What Is Considered Indecent Exposure In Michigan?

What Is Considered Indecent Exposure In Michigan?

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July 19, 2016
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An indecent exposure charge can impact a person’s life in a serious way. While there are certainly clear-cut instances that the average person would know could lead to trouble, there are other times that people may be completely unaware that they are breaking the law. Either way, the outcome can be the same in the courtroom. Here, we will discuss what can be considered an indecent exposure in the state of Michigan. Some of them may surprise you.

Types of Indecent Exposure

Michigan law breaks indecent exposure charges down into two categories: simple and aggravated. They are defined by the following terms:

  • Simple Indecent Exposure: A person knowingly exposes their body, or the body of another person in the presence of someone else. Simple indecent exposure can include:
    • Flashing;
    • Swimming nude in a public area; or
    • Urinating in a public area.
  • Aggravated Indecent Exposure: A person fondles or in any way participates in a sexual act while exposing their body.

Things to Consider

It should be known that you do not necessarily have to be in a public area to be charged with indecent exposure. In fact, you can be in the privacy of your own home. For instance, if you walk through your home nude and have your windows open, a passerby could be offended by what they see. This could constitute indecent exposure as well. Additionally, a person may have to submit to the sex offender registry if they are classified as a sexual delinquent at the time of the charge. The basis of this finding will be determined by factors surrounding the specific case.

Things the court may consider are:

  • If the acts were intentional;
  • If the individual was seeking sexual gratification; and/or
  • If the accused has done this before.

Potential Outcomes

If you are found guilty of indecent exposure, then you could expect the following in court.

    • Simple indecent exposure: misdemeanor charge with up to 1 year in jail and/or fines up to $1,000.
    • Aggravated indecent exposure: Felony charge with up to 2 years in prison and/or fines up to $2,000.

The specific factors of the case will determine the overall outcome in court. Specifically, the intent, location, and the presence of sexual misconduct will all be evaluated during the court proceedings.

Flint, Michigan Quality Criminal Defense

A charge of indecent exposure can change your life. Many people understand that you should not expose your body in public areas, but in some instances, the exposure can be unintentional or the person may assume that they are alone. Just because you are charged with a crime, does not mean that you are guilty. If you are facing sex crime charges, reach out to an attorney that can help you. The offices of Nickola Law are located in Flint, Michigan. We have experience handling various criminal cases and are dedicated to defending our clients. Contact us today for a consultation.


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