Indecent exposure is the crime of a person exposing their intimate areas to other people, to either obtain sexual gratification or to offend people. While indecent exposure does not involve the defendant touching a victim or threatening any violence, it does require that the defendant know their actions would shock and alarm other people.
How is Indecent Exposure Charged in Washington State?
What Does the State have to Prove to Convict Me of Indecent Exposure?
According to Washington State law, a person is guilty when they:
- Intentionally make any obscene or open exposure;
- To or in front of another person; and
- Know their conduct is likely to cause reasonable alarm.
If I Breastfeed, can I be Arrested for Indecent Exposure in Washington State?
No, Washington State specifically mentions that breastfeeding is not considered indecent or obscene, exposure.
When is this Criminal Act a Gross Misdemeanor?
Indecent exposure is a gross misdemeanor when the defendant exposes themselves to a person under 14 years old.
When is Exposing Myself a Felony in Washington State?
Indecent exposure is a class C felony if the defendant has been previously convicted for indecent exposure or another type of sex offense, such as sexual exploitation of children, incest, and patronizing a prostitute.
What is the Misdemeanor Punishment for Indecent Exposure?
A defendant convicted of misdemeanor indecent exposure can face up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. The defendant may be ordered to participate in treatment for sex offenders.
What is the Punishment for a Gross Misdemeanor Conviction?
A gross misdemeanor conviction is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000. The defendant may be ordered to participate in treatment for sex offenders.
What is the Felony Punishment for Indecent Exposure in Washington State?
A defendant conviction of class C felony indecent exposure can face up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. The defendant may be ordered to participate in a sexual deviancy examination and may also be ordered to participate in sex offender treatment.
Should I Contact a Lawyer for Help with My Case?
Yes. Contact a Washington lawyer immediately about fighting your case.