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35-45-4-1 Public Indecency Laws in Indiana

In today's world, navigating the legal landscape can be a complex and challenging task. Criminal offenses, such as public indecency, require a comprehensive understanding of the relevant laws to ensure the protection of individual rights. At B. Hicks Law, we are committed to providing the best defense for individuals facing charges related to public indecency in the state of Indiana.

Public Indecency Laws in Indiana: Public indecency is governed by Indiana Code 35-45-4-1, outlining specific actions considered offenses and the corresponding penalties. Let's break down the key provisions of this law:

  1. Actions Constituting Public Indecency: Public indecency occurs when a person knowingly or intentionally engages in the following acts in a public place: a. Sexual intercourse b. Other sexual conduct (as defined in IC 35-31.5-2-221.5) c. Appears in a state of nudity with the intent to arouse sexual desires d. Fondles their own or another person's genitals

  2. Age-Specific Offenses: a. Individuals aged 18 or older who intentionally appear in a state of nudity in a public place with the intent to be seen by a child under 16 commit a Class A misdemeanor.

  3. Felony Charges: If the accused has a prior unrelated conviction for public indecency, the offense becomes a Level 6 felony, carrying more severe penalties.

  4. Definition of Nudity: The law defines nudity as the exposure of the human male or female genitals, pubic area, or buttocks with less than a fully opaque covering. Additionally, the female breast is considered nude when less than fully covered, excluding any part of the nipple. Male genitals in a discernibly turgid state are also included in this definition.

  5. Indecent Exposure: Indecent exposure, a Class C misdemeanor, is applicable when the aforementioned acts occur in a place other than a public space but are visible to persons other than invitees and occupants of that place.

Expert Legal Defense at B. Hicks Law: If you or someone you know is facing charges related to public indecency in Indiana, it is crucial to seek expert legal representation. The experienced attorneys at B. Hicks Law are well-versed in Indiana's criminal laws, and we are dedicated to providing a strong defense tailored to your specific case. Our legal team understands the nuances of the law, including the severity of charges, potential penalties, and the importance of a strategic defense strategy. We will work diligently to protect your rights, reputation, and future. Navigating the legal complexities of public indecency charges requires the assistance of a skilled and knowledgeable legal team. At B. Hicks Law, we are committed to providing top-notch criminal defense services, ensuring that every individual receives fair and just treatment under the law. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your case with our experienced attorneys.


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