In South Carolina, the laws regarding indecent exposure and other sexual offenses are serious. Because of these strict laws, we advise those facing charges to quickly retain the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer for assistance.
If you or someone you know is facing these charges, it is essential to comprehend the potential punishments and the definition of indecent exposure under state legislation in order to effectively safeguard your rights in court.
How do South Carolina’s Laws define Indecent Exposure?
Indecent Exposure in South Carolina is defined as the following:
It is unlawful for a person to wilfully, maliciously, and indecently expose his person in a public place, on property of others, or to the view of any person on a street or highway.
Section 16-15-130 specifically excludes breastfeeding from this offense. So, the state prohibits someone from purposely exposing their genitals and other private areas to offend someone in public. Intent is thus an important factor in this crime.
As with any crime, there is the possibility that the police and prosecutors ‘got the wrong guy.’ Sometimes, when someone commits one or more of the following acts in public, they could, unfortunately, face this charge.
- Public urination
- Eyewitness Mistake
- Public Nudity
- Accidentally being seen by someone
Avoiding jailtime and heavy fines is the goal if facing this charge. Even if jail-time is avoided, there could be serious long-term repercussions.
Our attorneys will fight for your rights and defend your case.