Indecent Exposure Defense in Houston: Brazoria, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Harris & Montgomery Counties
Although people sometimes perform acts of indecent exposure as a practical joke, most people don’t know the severe penalties that can be imposed for those convicted of this offense. Section 21.08 of the Texas Penal Code spells out what constitutes indecent exposure:
- Exposing the buttocks or other “private areas”
- Recklessly exposing themselves (by disregarding the feelings of others)
This means that some of the acts people sometimes perform in jest can be considered indecent exposure. A few examples include:
- “Mooning,” whether to strangers or acquaintances
- Public urination
- Flashing certain body parts
Damage to Reputation
Being arrested for indecent exposure can cause a person to suffer harm to his or her reputation. That individual may be wrongly labeled a “pervert” or sexual predator. This could strain relationships with family and friends and hinder employment in certain industries. A person charged with indecent exposure can also face a jail sentence, restitution and fines; in some cases, he or she may also be required to register as a sex offender.
Beating the Odds
With so much at stake, it is important to mitigate the damage done by an arrest for indecent exposure. In many cases, this might require taking a case to trial so an individual can obtain an acquittal. Even when the evidence is questionable, prosecutors often pursue a conviction because by doing so they will be viewed as “tough on crime” by the general population. Attorney Greg Tsioros is well aware of this fact because he has worked for the District Attorney’s Office. This experience gives him an advantage over other criminal defense attorneys because he can often anticipate the moves a district attorney might make in an indecent exposure case.
Contact Attorney Greg Tsioros
If you’ve been accused of indecent exposure, don’t assume these charges will simply go away or that you will not suffer harsh consequences if they are pursued. The sooner you take action, the greater the odds are of a positive outcome. Contact attorney Greg Tsioros at (832) 752-5972 for a free consultation, so that he can better advise what steps to take to secure the best result possible.