When people think of sex crimes, they usually think of serious felony cases such as rape or molestation. There are some sex offenses that are less serious, however; but even so, they carry heavy penalties. One such crime is public indecency, which is defined in ORS § 163.465 as performing an act of sexual intercourse/deviate sexual intercourse or exposing their genitals while in, or in view of, a public place. If the act committed was deviate sexual intercourse or exposure of their genitals, the offender is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. If they commit sexual intercourse in public, it is a Class C felony.
Class A misdemeanors can incur a jail sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $6,250. For a Class C felony, the sentence can include up to 5 years in state prison and a fine of up to $125,000. Hire a Portland criminal defense lawyer today if you've been charged with public indecency. Such charges are often made due to a misunderstanding, where someone though they saw something that did not actually occur. Many cases of public indecency are also mistakes, such as a "wardrobe malfunction" where the individual had no intent to expose themselves or to sexually arouse themselves or anyone else, or when someone witnesses an act that was not intended to be public.
Neal Weingart, Attorney at Law, LLC can provide the aggressive and effective criminal defense that you need when facing charges of public indecency. I will thoroughly investigate your case to preserve evidence that can be used in your defense. My approach is to be better prepared than the prosecution so that I can remain one step ahead and obtain the best results. I have also represented hundreds of trial cases and am comfortable in the courtroom. Contact my firm today to find out more about how I can handle your sex crime defense case.