Los Angeles Indecent Exposure Defense Lawyer
WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MY RECORD IF I AM CHARGED WITH THE CRIME OF INDECENT EXPOSURE?
It has been my experience over the past 20 years of handling indecent exposure cases in the Los Angeles courts that the prosecutors are willing to negotiate the actual charge to something less shameful and embarrassing, if the defense attorney can give them the reasons to do so. Hence, your best bet, if you are charged with an indecent exposure case, is to hire an attorney that frequently appears in the court where your case is pending and has had success with these type of cases. The only way to assess this, is to actually sit down with the attorney and ask them. First, be honest with them about exactly what happened and then ask them what they believe you are facing based on there experience, your criminal record and the facts and circumstances surrounding the current offense. A good attorney will be able to break everything down for you and give you a feel for what you are up against and your best strategy for success.
In addition to protecting your record, you should also be mindful that in many cases of this nature, the prosecutors want the offender to register as a sex offender, so they can keep tabs on them and make sure that they are not up to no good. It is up to your attorney to make it very clear to the prosecutor that you are not a threat or danger to the community at large and therefore this extreme measure is not necessary in your particular case. If the attorney is not willing to stick up for their client’s rights, then no one else will! I have seen attorneys bullied time and time again by prosecutors who think they know everything about the client and believe the client is a menace. Unfortunately, many times the police only tell a small portion of the story and they slant the story against the defendant. Only the most savvy and battle tested defense attorneys are able to turn the tide in their client’s favor and achieve the appropriate result.
Finally, a person charged with this type of crime should also be aware that the prosecutors are usually looking to teach the person a lesson by putting them in jail for a period of time to impress upon them the serious nature of being involved in this type of public offense. However, there are many alternatives to jail that are available and can be utilized by an attorney that knows what they are doing and has the experience of fending off the prosecutors attempts to exact a harsh punishment on their client. Sometimes it is necessary for the defense attorney to go directly to the judge to make sure their client stays out of jail. In Los Angeles County, the judge controls the punishment and the prosecutors control the charges. Therefore, it is up to the defense attorney to deal with both of these forces to obtain a result their client can live with.
Los Angeles Indecent Exposure Attorney
Many people view an Indecent exposure charge as a lesser sex crime that is usually charged as a misdemeanor but can also be charged as a felony if you have prior convictions on your record. If charged as a felony, you may face up to year in county jail or state prison. The problem with viewing this crime as a lesser offense is that you fail to realize how others that see the crime on your record might view you. I fight hard to avoid a conviction for an Indecent Exposure charge and try and get a more innocuous charge for my clients so they do not have to live with the stigma this charge comes with.
The crime of indecent exposure can not be imposed simply for being naked in public. To prove indecent exposure the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you willfully exposed yourself in a lewd manner with the intent offending, exciting, or annoying others. There are many defenses to this crime that can be employed under the rights circumstances. If a defense to Indecent Exposure is not available because of the facts of the case, then there is still the chance of negotiating a less serious charge with the judge or prosecutor.
Hire a Los Angeles Sex Crime Lawyer
Being charged with a sex crime has life term consequences such as the requirement of registering as a sex offender according to California Penal Code section 290. As defense attorneys we do everything we can to build a strong case on your behalf.
Our team of attorneys will be dedicated to your situation and our goal as your advocate is to put these charges behind you and have you move forward with a clean record. We will do everything we can. Call us to set up your free consultation and we will proceed from there.