When we are in our teen years, harmless behavior seen as fun can lead to criminal charges if we are not careful. According to one recent news story, police were called to a scene where an alleged assault was occurring. While assisting with the assault, police overheard a group of people laughing near their police car. They later discovered that an 18-year-old had exposed himself to the police dash cam. The 18-year-old was also found with alcohol. When police checked the 18-year-old's ID, they discovered it was fake and that the boy was actually 18 years of age. While the 18-year-old likely saw his behavior as harmless entertainment, he could still face charges of Indecent Exposure and Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) in Denver.
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Indecent Exposure in Adams and Arapahoe County | Genitals Must Be Exposed to Face Charges
Indecent Exposure, C.R.S. 18-7-302, charges in Adams and Arapahoe County occur whenever someone exposes their genitals to the view of any person, likely causing alarm to that person. They would also have to intend to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of any person. Indecent Exposure charges also occur if someone performs an act of masturbation to the view of any person, likely causing alarm. If the 18-year-old exposed his genitals to the police dash cam, it's likely he would face Indecent Exposure charges. However, if prosecutors cannot prove his intent behind exposing his genitals was to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of any person, Public Indecency, C.R.S. 18-7-301, charges would apply instead. Indecent Exposure is a class 1 misdemeanor or class 6 felony in Colorado.
Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Marijuana in Douglas County – Illegal Possession or Consumption of Ethyl Alcohol or Marijuana by an Underage Person
In Douglas County, except under certain circumstances, when a person under twenty-one years of age possesses or consumes alcohol anywhere in the state of Colorado, they will face charges of Illegal Possession or Consumption of Ethyl Alcohol by an Underage Person, or Minor in Possession of Alcohol, C.R.S. 18-13-122. Since the 18-year-old was in possession of alcohol, he would likely face charges of Minor in Possession of Alcohol, a strict liability offense. The possible consequences for an MIP conviction vary based on whether it is a first offense, second offense or third offense. Possible consequences of an MIP conviction in Colorado include possible fines, having to undergo a substance abuse education program, or community service.
Jefferson County Indecent Exposure and MIP Lawyer: Call Us Today
Both a conviction of Indecent Exposure and MIP in Jefferson County could drastically impact your child's future. Fortunately, there may be affirmative defenses available in your teen's case. The criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office know how valuable your juvenile's future is, which is why we work so hard to protect it. Our goal is to either have your child acquitted of all charges, or get their sentence reduced and record expunged. If your child is facing charges of Indecent Exposure or Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Marijuana in Colorado, contact the O'Malley Law Office right away.
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If your child is facing charges of Indecent Exposure or MIP in Colorado, be smart and exercise your child's right to remain silent. Then, call the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880 for a free consultation. We will sit down and discuss your options for mounting a defense which will beat the government's case and save your child's future. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation
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