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Section 21.08 of the Texas Penal Code defines indecent exposure. It is generally distinguished from public lewdness, a crime that requires actual physical conduct to take place. In Texas, indecent exposure occurs when an individual “exposes his [or her] anus or any part of [the] genitals with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of another person, and he [or she] is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by [the] act.”
The crime of indecent exposure is considered a Class B misdemeanor. Some possible penalties include:
Sanctions are usually very mild for first-time offenders. Those who have previously been charged, however, could receive stiffer penalties. In some cases, an indecent exposure charge may leave a permanent mark on one’s criminal record. It might even require an individual to register as a sex offender. This is more likely to happen if a defendant has previously been charged with a sex-related offense, regardless of whether the incident occurred in Texas.
People in the Greater Houston Area who require help for indecent exposure allegations should hire an experienced lawyer who is knowledgeable about indecent exposure laws. Call attorney Shahin Zamir at 713-223-8900.
Being accused of this crime is very serious, because multiple indecent exposure charges could create the kind of stigma normally associated with a more dangerous sexual predator. Police officers sometimes act on the spur of the moment instead of thinking rationally before making an arrest. An act that is intended to be harmless could have devastating consequences. When possible, the Law Office of Shahin Zamir will try to have these charges lessened or dismissed so that the accused will not have to endure more punishment than they deserve. If Houston prosecutors are unwilling to make reasonable negotiations, indecent exposure attorney Shahin Zamir will gladly represent you in a court of law.
In order to determine the best course of action, attorney Zamir carefully examines the evidence being used by the state. Some evidence includes:
Shahin Zamir is an indecent exposure attorney who will fight vigorously for your rights. Call him today at 713-223-8900.
Even though indecent exposure is only a misdemeanor crime, an aggressive defense is necessary to avoid dire consequences. If you have recently been arrested, get in touch with indecent exposure lawyer Shahin Zamir at 713-223-8900 as soon as possible to secure the best outcome for your case.