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Public Indecency

Chicago Public Indecency Defense Lawyer

If you have been accused or charged with public indecency in Chicago, you need to services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. While public indecency is one of the lesser sex offenses that a person may be accused of, but it can still have a serious impact on a your life. Most often charged as a misdemeanor, a public indecency conviction may result in up to 1 year in jail and incur heavy fines. It is also important to note that multiple violations can result in a felony charge rather than the usual Class A misdemeanor, as will be the case if the alleged offense occurred near a school or park.

There are various issues put into question with a public indecency charge that David L. Freidberg, your criminal attorney in Chicago, will need to investigate. For instance, what was the intent behind whatever you were doing that resulted in your being charged with public indecency. There have been cases of people being charged with public indecency because of simple public urination. While public urination is technically illegal in Chicago, it does not necessarily include an intent to bring about sexual arousal in others. These are just some of the issues we investigate and use in your defense of public indecency.

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges for public indecency, do not hesitate to retain effective legal counsel to help you challenge the alleged offense and protect your record and freedoms. We can and will provide you with the aggressive defense you need.

At The Law Offices of David L. Freidberg, we represent clients throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas that have been arrested for or charged with public indecency or virtually any type of criminal offense. We have more than 20 years of legal experience and use this to our clients' advantage as we protect them from the harsh consequences of a criminal conviction.

Public Indecency Defined

Illinois Code Chapter 720, Section 11-30 defines public indecency:

  • (a) Any person of the age of 17 years and upwards who performs any of the following acts in a public place commits a public indecency:
    • (1) An act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct; or
    • (2) A lewd exposure of the body done with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of the person.
  • (b) "Public place" for purposes of this Section means any place where the conduct may reasonably be expected to be viewed by others.

Breast-feeding of infants is not an act of public indecency.

Public Indecency Sentencing Guidelines in Chicago

Public indecency is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500. A person convicted of a third or subsequent violation for public indecency is guilty of a Class 4 felony. Public indecency is a Class 4 felony if committed by a person 18 years of age or older who is on or within 500 feet of elementary or secondary school grounds when children are present on the grounds. It is important to note that the act requires an element of sexual arousal, and as such, breast feeding in public does not constitute public indecency.

Contact the Attorney David L. Freidberg, an Experienced Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested for public indecency in Chicago, criminal defense attorney David L. Freidberg will provide a tough, thorough and aggressive defense for you. We have exhaustive experience in handling all types of criminal cases, from sex offenses and violent crimes to theft-related crimes and traffic violations. To contact David, call the office at 312-560-7100 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Remember, your initial consultation is free.