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Lewdness: Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure is a first degree misdemeanor in the state of Florida. In order to be convicted of indecent exposure, the state must prove that the exposure is not mere nudity, such as breastfeeding in public. The state must prove that the exposure was done in a vulgar or indecent manner.   The allegation is serious and all possible defenses should be explored by an experience criminal trial lawyer.

Under Florida Statute §800.03, Indecent Exposure is committed when a person exposes one’s sexual organs in one or more of the following manners:

  • In public
  • On the private premises of another
  • Near enough to one’s private premises to be seen
  • In a vulgar or indecent manner
  • OR to be naked in public, exempting any place designated for that purpose


Indecent Exposure is a first-degree misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of one (1) year in jail, along with a fine.


There are defenses to Indecent exposure:

  1. You did not intend to commit the offense
  2. The exposure was not meant to be viewed by the public and was committed on your private property.
  3. The exposure was not vulgar or lewd.
  4. Was the exposure in a place designated for the purpose of changing such as a public bathroom.

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Being accused of a crime such as Indecent Exposure does not necessarily mean you are guilty of said crime.

There are many factual and legal issues that must be investigated and evaluated. Because of the complexities and penalties associated with an Indecent Exposure charge, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced criminal trial lawyer right away.

If you or someone you know has been accused of an Indecent Exposure in the Pinellas County or surrounding areas, it is very important that you contact an experienced sex crimes attorney immediately. Our team of attorneys, investigators and experts are highly experienced in defending sex crimes and will begin building your defense today.

Contact us for a free analysis of your case at our local office located in Clearwater, Florida. Contact Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC today at (727) 531-2926 to learn about your legal options if you have been accused of Traveling to Meet a Minor. Start building your defense immediately!

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