Public Sexual Indecency in Arizona
Mesa Criminal Defense Lawyer
In Arizona, public sexual indecency is considered a
sex crime and those convicted can face harsh penalties including years in jail,
fines, and mandatory registration on the national sex offender list. These
are serious charges and an accusation of a sexual crime alone can be enough
to tarnish a reputation and put your life on hold.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, it can be difficult to know
what to do or where to turn for help. At Naegle & Crider Criminal
Defense Attorneys, we are here to provide clear and unbiased legal advice
so that you always know what is going on in your case. Our
Mesa criminal defense attorney knows that this can be a confusing and frustrating time. If you have any
questions on your case, we offer free, confidential consultations to all
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What Is Public Sexual Indecency?
Arizona defines an act of public sexual indecency as a sexual act between
two or more people performed in a public area intentionally or with the
knowledge that a reasonable person would be offended by witnessing the
act. In this case, the victim is not required to be directly involved
in the sexual activity, they must only witness the act.
Sexual acts can include:
- Oral sex
- Sexual intercourse
- Contact of a sexual nature
In order to successfully charge you with public sexual indecency, the prosecution
must prove you were acting with a reckless disregard to the sensibilities
of the general public and that a person could (1) reasonably take offense
to witnessing the public sexual act and (2) the act could have reasonably
been witnessed by a member of the public. This means that actions occurring
in areas where a person could expect to encounter acts of a sexual nature,
such as within an adult entertainment convention, may not always incur
Penalties for Public Sexual Indecency
Arizona does not charge sex crimes lightly and public sexual indecency
is no exception. Generally, a first offense can be charged as a class
1 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months in jail and fines
of no more than $2,500. For cases in which the victim is under the age
of 15, the offense becomes a class 5 felony punishable by more than 2
years in prison and fines of no more than $150,000. Penalties can also
increase in cases where the defendant has two or more prior felony convictions
for public sexual indecency. Under these circumstances, a person facing
a felony charge can incur a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
In addition to jail time and fines, those convicted will be required to
register as an Arizona sex offender. This alone can drastically affect
where a person is allowed to live and work. The prospect of facing any
of these charges can be frightening and protecting yourself begins by
contacting the sex crimes lawyers at our firm.
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