Richmond Indecent Exposure Lawyer
What constitutes indecent exposure in the Commonwealth of Virginia?
Indecent exposure is defined as the intentional crime of displaying one's
genitalia — ex. breasts or buttocks — to one or more people.
It could be a crime if the exposure was committed in a public place or
any place where others are present. Laws pertaining to indecent exposure
can be found in the Code of Virginia §§ 18.2-387, 18.2-370,
18.2-10, and 18.2-11.
In order to prove indecent exposure the prosecution must show that these
factors were in place:
- The exposure was deliberate
- The exposure was indecent
- The exposure occurred in plain view of another or others
These distinctions are important. A case note involving a man whose private
parts were seen through his bedroom window was found not guilty, as the
prosecution could not prove that his indecency was intentional. Also,
it is important to note that a woman breastfeeding in public where her
breast is visible to others, under Virginia State Law would also not be
guilty of indecent exposure and should not be charged.
Penalties for Indecent Exposure in Richmond
A person convicted of indecent exposure, first offense, would be guilty
of a Class 1 misdemeanor. This is punishable by up to one year of incarceration
and a fine totaling as much as $2,500 — either or both. If convicted
of three sexual offenses within a 10-year period, upon the third conviction
the accused would be guilty of a Class 6 felony punishable by between
1 and 5 years' imprisonment and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.
If found guilty of indecent exposure with a minor under the age of 15 and
the person convicted is 18 or older, this constitutes a Class 5 felony
punishable by 1 to 10 years of incarceration and a fine not to exceed
$2,500, either or both. A second conviction involving a sexual offense
with a minor is a Class 4 felony. This is punishable by 2 to 10 years
in prison and a fine totaling not more than $100,000.
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Sexual offenses stay permanently on a convicted individual's criminal
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