How to Get Through a Michigan Indecent Exposure Charge
An indecent exposure charge is scary. Fortunately, things are never usually as bad as anyone facing such an offense probably fears. Thoughts of having to register as a sex offender and going to jail can keep a person up at night. The good news is that we can almost always avoid those things. In many cases, those consequences aren’t likely (or even possible) in the first place. In this article, we’re going to look at how you can de-stress and get relief from both indecent exposure and aggravated indecent exposure charges.
To keep things simple, we’ll refer to both offenses as “indecent exposure,” unless we need to differentiate one from the other. Our firm handles a lot of these cases. In fact, I doubt there is any firm that handles more indecent exposure charges than we do. My team and I are exceptionally good at them. I can say that without reservation that, of the hundreds and hundreds of clients we’ve represented for just indecent or aggravated indecent exposure charges, NOT ONE has ever gone to jail. We can boast a 100% success rate in that regard.
There is a lot of work required to properly defend an indecent exposure charge. Ultimately, though, if you’re facing one, you want to hand it off to someone who can take the burden off your shoulders and make it better. It takes years upon years, and a whole lot of experience, to really know how to best handle either an indecent exposure or aggravated indecent exposure case. A lawyer may have an incredible record of winning murder trials, but that doesn’t mean he or she knows enough about indecent exposure charges to get the best possible results.
As of this writing, I have published over 40 separate articles about indecent exposure cases. I’d encourage the reader to explore the indecent exposure and aggravated indecent exposure section of our blog, as well as the indecent exposure results and the indecent exposure help sections of our website for more information.
Within our blog articles, the reader can learn about every facet of a indecent exposure charges. They cover things like why sex offender registration typically is NOT on the menu in an indecent exposure case. They also explore the very limited and rare exceptions to that, and clearly explain when and why registration is required. In addition, and as noted, between the website and blog articles, just about every aspect of indecent exposure charges is explored and explained in detail.
The blog is fully searchable. This allows the interested reader to find an answer to just about any question he (or she) could ever have. Note that I parenthesized the “she,” because, in truth, more than 99% of all indecent exposure charges are made against men. When you’re looking for help, that kind of candor and real world information is important. Nobody wants to get caught up in some long legal dissertation and get lost in theory that doesn’t provide clear answers.
In that same way, and as mentioned above, there comes a point when a person facing an indecent exposure charge just wants to turn his or her problem over to a lawyer who can make it better. The best analogy I have to make this point is one using a medical example:
If I were to contact an illness, or suffer an injury, I would, of course, like to know something about it. In fact, I’d like to know a lot about it. However, I’m not a physician, and I know that a doctor who regularly treats whatever I have would certainly know a lot more than I could ever discover by trying to be “Doctor Google.”
You can’t get a medical degree online, and you certainly don’t get the practical experience of treating patients on a computer. In that way, if I found myself in the office of a good and friendly physician, I’d feel much better handing things over and letting him or her take care of my problem.
It’s the same for legal matters. Part and parcel of the experience my team and I have is that we limit our criminal practice to the local courts of the Metro-Detroit area. For us, that means Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and a few of the surrounding counties. We appear in the same courts all the time. We know how things get done there. This provides us with the experience to know what will fly (and what won’t) not just in general, but before any particular Judge in our local area.
Without reservation, I can state that NO LAWYER can handle an indecent exposure charge better – specifically meaning more successfully for the client – than me and my team.
That’s all well and fine for us, but it’s human nature for a person to want answers to his or her burning questions right away. In other words, now that we’re in the Information Age, it’s normal for someone facing an indecent exposure (or any criminal) charge to look up his or her concerns and try to find answers to his or her questions before looking for a lawyer. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but it does come with risks, the biggest of which is simply getting it wrong.
This isn’t an insult to anyone. Even lawyers have to stay within their lanes; patent attorneys handle patent law, immigration lawyers handle immigration cases, etc. Certain criminal lawyers deal with white collar crimes, while others concentrate in capital offenses like murder cases. The best lawyer to defend a murder or corporate tax evasion case is almost certainly NOT the right lawyer for an indecent exposure charge.
Thus, as we noted at the outset, merely being a lawyer doesn’t mean someone knows the ins and outs of indecent exposure cases. For as smart as I know my team and I to be, the simple truth is that we’ve learned how to best handle indecent exposure charges through experience. Extensive experience. Any person is going to be better at doing something the 500th time than he or she was the 100th time. He or she will inevitably learn things by experience that you can’t pick up through study alone.
I could literally write a book (and a big one, at that) about the strategies and techniques my team and I use, and the experts we bring in, to get our clients out of hot water when they’re facing an indecent exposure charge.
That’s not bragging; it’s just a fact. However, it does no good for some lawyer to NOT realize he or she isn’t experienced with a particular kind of case. Just 3 days before I started this article, I spoke with a lawyer who reached out to me about a driver’s license legal issue. This attorney was smart enough to know that, as the old saying goes, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” During our conversation, this person actually joked about that, and, in the most humble of ways, quoted another familiar aphorism saying that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”
The good news is that most people aren’t going to read up and then try and handle their own indecent exposure charge. The problem, however, is that they may come away with expectations that are not grounded in reality. Put another way, they may read enough to get to the point where a little knowledge really is a dangerous thing.
On the flip side, they may run into fear based marketing and worry about consequences that are unlikely or, legally cannot happen (like jail, or sex offender registration in many cases).
The best thing a person facing an indecent exposure charge can do is hand this problem over to a criminal attorney who has a lot of experience with these cases. To be clear, our firm only handles criminal cases in the Metro-Detroit area, as mentioned above. Anyone who lives beyond our geographic practice area should still follow that advice, but look around wherever his or her case is pending.
Of course anyone facing an indecent exposure charge in the Metro-Detroit area should give us a ring. A key part of our marketing strategy is to tell anyone looking for a lawyer to explore his or her options. That means to look around, and then call around to different lawyers. Our firm doesn’t use any kind of “hook and book” or other high pressure tactics. Instead, we WANT potential clients to compare us with everyone else.
After all, if you’re going to hand over your money and your problem to some lawyer, you need to know you’ve chosen the right one. The only way to get real relief is to make sure you comparison shop and hire a lawyer that you know will protect your interests.
Ultimately, the goal in any criminal case is to avoid as many of the legal penalties and negative consequences as possible. Success in a criminal case is best measured by what does NOT happen to you. Anyone who hires a lawyer for an indecent exposure charge deserves the confidence of knowing they’ll get the best results humanly and legally possible because they have good representation.
No lawyer can do more, and my team and I will never do less.
If you’re facing an indecent exposure charge and looking for a lawyer, be a wise consumer and read around. This blog is a great place to start. It is fully searchable, updated weekly, and, as mentioned earlier, has more than 40 articles (to-date) in the indecent exposure section linked above.
When you’ve done enough reading, start checking around. You can also learn a lot by speaking with a live person.
If your case is pending in the Metro-Detroit area, make sure you give our office a ring, as well. All of our consultations are free, confidential, and done over the phone, right when you call. My team and I are very friendly people who will be glad to answer your questions and explain things. We’ll even be happy to compare notes with anything some other lawyer has told you.
We can be reached Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (EST), at either 248-986-9700, or 586-465-1980.