Most people are unaware of the implications of a conviction of Virginia indecent exposure laws.
It is important to understand the applicability of these laws so that you can help your attorney devise the best defense plan for your case.
Indecent exposure means exposing one’s private parts to the public. Public place indicates a place where one or more members of the public can view it. Some acts that are considered indecent exposure are sexual intercourse and masturbation.
Indecent exposure is punished in Virginia with one-year imprisonment and $2500 fine. The most dangerous consequence of indecent exposure is possible sex offender registration for repeated offenses. Indecent exposure is a class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. The law punishes in a more strict manner when the victim of the exposure is below 15 years.
Indecent exposure to minor is a felony. Anyone convicted of 3 or more offenses of indecent exposure is required to register as a sex offender. This registration will affect your future personal life and work life drastically. The act of breastfeeding is an exception to the indecent exposure offense in Virginia.
Elements to be proven for a conviction of indecent exposure is that the offender committed the crime with full intention and with reckless disregard for people present in the public place.
If you hire an experienced Virginia indecent exposure lawyer with the required persuasive skills then you may be able to avoid conviction of a Virginia indecent exposure offense and the penalties accompanying a Virginia indecent exposure offense.