Have you been charged with Indecent Exposure in Maryland? If so, Caroline Norman Frost can help.
What is Indecent Exposure?
You can be charged with indecent exposure in Maryland if you purposely expose your private parts in a public place where witnesses are present and see you exposing yourself. Indecent exposure includes exposing your genitals, breasts or buttocks in a public place. You could be charged with indecent exposure for doing something as simple as mooning someone or urinating on the side of the road. But sometimes indecent exposure is a more calculated act as opposed to a one-time occurrence.
As a former Assistant State’s Attorney, Caroline Norman Frost prosecuted numerous indecent exposure cases. Including, but not limited to, an indecent exposure case in which the offender was looking for a specific target to bother on a repeated basis. A prosecutor might see this type of behavior as revenge against the victim if the victim has a former relationship with the offender (i.e., former romantic partner, employer, or other close relationship).
Whether the incident exposure was a prank, a one-time mistake, or a more calculated act, Caroline Norman Frost is qualified to defend you.
What are the consequences for indecent exposure?
Indecent exposure and inmate indecent exposure are misdemeanors in Maryland. If you are convicted of indecent exposure, you face possible imprisonment of up to three years and a possible fine of up to $1,000.
Several states require defendants convicted of indecent exposure to register as sex offenders, however, Maryland does not. In 2009, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that sex offender registration wasn’t an appropriate punishment due to indecent exposure not being listed in the sex offender registry statute and because it isn’t by its nature a sexual offense. However, registration may still be required for indecent exposure offenses that are by their nature sexual offenses against children under 18. Therefore, depending on the circumstances, you could still be required to register, depending on the allegations.
Breastfeeding in public is exempt.
In Maryland, mothers may breastfeed their infant children in a public place without being in violation of Maryland’s indecent exposure laws.