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Indecent Exposure

A conviction for indecent exposure in Dallas can lead to serious repercussions and consequences. An indecent exposure offense is generally considered a misdemeanor offense under Texas’ laws, which can unfortunately result in a criminal record, which will appear on background checks for jobs, educational opportunities and even housing applications. Additionally, this offense can lead to jail time, fines, and a possible requirement to register as a sex offender.

Remember - indecent exposure criminal charges do not necessarily have to lead to a conviction. The prosecutor must prove you committed every element to the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. This can be a very difficult burden to meet, and if the judge or jury has any doubt, the charges against you can be reduced or even dismissed. Therefore, it is important to consult with an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney to assist you develop your best legal strategy for your particular situation.

Dallas Indecent Exposure Attorney

If you have been charged with indecent exposure in Dallas, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas, including Garland, Irving, Grand Prairie, Denton, Plano, McKinney, Fort Worth, Arlington, Mesquite, Carrolton, Richardson, Lewisville or Frisco, contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy.

Richard McConathy is knowledgeable in all areas of Texas’ sex crime laws and will make every effort to fight the allegations against you. Call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (972) 233-5700 about your alleged indecent exposure offense.


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Indecent Exposure in Dallas

According to Tex. Penal Code § 21.08, an individual can be charged with indecent exposure if they expose any part of their genitals or anus with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, and are reckless about whether another person is present who would be offended or alarmed by the act.

According to Texas law, an individual acts recklessly if they commit some act, and they are aware the conduct can cause the result of their actions or conduct, but consciously disregard the possibility the result will occur.

Some of the most common examples of indecent exposure in Dallas can include:

  • Urinating in public,
  • Mooning, or exposing your bottom to someone else in public,
  • Flashing, or exposing any sexual organ to someone else in public, or
  • Sunbathing topless, or exposing female breasts.

However, a mother breastfeeding her child or baby in public is not considered indecent exposure for criminal purposes.


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Offenses Similar to Indecent Exposure in Dallas

According to Tex. Penal Code § 21.07, an individual can be charged with public lewdness if they knowingly engage in any of the following acts while in a public place:

  • Sexual intercourse, which is defined as the penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ.
  • Deviate sexual intercourse, which is defined as any contact between any part of the genitals, or sex organs, of one person and the mouth or anus of another person, or the penetration of the genitals or anus of another person with an object.
  • An act of sexual conduct, which is defined as any touching of the anus, breast or genitals of another person with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desires of any person.
  • An act involving contact between the alleged offender’s mouth or genitals and the anus or genitals of an animal.

Under Texas law, an individual acts knowingly if they commit some type of conduct and they are aware their conduct is reasonably certain to cause the result of the conduct or the act.

Additionally, an individual can be charged with public lewdness if they engage in any of the following acts, and is reckless about whether another person who is present would be offended or alarmed by the act:

  • Sexual intercourse,
  • Deviate sexual intercourse,
  • An act of sexual conduct, or
  • An act involving contact between the alleged offender’s mouth or genitals and the anus or genitals of an animal.

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Dallas Indecent Exposure Penalties

The penalties for Dallas indecent exposure offenses are defined in Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code. Many nudity offenses in Dallas can result in a misdemeanor conviction. The penalties for nudity offenses, such as indecent exposure in Dallas are as follows:

Criminal charges for an indecent exposure offense can result in Class B misdemeanor conviction, which is punishable by a jail sentence up to 180 days and/or a fine up to $2,000.

Criminal charges for a public lewdness offense can result in Class A misdemeanor conviction, which is punishable by a jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine up to $4,000.

Under Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, an individual convicted of a second indecent exposure offense is required to register as a sex offender with a local law enforcement authority of the county where they reside for a period of ten years.


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Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Fort Worth Indecent Exposure Attorney

Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today for a consultation about your indecent exposure charges in Dallas County in Texas. Richard McConathy is an aggressive Dallas criminal defense attorney who will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions to your alleged offense.

Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (972) 233-5700 for a free, confidential consultation about your alleged indecent exposure offense throughout Dallas County in Texas and the surrounding counties of Denton County, Collin County and Tarrant County.


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