We sometimes think about indecent exposure as a prank, college kids flashing someone or streaking nude down a street. However, flashing, like all acts of indecent exposure, is a sex crime in Stillwater, Oklahoma. So, think twice before you disrobe and end up committing indecent exposure in Oklahoma.
Indecent Exposure In Oklahoma Defined
Indecent exposure is listed in the grouping of laws that cover obscenity and child pornography.
In Oklahoma, indecent exposure is defined as knowingly, willfully, and lewdly exposing your person or genitals in any public place or in any place where people may be offended or annoyed by the exposure. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1021
Public urination, while a crime in Oklahoma, does not constitute indecent exposure unless the public urination is accompanied by another act that is sexual in nature and is covered under another statute.
Flashing, having sex in public, masturbating in public, or simply disrobing and waving your genitals around may be enough for a conviction. A prosecutor must show that the act was knowing, willful, and lewd.
Re-diapering a baby in public is innocent. However, streaking naked through a store may not be. If you engage in an action believing that no one else can see it, you may have a defense against an indecent exposure charge.
Indecent exposure is a felony in Stillwater.
The penalties vary widely for convictions under this statute. You could spend anywhere from 30 days to 10 years in prison, pay a fine between $500 and $20,000, or both.
In addition, indecent exposure is a Level 1 sex crime. Because it is a sex crime, if convicted, you will have to register with the sex and violent offenders registry after release from prison. For many, this is the hardest part of a sex crime conviction.
If you are being charged with this crime, don’t think of it as a “prank” crime. Take it seriously and get the help that you need to protect your freedom. An experienced Stillwater criminal defense lawyer can make all the difference.
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