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Like most states, Colorado has laws against indecent exposure—exposing yourself in a sexual manner to cause alarm or offense. Being convicted of indecent exposure can have a dramatic impact on your life, as you will be required to register as a sex offender. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney in Denver, CO if indecent exposure charges are made against you. Here is a closer look at the laws that apply to indecent exposure and the potential penalties.

Public Indecency

Public indecency falls into the category of indecent exposure laws, but it is a less serious charge than indecent exposure. Public indecency occurs when someone has sex in a public place in view of others, exposes intimate parts aside from the genitals—such as the breasts—in a manner considered to be lewd, fondles someone’s body in a lewd manner, or exposes his or genitals to someone in a way that is intended to alarm or offend.

Public indecency is a Class 1 petty offense. It can be punished by a fine of up to $500 and a jail sentence of up to six months. The second public indecency charge can become a Class 1 misdemeanor if the first charge involved exposing the genitals. The punishment for a misdemeanor public indecency charge can be up to $100,000 in fines and 18 months in prison. In some cases, you may also be required to register as a sex offender.

Indecent Exposure

To be charged with indecent exposure, a person must expose his or her genitals in an alarming or offensive way with the purpose of sexually satisfying someone or masturbate where other people can see in a way that alarms or offends. The genitals do not need to be exposed during masturbation for indecent exposure charges.

Indecent exposure is a Class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted, you could face 18 months in prison and fines of $100,000. You will also be required to register a sex offender. Your criminal defense attorney may attempt to have indecent exposure charges reduced to public indecency to lessen your punishment and to attempt to keep you off the registry.

Indecent Exposure Laws by Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C.