Indecent Exposure In Wagoner
Flashing someone or streaking nude down a street may seem like a fun prank, but in Oklahoma, it is a sex crime, and like all sex crimes, it has serious consequences. Here are some things you might want to know about indecent exposure in Oklahoma before you disrobe.
Child pornography, soliciting a minor to perform in child pornography, and indecent exposure are all covered under the same statute. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1021
In Oklahoma, indecent exposure is defined as the knowing and willful lewd exposing of your person or genitals in any public place, or in any place where people may be offended or annoyed by the exposure. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1021
It is important to note that public urination, while a crime in Oklahoma, is specifically exempted from this statute unless the public urination is accompanied by another act that is sexual in nature and is covered under the statute.
The penalties vary widely for convictions under this statute. If convicted, you can be in prison for a period of 30 days to 10 years. In addition, you may be fined from anywhere from $500 to $20,000. If the exposure is minimal and few people are affected, the penalty will be less. The more egregious the situation, the more severe the penalty.
Ten years is a long time to spend in prison. Thus, if you are being charged with this crime, don’t think of it as a “prank” crime. If you are found guilty of indecent exposure, an experienced Wagoner criminal defense attorney can help you get the lightest possible sentence, or have the charges reduced or dropped if your circumstances warrant it.
An arrest usually happens at the crime scene. Remember that the job of the police is to gather evidence to use against you. Never speak to the police without your attorney present. And always resist the urge to try to explain what happened to the police.
Because this is a sex crime, if convicted, you will need to sign up for post-prison supervision on the sex offender registry. This is one of the most hated parts of a sex crime conviction. It is best to get an acquittal of the charge, or a reduced charge if at all possible. An experienced Wagoner attorney can make the difference. Call us today.
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