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Under Florida law indecent exposure is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail. A conviction for exposure of sexual organs in Florida does not require registration as a sex offender, but the stigma of a lifelong conviction of this offense could be almost as damaging on a defendant’s future. A lapse of judgment or a mistake while under the influence that last seconds could have an impact that lasts decades. This is why anyone charged with indecent exposure should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Benjamin Herbst is a South Florida lawyer who specializes in defending clients who have been charged with exposure of sexual organs under section 800.03. He has extensive experience representing defendants in all types of sexually related crimes in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County, and is standing by to offer a free consultation anytime at (954) 543-0305. Benjamin also vigorously represents clients in the Treasure Coast jurisdictions of Martin County and St. Lucie County, and is standing by to offer free consultation. He can meet in his office locations in Fort Lauderdale or West Palm, or any other convenient location in South Florida. Call Benjamin today to find out how he can fight to clear your name and make sure a charge like indecent exposure does not have a debilitating effect on your future.
Florida law prohibits a person from exposing their sexual organs in public, or in the private premises of another. It also prevents indecent exposure in a manner that another person can easily see from within their residence or other private place. Indecent exposure could include such acts as urinating in public, or engaging in sexual activity with another person in public or in in a way that can be seen by another person. There are numerous defenses that may be available if you have been charged with exposure of sexual organs, urinating in public or performing a lewd act in public including involuntary intoxication or necessity. A South Florida criminal defense attorney can go over these defenses and explain how you can avoid prosecution and apply to have the charges expunged with FDLE. Benjamin Herbst understands that single lapses in judgement should never define a person, and does whatever it takes to protect his clients. Anyone accused of exposure of sexual organs faces an uphill battle in Florida courts, but Benjamin can fight back and tip the scales back in the favor of his clients. In addition to producing results, Benjamin provides all clients with his cell phone number and is always available to answer questions or to provide updates. He is never too busy to speak with his clients about the case.
If indecent exposure occurs at a prison, county jail or other state operated criminal justice facility the charge is elevated to lewd and lascivious exhibition in the presence of an employee. Florida lawmakers enacted this provision as an extra layer of protection against sexual harassment in the jails and prisons across the state, but it has also resulted in unsubstantiated claims and unjust charges. A detainee or prisoner who is accused of exposing his or her sexual organs or performing a lewd act in front of a prison employee or subcontractor faces third-degree felony charges with a five-year maximum penalty. Defendants in these cases are also routinely charged with the misdemeanor version of indecent exposure, though a conviction for both charges would not be able to stand. If you have been charged with any type of sexual offense in South Florida or along the Treasure Coast, including indecent exposure or lewd and lascivious exhibition, contact experienced criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Herbst today.