Free Initial Consultation
South Denver: 303-731-0719
North Denver: 303-916-9006
Toll free: 866-365-9351
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: We are still open and available to meet with you! Click our number to call.


Public Indecency Charges in Jefferson County | 18-7-301

public-indecency-charges-omalley-and-sawyer-llc.jpgPublic indecency charges can result in Jefferson County, Colorado when someone exposes their intimate body parts or participates in sexual acts in public. Even caressing another person in view of others can lead to an accusation of public indecency. Body parts such as the breasts, butt, anus, or pubic area being displayed in public often apply to public indecency. While holding hands, hugging, or kissing in public isn't considered public indecency, an action like rubbing another person's crotch is considered overtly sexual enough to offend someone. Seeking legal help from an experienced attorney is crucial when facing public indecency charges in Colorado.

Colorado's Public Indecency Law

CRS 18-7-301 addresses public indecency in Lakewood, Arvada, and Golden. A person commits this crime in Jefferson County if they:
  • have sex in public,
  • expose an intimate body part to arouse or satisfy sexual desire,
  • expose their genitals causing affront or alarm,
  • lewdly fondling or caress someone 
It is important to be aware that if the genital exposure was meant to arouse or satisfy sexual desire, the more severe charge of indecent exposure applies. This is critical to cases because the situation can escalate from a petty offense to a class 1 misdemeanor based on this small detail. Scaring or offending another person by exposing your genitals is a petty offense. Public places include any location that a member of the public can access including schools, amusement parks, parks, playgrounds, and building common areas.

Consequences of Public Indecency Conviction in Colorado

As a first offense of public indecency, this crime is a class 1 petty offense. Conviction can result in up to 6 months in county jail and $500 in fines. However, the situation becomes more difficult with prior convictions of crimes related to public indecency. A second offense of this nature is a class 1 misdemeanor and can lead to a year and a half in county jail and up to $5,000 in fines. While public indecency doesn't require sex offender registration, a second conviction within 5 years does. And, a third or subsequent public indecency crime requires sex offender registration as well.

Jefferson County Criminal Defense Lawyers

A charge of public indecency in Lakewood, Arvada, or Golden should be taken seriously. Just because you've been charged doesn't mean you're guilty. You have a right to fight these charges and the best way to do so is with a strategic defense attorney working on your behalf. Perhaps the exposure was an accident, you didn't show intimate parts or genitals, or it wasn't likely to cause affront or alarm. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free initial consultation. We will carefully look over your public indecency case and recommend next steps in your defense.

If you or someone you know has been charged with public indecency in Colorado, be smart. Contact the highly rated criminal defense attorneys of O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

Photo by: Katie Salerno

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Facing Charges? Get Help Now!


Tell us about your case and one of our experienced attorneys will get back to you promptly.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

This site uses Google's Invisible reCAPTCHA, which is subject to Google's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Case Results:

  • Sexual Assault and Rape charges related to divorce. Acquittal from jury trial. Weld County, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Possession of Child Pornography. Acquittal from jury trial. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Arson of Nursing Home. Dismissed by Court on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Felony Drug Distribution. Acquittal from jury trial. Boulder County, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Rape and Sexual Assault charges involving divorce and child custody. Acquittal from jury trial. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Burglary and Felony Theft. Dismissed by District Attorney. Arapahoe County, Englewood, Colorado.
  • Theft of Drugs by Nurse. Dismissed by District Attorney. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust. Acquittal from Jury Trial. Adams County, Brighton, Colorado.
  • Domestic Violence. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Violation of Restraining Order. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock.

24 hour emergency service Same-day jail visits Free initial consultation Reasonable fees Flexible payment plans

Call Toll free: 866-365-9351 South Denver: 303-731-0719 North Denver: 303-916-9006 Email us

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.