Illinois Public Indecency Defense Attorney
DuPage County, IL Public Indecency Lawyer Offers Affordable Defense Services
Illinois law prohibits a person from exposing his/her genitals in public, from engaging in public sex, or doing a variety of things to attract sexual arousal. There are all kinds of scenarios and situations that can lead to an arrest on public indecency. If you or someone you know is charged with this sexual offense, you should retain an attorney experienced in public indecency defense. Since 1991, the attorneys in the law offices of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have successfully resolved public indecency cases, and a wide range of other sex crimes, for clients throughout Chicagoland.
Public Indecency Charges in the Chicago AreaIn Illinois, you commit the crime of public indecency if you are 17 years of age or older and perform any act in a public place, where it is reasonable expected to be viewed by others, involving such sexual conduct as:
- Public sexual penetration (intercourse), or sexual conduct, clothed or unclothed
- Lewd exposure of your body with the intent to arouse or satisfy sexual desire
Children under the age of 17 cannot be charged with pubic indecency, but may be charged, as juveniles, with disorderly conduct.
Charges and Penalties for Public Indecency in DuPage County
Public indecency is generally a Class A misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a third or subsequent offense of public indecency, you will be charged with a Class 4 felony. It is also a Class 4 felony if you are 18 years of age or older, and the sexual acts take place within 500 feet of elementary or secondary school grounds, when children are present on the grounds.
Depending upon the circumstances of your offense, you could be sentenced to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2500 if found guilty of public indecency. Further, and even more damaging, when you are convicted of public indecency you might be classified as a sex offender. That could put your name and face on the sex offender registry and will subject you to the life-altering consequences and ongoing requirements of registered sex offenders.
The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. are experienced public indecency attorneys who will fight your charges and develop an aggressive defense to protect your freedom. We will examine the evidence and witnesses, and work to have your charges dismissed or reduced. Our goal is to keep you off the sex offender registry and out of jail. Contact us to discuss your case in a free initial consultation. We have three convenient offices located in the Chicago area and handle cases in DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.