Public Indecency Definition in Brighton and Adams County, Colorado
What is a Public Indecency charge? I read a story about a woman in a foreign country charged with Public Indecency for wearing pants in public! In Colorado, Public Indecency is defined by C.R.S. in 18-7-301, as “any person who performs any of the following in a public place or where the conduct may reasonably be expected to be viewed by members of the public…” The statute then lists sexual intercourse, lewd exposure of an intimate part of the body, lewd fondling of the body of another person, and knowingly exposing a person’s genitals. There are several legal terms used in this statute that are important to understanding and fighting Public Indecency charges in Brighton Municipal Court, or in Adams County Court. For this blog, I want to take a closer look at a couple of those terms.
What is Public Indecency’s “Reasonable Expectation” in Parker or Lone Tree, Douglas County?
An element of Public Indecency requires the defendant to do one of the listed behaviors where there is a reasonable expectation it will be viewed by the public. The mere fact that the activity is actually observed is not good enough. If a friend walks into your house unannounced and sees one of the listed behaviors it would not meet the element of a reasonable expectation. When Public Indecency charges make it all the way to a trial in Parker Municipal Court or Lone Tree Municipal Court, a judge or jury will determine if they believe there was a reasonable expectation that the behavior would be viewed by the public. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers can help the court understand the strict requirements of the law to convict you. Public Indecency for Going Pee?
How is “Knowingly” Proved Beyond a Reasonable Doubt in Lakewood Municipal Court, Jefferson County, Colorado?
What does “knowingly” mean in criminal cases? The definition of this word is not easily proven if a seasoned criminal defense attorney at your side. City and County prosecutors have been known to persuade or even intimidate defendants into taking a guilty plea rather than prove that the defendant knowingly exposed her genitals. Although Public Indecency is usually charged as a class 1 petty offense, a criminal record with those words can create problems for future employment and housing.
Don’t Fight a Public Indecency Charge on Your Own in Aurora Municipal Court
If you are charged with Public Indecency in Aurora’s Municipal Court, you should not fight it alone. Call our lawyers to talk at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.