Indecent Exposure

Arrested for public indecency in Ohio? Call us for tough defense!

If you or someone you love has recently been arrested for violating ORC 2907.09 “public indecency” then we encourage you to get in touch with an Ohio sex crime lawyer at The Koffel Law Firm. Our firm has represented many individuals accused with sex offenses, including indecent exposure. A sex offense conviction could harm your reputation for a long time – even long after a criminal sentence has been served. Don’t let this happen to you.

ORC 2907.09 – Public Indecency

Ohio statute describes public indecency as a “reckless” offense – something that is an “affront to others.” Any of the following can qualify as a public indecency offense if committed within public view, or in a place where the conduct would likely be viewed by others.

  • Exposing your private parts
  • Engaging in sex or masturbation
  • Engaging in conduct that looks like sex or masturbation
  • Exposing your private parts for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, or to lure a minor

Public Indecency in Ohio: Felony or Misdemeanor?

Public indecency can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances. Section 29070.09 of the revised code makes the following distinctions between felonies and misdemeanors.

  • Exposing your private parts – fourth degree misdemeanor
  • Exposing your private parts as a second offense – third degree misdemeanor
  • Exposing your private parts to a minor – second degree misdemeanor
  • Exposing your private parts as a third offense – second degree misdemeanor
  • Exposing your private parts to a minor as a second offense – first degree misdemeanor
  • Engaging in sexual conduct, masturbation, or what appears as such – third degree misdemeanor
  • Engaging in sexual conduct, masturbation, or what appears as such as a second offense – second degree misdemeanor
  • Engaging in sexual conduct, masturbation, or what appears as such in front of a minor – first degree misdemeanor
  • Engaging in sexual conduct, masturbation, or what appears as such as a second or subsequent violation – first degree misdemeanor
  • Engaging in sexual conduct, masturbation, or what appears as such as a second or subsequent violation in front of a minor – fifth degree felony

If you are interested learning more about the potential penalties you face given an indecent exposure charge, we invite you to contact an Ohio sex crime lawyer at The Koffel Law Firm today.

We help individuals facing sex offenses by providing skillful defense, clearly presenting their story, and advocating for alternative sentences when appropriate. Contact our law firm today to learn how we could help you.