Have you been accused of committing public indecency in Chicago? This is one of the lesser sex offenses that a person may be accused of, but it may still have a serious impact on a defendant's life. Most often charged as a misdemeanor, a public indecency conviction may result in up to 1 year in jail and heavy fines.
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 provide you with the aggressive defense you need.
At Fagan, Fagan & Davis 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 100 years of combined legal experience and use this to our clients' advantage as we protect them from the harsh consequences of a criminal conviction.
Defining the Offense in Chicago
Illinois Code Chapter 720, Section 11-9 defines public indecency and the classification of the offense, which will dictate what penalties the court may impose upon a conviction. Public indecency may be defined as engaging in an act of sexual conduct in public or exposing oneself in public with the intent to cause arousal in the offender, as such, an action like breast-feeding is not considered public indecency.
The basic form of this offense may be charged as a Class a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500. A defendant may face Class 4 felony charges and up to 3 years in state prison, however, if accused of a third or subsequent public indecency violation or an offense of this kind that takes place on or within 500 feet of a school where children are present on the grounds.