Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure is a crime under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272 Section 53. It involves the following three elements that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The defendant exposed his or her genitals to someone else.
  2. He or she did so intentionally.
  3. The other person was offended by the defendant's exposure.

This crime applies only to exposure of the genitals. It does not apply to exposure of the buttocks or female breasts, unlike the felony of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior. There is no requirement that the exposure take place in public. Indecent exposure often involves urinating in public.

This section of Chapter 272 also prohibits the following:

  • Common nightwalker
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Lewd, wanton, and lascivious acts
  • Annoying and accosting persons of the opposite sex

Indecent exposure and the above are punishable by up to 6 months in jail, a fine of up to $200, or both.

Massachusetts Criminal Defense

If you are accused of any crime in Massachusetts, it is imperative to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Although indecent exposure does not carry particularly severe potential punishments, it can easily ruin your reputation in your community, affect your professional and family life, and otherwise have a serious impact on your future.

Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. (617) 973 5858

If you have been charged with indecent exposure, call the Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. at (617) 973 5858 (24 hours a day and 7 days a week) or contact Attorney Wheeler through e-mail. With more than 30 years of experience, Robert Wheeler is one of the most knowledgeable and skilled defense lawyers in Massachusetts. His aggressive approach consistently results in favorable outcomes. Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. can achieve the best result possible in your indecent exposure case, so do not wait to consult with him. Attorney Wheeler's office is conveniently located in downtown Boston, and he is happy to represent clients in every city and town in the state.

Robert Wheeler also represents those who have been accused of:

  • Sex crimes
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