Consequences for Committing Acts of Indecent Exposure in Massachusetts
Any form of a sex crime in the state of Massachusetts can result in serious consequences. If convicted of a sexual offense, it can result in being a part of a sex offender database which is available to the publics. This could damage not only an individual’s reputation, but also their ability to get a job or live in certain neighborhoods. According to the Massachusetts General Laws §272-53, if you are facing charges of indecent exposure it could result in up to 6 months in jail or in a correctional facility and possibly $200 in fines. The penalties could be greater if there was any form of physical contact with another during the exposure. In this case, it can qualify as sexual assault which could place the offender in anywhere from 3 years to a lifetime in prison depending on the severity of the situation.
What qualifies as indecent exposure?
The act of deliberate exposure of any area of the body that is conflicting with the standard moral code can be titled as indecent exposure. This typically includes publicly revealing genitals, buttocks and nipples for females because they are all sex organs. Standards regarding what are lewd or inappropriate body parts to show in public are also dependent upon the area. In Boston, these standards are taken very seriously as it is a conservative community.
Any act that is associated with a form of a sexual offense is not tolerated. When the exposure results in an indecent assault it could mean serious consequences. This occurs when the individual intentionally places themselves in lewd contact with another in a way that is destructive or unwarranted. It is often left up to the court to decide if the action was in fact indecent and in public based upon local standards in that community.
Legal Representation in Boston
At the firm of Keegan Law, we have knowledge of how the police system works in Boston since both of our lawyers were former police officers. Indecent exposure is highly offensive and illegal in any form throughout the state of Massachusetts. If you are facing any charges regarding indecent exposure in a public place, it is highly recommended that you seek legal representation to ensure your rights are protected.
Each and every case is entirely different and we are aware of that. We perform a thorough investigation for each individual that comes to us so that we know we have all of the facts straight. Knowing that your freedom is at stake, our desire is to seek the results that will serve you best by defending your case with vigor. Not only is our legal team highly qualified and ready to fight for you, we are prepared to be there for you in any circumstance. Do not hesitate to contact our firm if you are currently being charged with indecent exposure or other sex crimes. With nearly 40 years of combined legal experience in the criminal justice system, you can expect that our attorneys will fight for your rights until the end.