Indecent Exposure or Public Indecency in Georgia
Indecent Exposure Defense Lawyer in Atlanta & Alpharetta, Georgia
What is commonly known as indecent exposure in most states is called public indecency in Georgia. Being accused of this type of offense is not only publicly embarrassing, it can also negatively impact your life and the lives of the people you love the most. The Ford Law Firm appreciates just how sensitive your situation is and we are committed to doing everything we can help you get through this difficult time in your life. Tom Ford is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who represents clients in a wide range of sex crime matters, including cases involving allegations of indecent exposure or public indecency.
Public Indecency Offenses under Georgia Law
In the state of Georgia an individual commits the criminal offense of public indecency (indecent exposure) by engaging in any of the activities listed below in a “public place”:
- Performs sexual intercourse;
- Makes a lewd exposure of his or her sexual organs;
- Makes a lewd appearance either being completely or partially nude; or
- Makes a lewd caress or indecently fondles someone else. (O. C. G.A. 16-6-8).
Section 16-6-8 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) provides that for purposes of this section of the Code, a “public place” includes both state and political subdivision “jails and penal and correctional institutions.”
Penalties for Public Indecency Offenses
While public indecency may seem like a minor offense, a criminal conviction can result in serious penalties and repercussions. Under O.C.G.A. § 16-6-8 the crime of public indecency is generally punished as a misdemeanor offense. In Georgia, most misdemeanors carry a punishment of up to 12 months in jail and/or a maximum fine of up to $1,000. If, however, this is your third or subsequent conviction of public indecency involving a lewd exposure of sexual organs, lewd appearance being partially or completely nude, or a lewd caress or indecent fondling as set forth in paragraphs (2), (3) or (4) of O.C.G.A. § 16-6-8(a), the offense will be elevated to a felony crime punishable by a prison term of not less than one but not more than five years.
Beyond the possibility of a substantial prison sentence and a hefty monetary fine, individuals convicted of public indecency will have a criminal record and be forced to deal with the social stigma and bias associated with their crimes. Additionally, depending upon the specific circumstances of the case, an individual may be required to register as a sex offender under the Georgia Sex Offender Registry.
Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Public Indecency Case
If you or someone you care about has been charged with a public indecency offense, more commonly known as indecent exposure, The Ford Law Firm can help. Tom Ford represents clients in Atlanta, throughout the state of Georgia and beyond. We invite you to contact our law firm today to schedule an appointment with an experienced Georgia indecent exposure defense lawyer by calling 404-835-3950.