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Indecent Exposure In Nevada

Brian J Smith Aug. 20, 2012

Nevada is somewhat vague about the exact definition of indecent exposure, especially when it comes to the body parts that are exposed, although what is considered to be indecent or obscene in the state can also be defined by several cases. The closest thing to a definitive definition is that it is considered to be any exposure of a persons body that is open and indecent.

Exposing the genitalia in public is usually sufficient grounds for arrest and women can also be arrested for exposing their breasts, the exception being for the feeding of a baby. Most indecent exposure cases in Las Vegas and Nevada involve people who have been accused of having sex in public, or those who are regarded as exhibitionists or flashers.

Indecent exposure [intlink id=”219″ type=”page”]is categorized as a sex crime[/intlink] and has various penalties. If you are accused of this crime in Nevada, it is recommended that you immediately seek the advise and expertise of a good criminal defense attorney.

Most of the time if a person is Nevada is accused of obscene or indecent exposure, they will also be charged with [intlink id=”1383″ type=”post”]gross or open lewdness[/intlink] at the same time. The two things are very similar and closely related and obscene exposure is defined as obscene or indecent open exposure, under the revised Nevada statute 201.220.

However this statue is still somewhat vague as it mentions the exposure of one’s person in an obscene way, although this is not clearly defined. However, the statute is still recognized and you can still be charged with the crime, despite the rather vague and ambiguous wording.

If you are a woman, you are permitted to have your breasts exposed in a public place if you are breast feeding a baby; in that scenario, you could not be accused of either lewdness or indecent exposure.

Your criminal record, specifically whether you have been convicted of the crime before will determine whether you will be prosecuted for a misdemeanor or a felony. Both these options exist under the Exposure Law of the state, which is the revised statute 201.220.

A year in jail is the typical punishment for indecent or obscene exposure, which is classed as a gross misdemeanor. If you commit the offense again, you can expect to serve up to four years in jail, and it is classed as a category D felony.