Illinois Public Indecency Defense Lawyers
Naperville Sex Crimes Defense Law Firm
Public indecency laws in Illinois are very clear, and the penalties if one is convicted of public indecency can be very harsh. If you are facing charges of public indecency or fear that you may face such charges, it is in your best interest to seek representation from a law firm with experience in this type of case. At Donahue & Sowa, we can help you mount the best possible defense, seeking to minimize the long-term repercussions of a misguided mistake.
What is public indecency?
Under Illinois Statute 720 ILCS 5/11-30, if someone 17 years old or older commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct in public, or takes part in a lewd exposure of the body done with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of that person, they can be charged with public indecency.
What are the possible penalties for Illinois public indecency charges?
If you are convicted of public indecency, and it is the first time you have been convicted of this crime, you will face misdemeanor penalties. In Illinois, misdemeanor penalties are up to one year in jail, a fine no more than $2,500, and/or probation of up to two years. However, the penalties are more severe if:
- An individual has been charged with public indecency three times or more; or
- If the individual charged is over 18 years old and committed the crime within 500 feet of a school at a time when students were present.
In either of these cases, the individual will be charged with a Class 4 felony and the penalties they face upon conviction will be greater.
At Donahue & Sowa, we help clients who are facing public indecency and other sexual offenses charges. We can help you understand the law and the charges you are facing so that you can choose the best and most viable course of action for your specific situation.Contact us today to set up an appointment. We represent clients from all parts of Illinois, including Naperville, St Charles, Cook County, Kane County, and Will County.