Did you know that public indecency is considered a crime in the state of Connecticut? If you have been charged with this crime, it is best to learn more so that you can protect yourself. On this page, you can find information on this crime, the penalties of this crime, as well as how to navigate the criminal justice system.
What is Considered Public Indecency?
The crime of public indecency is governed by Connecticut General Statute § 53a-186. The statute gives three definitions of what it means to commit this crime. They are as follows:
(1) A person engages in sexual intercourse while in a public place;
(2) A person exposes themselves in a sexual way for sexual enjoyment while in a public place;
(3) A person touches themselves or another person in a sexual way while in a public place;
Connecticut statute defines “public place” as any place where the person’s actions can be expected to be viewed by others.
What are the Penalties of Public Indecency?
Public indecency is considered a class B misdemeanor in Connecticut. There are two types of crimes in Connecticut – misdemeanors and felonies. These types of crimes are then broken down into “classes,” as mentioned above. Class A is the most serious, while class D is the least serious. In general, misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies, but they still carry unfortunate consequences that you want to avoid if at all possible. For more information regarding misdemeanors and felonies, you can contact one of our attorneys.
As mentioned above, public indecency is a class B misdemeanor. The penalties for a class B misdemeanor are a term of imprisonment of a maximum of six months and a fine of as much as $1,000. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-36; Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-42. These are the maximum penalties that you face for a public indecency charge. If possible, you want to get the court to reduce these penalties. This might be possible through a strong defense. Of course, it is always best to talk to a lawyer about your situation and the best way to reduce your penalties.
How to Get Help
Being charged with a crime might feel overwhelming. You might not be sure how to navigate the criminal justice system. But help and support are available to you. If you have been charged with public indecency, or you have suspicions that you might be charged with public indecency or any other crime, you can contact an attorney. An attorney can walk you through the criminal defense process and assist you further. They can establish defenses on your behalf and help you through this difficult time. At Ruane Attorneys, we are happy to help if you face public indecency or any other sex crime charge. You can check out the other pages in this section for more information on sex crimes.