Everything You Should Know About Indecent Exposure in Kansas | Sex Crimes Attorneys Wichita, KS
Being accused of a sex crime, no matter the offense, can lead many people to assume you are guilty and can carry a severely negative stigma. Many times, sex crimes such as indecent exposure can lead to serious consequences and follow you for the rest of your life, even if committed unintentionally. At the McConnell Law Firm, our sex crimes attorneys in Wichita, Kansas, have years of experience defending against sex crimes cases and have detailed everything you need to know about indecent exposure in Kansas. Learn more below!
What Is Indecent Exposure?
Generally speaking, indecent exposure occurs when an individual displays their sex organs in a public setting, specifically the genitals, anus, or nipples of the breast, in a reckless manner that may alarm or offend bystanders who witness the act. While laws prohibiting indecent exposure vary state by state, they share many similarities. In the state of Kansas, indecent exposure is against the law, falling under the statute prohibiting lewd and lascivious behavior and consists of having sex, sodomy, or exposing one’s genitals in the presence of another person without their consent for the purpose of arousing sexual desire.
In most cases, instances of indecent exposure will be charged as a misdemeanor, provided the accused does not expose themselves to an underaged individual, resulting in up to 6 months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines. If indecent exposure is committed in the presence of someone under 16 years old, it will likely result in a felony and be punishable by up to 17 months in prison and up to $100,000 in fines. Depending on a person’s criminal history, this prison time can fluctuate. Additionally, a defendant may be faced with registering as a sex offender, a severely damaging tag that will follow a person for the rest of their life, impacting their ability to find employment, housing, and more.
“In the modern era of the Me Too movement, and the court’s newfound willingness to crack down on accusations of sex crimes, it is extremely important that people understand the lasting consequences of being charged with a sex crime,” said Jonathan W. McConnell, founding sex crimes attorney in Wichita, at the McConnell Law Firm. “Let’s say two young people get caught engaging in sexual activity on their lunch break, but they are in their car at a public park or location, they could be charged with a sex crime like indecent exposure. Not only would they face fines and potential jail time, but they could be required to register as a sex offender, which will follow them for the rest of their lives.”
Indecent Exposure Defenses
Because much of the evidence required to convict somebody of indecent exposure is reliant upon an eyewitness testimonial, there are a number of defenses commonly raised, some of which include lack of witness credibility, a case of mistaken identity, lack of sexual motivation, and lack of intent to expose to third parties. Additionally, sex crimes cases often depend on a confession by the accused, which is usually obtained after intense interrogations. This signifies that a coerced confession may be to blame, and attacking the reliability of the confession will factor into the defense strategy. At the McConnell Law Firm, our sex crimes attorneys understand the nuances associated with being charged with indecent exposure and can help craft an expert defense to keep your record clean from false accusations!
Have You Been Accused?
If you have been falsely charged with a sex crime, we encourage you to contact the McConnell Law Firm as soon as possible. While every case is different, and no conclusions should be drawn without first consulting a sex crimes attorney in Wichita about the specifics of your case, it is always in your best interest to have a skilled attorney by your side from the beginning.
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