The state of Maryland considers indecent exposure to be a common law crime. If you have been charged with indecent exposure, you are facing a number of consequences including jail time, fines, and the possibility of being placed on the sex offender registry. It is critical that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can effectively represent your interests. The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz provides professional and aggressive criminal defense to clients across central Maryland. We recognize how stressful facing this charge can be and we will do everything in our power to help you through this tough situation. Contact the Law Office of Debra A. Saltz today for the strong legal representation you deserve.
Penalties for an Indecent Exposure Conviction
Indecent exposure in Maryland requires that three main elements are met for charges to be issued. The individual must be willfully and intentionally exposing their private parts in a public place and in the presence of others. It is important to note that inmates can also be charged with indecent exposure if they expose themselves in the presence of a correctional officer with the intent to harass, abuse, annoy, or embarrass the officer.
If you are convicted of indecent exposure in Maryland, you may face a fine of up to $1000 and up to three years of imprisonment.
Sex Offender Registry Tiers
Though not all states require those who are guilty of indecent exposure to register on a sex offender list, Maryland does in some situations. Registration can be required if a person exposes themselves in the presence of children who are under the age of 18. The sex offender registry requirements include the following:
Anyone who has committed a Tier I crime will be required to be on the Sex Offender Registry for 15 years. Crimes that fall into Tier I include sex offenses in the fourth degree, possession of child pornography, sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, sexual internet crimes, and visual surveillance for sexual interest.
Anyone who has committed a Tier II crime will be subject to 25 years on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry. Tier II crimes include the distribution of child pornography, hiring a minor for prostitution, abduction of a minor for prostitution, operating a house of prostitution, human trafficking, sexual solicitation of a minor, among others.
Those who have committed Tier III crimes, which are the most serious, will be on the Sex Offender Registry for life. Some of these crimes include felonies, such as rape, kidnapping, attempted rape, sexual assault, the sale of a minor, incest, and more.
Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz
If you are facing charges of indecent exposure, it is critical that you contact the experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz as soon as possible. Our firm will use our skills to defend you and fight these charges. We will use our discreetness and professionalism to guide you through this legal matter with the aggressive legal defense you deserve and need. With so much of your future at risk, you need an attorney that can effectively fight for you. Contact our firm today.