Suffolk County in Long Island is a unique geographic location in the state of New York. Suffolk County has a rural flair to it, but the region is not too far away from the metropolitan area of New York. The laws in Suffolk County are, of course, the same laws as found throughout The Empire State. Those who violate certain laws must suffer the consequences of their actions. Convictions for certain violations do bring forth stigmas that would be difficult to escape from. A conviction for indecent exposure would fall under such descriptions.
Any resident of Suffolk County who has been charged with indecent exposure positively must retain skilled and specialized counsel to help navigate the legal system. Indecent exposure charges are incredibly serious. An equally serious response to the charges is required. The response should come in the form of hiring the right attorney.
Indecent Exposure Defined
The criminal code in New York state defines indecent exposure in very clear terms. The “exposure of a person” is defined as someone who appears in a public place and his/her “private or intimate parts” are visible.
Another related crime exists and it falls under the category of “promoting the exposure of a person” entails an individual who runs a public premise or place where someone commits exposure of a person.
Neither crime rise to the level of public lewdness, a crime that is much more serious and comes with greater penalties. Regardless, the indecent exposure laws in New York state do come with sanctions and punishments.
In New York, indecent exposure offenses do not rise to the level of a misdemeanor. Rather, they fall under the category of “violations.” Violations are offenses — excluding traffic violations — that come with a maximum jail sentence of no more than 15 days. Those convicted of a violation could also be fined up to $250 and additional costs. Other actions that would fall under the category of a violation include loitering, trespassing, and more.
While incidents of trespassing, loitering, and indecent exposure are violations under New York law, the stigma associated with indecent exposure ends up being far worse than trespassing. And like trespassing, a misunderstanding could lead to someone being charged with indecent exposure. A person in the wrong place at the wrong time in a public restroom may be wrongly charged with an indecent exposure violation. Now, the individual is caught up in the tentacles of the legal system.
Sealed Records in New York
Since violation do not rise to the same level as felonies as misdemeanors, the law in New York is somewhat lenient when it comes to the resultant record. Anyone convicted of a violation in New York state benefits from the fact the records can seek to seal the record. One year does need to pass in order for any violation conviction to be sealed. Those who wish to seal a record would benefit from the assistance of a qualified attorney to ensure the process goes smoothly.
Not every violation can be sealed, though. The serious nature of the violation factors into whether the conviction is eligible to be sealed. Consulting with an attorney over the possibility of sealing a record might be worth the time commitment.
Relying on the possibility of sealing a record may not be the best strategy. A lot can happen during the year a record of the conviction exists. Likely, the better plan would be to work with an experienced attorney who can mount a credible defense. Hopefully, the defense will lead to a preferable and beneficial result.
The Issue of Additional Charges
A person charged with an indecent exposure violation may also find him/herself facing additional charges, possibly more serious charges, depending on the situation. An indecent exposure charge could be combined with resisting arrest or public drunkenness. With several charges levied against the defendant, mounting a defense requires an expert and knowledgeable attorney.
Resisting arrest is a class A misdemeanor in New York state. A conviction for a misdemeanor could remain on a person’s record for the rest of his/her life.
Dealing with compounded and multiple charges definitely is difficult. Working with the right attorney could assist in overcoming such a stressful system and accessing valuable legal assistance.
A Legal Specialist
One key way to access the right representation entails working with a criminal defense attorney with a track record for defending Suffolk County residents against indecent exposure charges. An attorney who has handled a number of previous cases of a similar manner would probably be very effective in handling a new client’s case.
No one facing indecent exposure charges should engage in any delays when it comes to procuring legal representation. Delays may not be very beneficial to those hoping to overcome their current legal situation.
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