Knoxville Indecent Exposure Defense Lawyer

Public Indecency/Indecent Exposure

Sex crimes can have serious consequences on your life and your future. There are a variety of sex crimes under Tennessee law, and the difference between these different forms of prohibited conduct can be slight. However, the range of consequences can be drastically different depending on the type of sex offense that you are ultimately convicted of. Most sex crimes, however, result in significant jail time and other hefty penalties.

If you have been charged with public indecency or indecent exposure in Tennessee, the Knoxville sex crime attorneys at the law offices of Baker Associates will employ powerful defense tactics on your behalf.

Public Indecency in Tennessee

According to T.C.A § 39-13-511, a person commits the offense of public indecency if, in a public place, he or she knowingly or intentionally commits one of either of the following acts:

However, persons do not violate this law if while performing an excretory function, they make intentional and reasonable attempts to conceal themselves from public view while performing the excretory function, and they perform the function in an unincorporated area of the state.

Public indecency is generally illegal irrespective of the location. However, it is important to define the word "public" in the context of public indecency because what is illegal in a public place such as the beach or a movie theater may be legal in your home. The law defines a public place as any location frequented by the public or where members of the public are likely to be present.

A first or second public indecency offense is a Class B misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of $500. A third or subsequent offense is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $1,500 or up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.

Indecent Exposure

A person commits the offense of indecent exposure if, in a public place, in the private premises of another, or so near thereto as to be seen from the private premises, intentionally commits one of the following acts:

Moreover, these acts must be conducted under circumstances where the offender reasonably expects that the acts will be viewed by another and the acts:

"Indecent exposure" of this type is a Class B misdemeanor. If the defendant is an adult and the victim is a child under thirteen, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor.

Another form of indecent exposure involves the presence of children. Under this form of indecent exposure, it is unlawful for anyone to knowingly invite, entice or fraudulently induce a child of another into the person's residence for the purpose of attaining sexual arousal or gratification by intentionally engaging in the following conduct in the presence of the child:

But for this to apply, the defendant must be an adult (18 years of age or older) and the child victim must be less than thirteen years of age.

Indecent exposure of this type is a Class E felony if the defendant has any combination of two or more prior convictions of indecent exposure.

Defending Your Rights

If you have been accused of indecent exposure or public indecency, please contact an experienced and knowledgeable Tennessee criminal defense attorney right away. The skilled sex crime defense lawyers at Baker Associates understand the seriousness of all such charges, whether they are felonies or misdemeanors. We put our best effort into each of these cases to give you the best possible outcome in your case. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.


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Tennessee Criminal Lawyer Disclaimer: The public indecency, lewd acts, sexual crimes, or other legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact a public indecency defense attorney at our law firm. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Tennessee.


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