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Per the Nevada Revised Statutes § 201.220, indecent or obscene exposure is a gross misdemeanor if a first offense and a category D felony for each subsequent offense. The widely accepted definition for indecent exposure is to purposefully expose ones genitalia or other portions of the body of a sexual nature. Indecent exposure can take place in a public place or in front of only one person. Relieving oneself in an area not designated for that purpose can also be considered indecent exposure. In Nevada, breastfeeding is not considered indecent exposure.

Defense from a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer

Indecent exposure is actually a sex offense. If you are found guilty of this type of offense, depending on the circumstances of your particular case, you may even be required to register on the Nevada and United States Sex Offender Registry. The penalties will largely depend on what the court determines was the intention behind the crime. For example, relieving oneself on the side of the road would likely not be considered as serious of an offense as allegedly exposing oneself to a child intentionally. Indecent exposure involving minors is considered a sex crime against a child or lewdness with a child. This can be considered a category A felony.

Sometimes, exposure of the genitalia is done for the purpose of sexual solicitation. If you are being alleged of sexual solicitation, other than the crime of prostitution, you are essentially being accused of accosting someone in order to offer or ask for sexual services. It is not uncommon for police to set up sting operations in places such as public bathrooms in order to catch people in the act of exposing themselves for the purpose of obtaining sexual services.

Penalties for Indecent and Obscene Exposure

Penalties will always be catered to fit the nature of the alleged offense. Listed below are some of the possible penalties for indecent or obscene exposure per the Nevada Revised Statutes:

  • NRS 193.140: Gross misdemeanors are punishable by imprisonment in county jail for a maximum one years’ time and/or a maximum fine of $2,000.
  • NRS 193.130: A category D felony is punishable by a minimum of one year to a maximum of four years in state prison and/or a maximum fine of $5,000.
  • NRS 201.230: Category A felonies (those that do not involve offenses against a child) are punishable by imprisonment in state prison for life with the possibility of parole. Eligibility for parole begins when a minimum 5 years have been served.

Call Okabe & Haushalter for representation today!

Okabe & Haushalter is a premier criminal defense firm in Las Vegas. We frequently represent clients who have been alleged of sex crimes such as indecent and obscene exposure. We also frequently handle cases involving rape, sexual assault, and sex with a minor. We understand that you want to avoid the penalties at all costs, and our firm’s goal is to help defend your rights and your freedom. Our firm has the experience and the skill necessary to defend you against your charges. At a time like this when your reputation and your future are on the line, don’t risk being represented by a lesser firm. Contact a Las Vegas sex crime lawyer from Okabe & Haushalter!