Indecent Exposure in Maryland
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A silly act such as urinating in an alley after consuming alcohol or mooning someone in public can result in criminal charges for indecent exposure. In Maryland, indecent exposure is punishable by lengthy prison sentences and expensive fines, as well as possible registration as a sex offender.
It is imperative that you have an experienced attorney on your side who can help you prepare a defense against this type of sex crime charge. I, William R. Hall, am committed to protecting your reputation and future. I can develop a strong defense strategy in order to get your entire case dismissed or your charges reduced.
Understanding Maryland Laws on Indecent Exposure
In Maryland, indecent exposure involves willfully exposing one’s genitalia or other private parts in a public place where others are present and may witness the action. The offender does not need to have any intention to alarm someone for sexual gratification, so the mere act of exposing oneself can lead to charges.
Penalties for Indecent Exposure
If convicted, an offender faces up to a maximum prison sentence of three years and a fine of up to $1,000. However, aggravating circumstances such as committing indecent exposure in the presence of young children can result in more severe consequences, including the requirement to register as a sex offender.
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You must remember that a simple, unintentional act – that was not intended to harm – may be viewed by the state attorney’s office or U.S. attorney’s office as a criminal offense. As a former assistant’s state attorney, I understand how the prosecution will approach your case and what it takes to get the most favorable outcome possible.
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