Indecent Exposure and Aggravated Indecent Exposure
Indecent exposure charges are far more common than one might think. Of all the charges a person can face, few strike as much fear and embarrassment into the heart of a person facing it as either indecent exposure, or aggravated indecent exposure (IE) charge.
My team and I have yet to meet a person facing either of these charges who was anything less than mortified, and sincerely remorseful about the whole thing.
If you are facing an indecent exposure or aggravated indecent exposure charge in the Greater-Detroit area, meaning anywhere in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, Livingston, St. Clair or Washtenaw County, we can help, and make things genuinely better for you.
Our firm has extensive experience with IE cases in the Metro-Detroit area. This section will contain a general examination of these the charges, independent of where they arise.
In a number of previous articles within the Indecent Exposure and Aggravated Indecent Exposure section of our blog, the reader can find a very detailed and helpful examination of the 2 charges, beginning with simple indecent exposure, and a comparison of the differences between it and the more serious 2-year felony charge of aggravated indecent exposure.
Indecent Exposure is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $500, plus court costs. Often referred to as “simple” Indecent Exposure, this is the old familiar charge that typically refers to “getting caught with your pants down,” and encompasses any kind of exposure, including things like being caught urinating behind the dumpster all the way to outright “flashing.”
Aggravated Indecent Exposure, by contrast, is a felony. This Offense carries a maximum of up to 2 years in the state prison, and a fine of up to $2000, plus court costs. “Aggravated,” in this situation, requires fondling one's genitals, meaning anything that could be described as a person’s “privates.”
Having represented countless men charged with these offenses in a career spanning more than 3 decades, and HAVING KEPT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM OUT OF JAIL IN EVERY IE CASE WE'VE EVER HANDLED, you can rest assured that my team and I know exactly what to do for you.
To be clear, the overwhelming majority of indecent exposure charges are brought against men. This is a simple. statistical fact.
Most often, these incidents have little or nothing to do with any kind of outright sexual enterprise or sexual deviancy.
Instead, they are frequently the byproduct of some hidden stress or stresses in a person’s life that just gets the better of them at some point. When that pressure bubbles to the surface (and even if it cause by an underlying sexual frustration of some sort), it can cause some of them to “act out" in ways they later regret.
Some IE cases involve a simple exposure, while others involving fondling behavior are done for "shock" value.
Of course, there are also cases involving an exposure that is entirely unintentional.
In recent years, an increasing percentage of the cases arise are “aggravated” and involve an allegation of fondling. Sometimes, this is just an extension of that “shock value” element, while other times, the police just happen upon a man trying for a little “alone time” while masturbating in his car, meeting up in a park or somewhere else that turns out NOT to have been as private a place as he had hoped.
For all the analysis one could do about this, the bottom line is that these things sometimes just happen...
Suddenly, however, confronted with the potential legal penalties and negative consequences of a conviction for indecent exposure or aggravated indecent exposure, a man will be overwhelmed with fear, and humiliation, and regret.
Often, the thought of being "labeled" with a conviction for either of these IE offenses scares someone as much as the potential punishment.
All of our clients who face an indecent exposure charge have jobs, and many of them have rather good jobs, at that.
Many have college degrees.
Some have families, while others point to a breakup, divorce, or struggle with their sexual orientation as part of the stress that led up to their “incident.”
Our clients are almost always people who could honestly be considered men with a lot to lose.
When they call our office, the degree of embarrassment and fear felt by the person on the other end of the pone is palpable. Our first order of business is to help the caller calm down; we want them to know that, whatever else, we're here to help. When you speak with us, you are truly in the judgment-free zone.
We’ll keep them out of jail, and they’ll walk out the front door of the courthouse with us, instead of being led out the back door, in handcuffs.
My team and I will make sure we protect their record, so that they aren't labeled, or "branded" for the rest of their lives by a moment of poor decision making. We understand the ramifications such a charge can have for a person's employment opportunities, and will work tirelessly to make sure this episode won't haunt them forever.
We fully realize that just picking up that phone and making the call takes a certain amount of grit and guts. If you are facing an IE charge, we can help you, and protect you. Once you call us, we'll take over, and put my you at ease, while we put the case in order.
We'll need to get to know you, and find out how this whole situation came about, and how it fits into the bigger picture of your life. And that’s not just double-talk, either. It may seem, to you, at least, that the whole court system is standing ready to pounce on you,. but we will make sure that doesn’t happen.
Keeping you out of jail is really the easy part for my team and I; keeping your record safe, and keeping you out of counseling until the stars burn out is where our efforts really need to be directed. The last thing anyone wants is to get stuck with a long and difficult period of probation that requires long-term counseling and treatment.
Our job is to limit the fallout of an IE charge as possible, and NOBODY does it better than us. We are often able to keep our client’s record clean and limit what can seem like endless counseling and other consequences ordered by the court.
While indecent and aggravated indecent exposure charges are more common than the reader may think, the results we produce in these cases are nothing short of exceptional.