Indecent Exposure Leads to Indecent Shaming in Aurora: What Happens When Someone is Accused
I recently read a story on 9News.com about a Denver Firefighter who was arrested for walking around the Aurora Town Center with his penis in hand. His photo, which is posted above the article, tells the story of a very frightened man with a serious problem. So what is the first thing we (society) do? Well, we start by shaming the person with his picture on television and on news websites. This stuff really sells! Some of us laugh, some get mad, or we might get scared and take stronger measures to make sure our children are safe by calling our legislator to demand tougher laws. I have grandchildren, and like most people I don’t want people to intentionally expose themselves in public. But I have to ask myself, will publicly shaming the person serve to correct the problem? Will it make us safer? Was the public really in danger to begin with? In my line of work I frequently talk with Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) therapists. I’ve learned from them that Indecent exposure is the sex crime with the highest recidivism rate, mainly due to the underlying psychological factors involved. I believe we need laws prohibiting Indecent Exposure in Arapahoe County, but I believe the way we punish some offenders is also indecent.
What are the Consequences for an Indecent Exposure Conviction in Denver Colorado?
Although Indecent Exposure can be charged as a felony for repeat offenders, it is usually charged as a misdemeanor in Denver County. If a person is convicted, the level of shaming escalates. Colorado State Legislators have convinced the public, or perhaps the other way around, that we are safer if everyone can spot people convicted of Indecent Exposure when they venture outdoors. A person convicted of Indecent Exposure in Denver, Adams, or Douglas County is required by statute to have their picture and address posted on the internet. Of course there isn’t any real data suggesting anyone is safer, nevertheless, sex offender registration is one of the most feared consequences of any sex crime conviction.
You Need an Attorney Who Knows How to Fight Indecent Exposure Crimes in Jefferson County
If you or someone you care about is facing Indecent Exposure charges in Jefferson County or anywhere in Colorado, it is important to have the best criminal defense attorney on your side. At O’Malley Law Office we strive to protect our clients from the overbearing Colorado legal system. So be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.