At the Fulgham Law Firm, P.C., our seasoned criminal defense attorneys are keenly aware of how devastating criminal charges can be, especially when they involve a claim of indecent exposure. In Texas, an indecent exposure conviction can result in numerous penalties, including jail time and mandatory sex offender registration. That is why it is critical to hire an attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases, as early intervention can mean the difference between jail time and freedom.
If you have been charged with indecent exposure and are being asked to speak with investigators about the case, do not do so without having seasoned counsel by your side. Anything you say can and most definitely will be used against you in court. A criminal defense attorney will be able to review your legal options, advise you of your rights, and help you to proceed in your case with the most solid and effective defense strategies possible. Don’t sacrifice your rights – contact the Fulgham Law Firm, P.C. today to learn more about how we can help you.
Under the Texas Penal Code § 21.08 entitled “Indecent Exposure,” the law provides in pertinent part that: “(a) [a] person commits an offense if he exposes his anus or any part of his genitals with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, and he is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by his act. (b) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.”
If convicted of indecent exposure, you could face monetary fines of up to $2,000, 6 months in jail, and mandatory counseling. Deferred adjudication or probation may be possible if you have no prior criminal record. However, should you be deemed a repeat offender, or if the crime involved children, you could also be forced to register as a sex offender and face even stiffer fines and penalties.
Regardless of the circumstances, it is important to realize that defenses may be available to either reduce or dismiss your charges. In Texas, it is not just the exposure that results in a conviction; the act must be done with the “intent to arose or gratify,” which the State has the burden of proving. Whether you have been falsely accused or made a mistake that lead to your indecent exposure charges, our seasoned criminal defense lawyers are available now to help you now. We firmly believe that every person deserves superior legal representation to ensure that your constitutional rights are safeguarded at all times. Give us a call to find out about the difference we can make for you and your case.
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If you or someone you love has been charged with indecent exposure or some other crime in Texas, contact our seasoned Forth Worth, Arlington and Tarrant County criminal defense attorneys now at (817) 886-3078. We will take the time you need to review your case, develop strong legal defenses on your behalf, and ensure that you receive the superior legal representation you deserve. Our initial consultation is always free and it’s also completely confidential, so do not hesitate to call us now to learn more about how we can help you. At the Fulgham Law Firm, P.C., our goal is to prevent jail time and to help you clear your record.