Indecent Exposure

Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure is referred to as “lewd and lascivious conduct” in the State of Kansas and is defined as otherwise legal sexual conduct engaged in with the knowledge that it can be viewed by others or exposing a sex organ to someone who did not consent to the exposure. The offense is charged as a Class B, non-person misdemeanor if committed in the presence of someone over the age of 16; however, it can be charged as a severity level 9, person felony if committed in the presence of someone under the age of 16.

In the State of Missouri, indecent exposure is defined as willfully and intentionally exposing your “private body parts’ in a public place and in the presence of another person. Like its neighbor, Missouri takes the crime of indecent exposure more seriously when the conduct in question occurred in the presence of a child. As a general rule, however, indecent exposure is a class B misdemeanor in Missouri.

All too often, what an accused intended as a harmless act (such as urinating) is perceived as something much more sinister and results in a trip to jail and the filing of criminal charges. If you have been accused of indecent exposure in Kansas or Missouri keep in mind that your intentions at the time of the conduct do matter; however, for your lack of criminal intent to be used as a defense you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to make that argument on your behalf.