New York Indecent Exposure
The crime of indecent exposure is more common than most people think. While some instances of this type of sex crime are pranks, other times they are serious and are considered to be a criminal offense. A New York Indecent Exposure Lawyer will tell you that this crime involves exposing one’s genitals in public. The motivation of the defendant for this act is that they cause others to be offended. or obtain sexual gratification. This crime can also escalate into another sex crime if the victim is actually touched. Then a charge of sexual assault (New York Penal Law Sec. 130.95) can result. If you have been charged with indecent exposure or other sexual offense such as child pornography (New York Penal Law 263), rape (New York Penal Law Sec. 130.05), spousal rape, lewd conduct (New York Penal Law 245.01), or an internet sex crime, it is important to speak with a dedicated New York Indecent Exposure Lawyer from our team at Stephen Bilkis and Associates. The penalties for these crimes can include jail, fines, probation and depending on the offense, you may be required to register as a sex offender.
There is a grey area regarding what constitutes indecent exposure. Being unclothed away from civilization, like swimming in a lake, would rarely if ever bring a charge of indecent exposure. However, someone exposing themselves in a public place with children present would create a very different scenario.
This crime is considered a misdemeanor, punishable by less than one year in jail for a first offense. If this is a repeat offense, it can be considered a felony, punishable by at least one year in jail. Whether a repeat offense is considered a felony varies by state law.
The severity of this offense will likely depend on the nature of the exposure, for how long, and whether the crime was directed at children. An act that is purposely directed at children will be harshly punished. If any physical contact or coercion follows the exposure, the charges escalate from there, and may include child molestation and sexual assault. If you have been charged with this offense, it is important to ensure you best possible outcome for your case by consulting with an experienced New York Sex Crime Attorney from the Stephen Bilkis and Associates team. The crime of indecent exposure is one of many different sex crimes that is committed against children. These sex crimes against children often come under the umbrella term of child molestation. The U.S. Department of Justice says that child molestation is inappropriate contact between a child and an adult, where the child is used for the purposes of sexual satisfaction.
Child molestation can include crimes such as rape (New York Penal Law 130.05), internet sex crimes (New York Penal Law 288.3) or forcible touching (New York Penal Law 130.052).
Child molestation allegations can be tricky to defend. If you have been accused of this offense, it important to consult with our office as soon as possible.
Often when a child is involved, stories can become misconstrued and an innocent person is accused of heinous offenses. If a child goes to school with a bruise, or acts out, a concerned but overzealous school teacher may suspect possible child molestation and report it to authorities. Clergy, teachers, doctors and social workers among others are required to report possible child sex crimes.
A trial concerning a child related sex crime are challenging, partially because of the bias that a jury will have for a child over an adult. In addition, children can be easily manipulated by family members and the prosecution. To add to this, it is possible for an accused defendant to be convicted without the child ever having to testify.
Whether you have been charged with rape, sexual child abuse, sodomy, sexual assault, child molestation or an internet sex crime, we can speak with you regarding possible defense strategies. Our New York City offices serve clients throughout the five boroughs of New York City including Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens, as well as Westchester County. Our Long Island offices support our clients in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Call us today at 800.696.9529 to schedule your free consultation.