charges of first degree sexual misconduct (a class B misdemeanor) under specific circumstances. For those with a prior conviction under this law, the charges will typically be filed as a class A misdemeanor, with penalties up to one year of imprisonment and fines up to $2,000. These include cases in which:
- A person allegedly exposed his or her genitals causing affront or alarm
- A person allegedly has had sexual contact in the presence of another party which is likely to cause affront or alarm
- A person allegedly engages in sexual intercourse in a public place in the presence of another person
- Felony Indecent Exposure: Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child – Cases involving children are heavily punished under Missouri law. If a child under fifteen is alleged to have been the victim of any sexual misconduct, whether in person or electronically transmitted, the penalties imposed can include from four to seven years in state prison. Any person accused of this offense should seek qualified defense counsel immediately.
If you are accused of any crime involving sexual misconduct, your first action is to seek a criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. At Rogers Sevastianos & Bante, LLP, we have gained a reputation for our ability to present a well-crafted, compelling defense case in a range of criminal charges, including defending against charges of indecent exposure.
Defense Against Charges of Indecent Exposure
The outcome of an indecent exposure case will in large part be based upon the skills and trial experience of your criminal defense lawyer. We are veteran trial lawyers with a reputation for excellence, and are frequently engaged in high profile cases. We urge you to contact us to ensure you are represented by a talented trial lawyer with extensive courtroom experience and a record of achieving positive outcomes in complex cases.
Our lawyers have the qualifications and trial experience you need on your side if you are accused of sexual misconduct or indecent exposure. The partners at our firm can defend against charges filed in either Missouri or Illinois. Our firm has been listed in SuperLawyers® for more than a decade, is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, and has tried over 125 jury trials. Experience is critical in sexual misconduct cases – don’t take a risk with your freedom and reputation – contact us.