Charged and Arrested for Indecent Exposure in London?
Indecent exposure is another form of sexual crime under the provisions of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. As the title suggests, indecent exposure involves the public display of parts of the anatomy in a manner that may be offensive to others and morally unacceptable. There have been instances of clients exposing themselves in a manner considered indecent and particularly offensive to others on trains, buses and other public areas. In our experience, there can be any number of reasons for this. It would be our duty as your defence solicitors to find out which, if any of these reasons apply to your case and to build a strong defence on and around such raison d’être.
Although indecent exposure may be regarded as relative, depending on the society in which it occurs and the general attitude to morals, in the United Kingdom, indecent exposure will almost certainly include any public exposure of private parts, and touching oneself in view of the public in a blatantly sexual manner among other similar instances. The test of decency or otherwise depends on the audience, the community rules and whether or not the exposure is intended to and does indeed repel the public. Sunbathing in very little or no clothes on a beach where there are no rules against nudity is very unlikely to constitute indecent exposure for instance.
If convicted, an offender is more likely to be faced with a penalty in the form of a fine and/or community service than a custodial sentence. It is not however impossible for a prison term to be imposed to a maximum of 24 months.