Indecent Exposure: California Penal Code 314

Indecent Exposure (CA Penal Code 314 PC) is the California law that makes it illegal to willfully expose your genitals in public, either for sexual gratification or to offend another person.  

A first offense of indecent exposure will most often be a misdemeanor, with penalties of up to one thousand dollars in fines and up to six months in a county jail. A second offense is a felony and can lead to a state prison sentence. If you are convicted of indecent exposure, you must also register as a sex offender.

In order for you to be convicted of indecent exposure, the prosecutor must prove that you willfully exposed your genitals, if you exposed yourself accidentally you did not commit a crime. The prosecutor must also prove that you were in the presence of someone who would have been offended by your “indecent exposure”. Lastly the prosecutor must also prove that you purposely exposed yourself for sexual gratification or to sexually offend someone.

The prosecutor must prove each element stated above in order for you to be convicted of indecent exposure. Even if only one of the elements above can not be proven you should not be held liable for the charges. Attorney David Chesley and his team of the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys in California are familiar with court proceedings that take place when facing sex crimes, and they provide the best results possible for all their clients.

An indecent exposure conviction can be very tough. It can not only hurt your reputation and personal life, but can also greatly affect your professional life. Doctors, Nurses, and Dentist are few examples of this, If they are required to register as a sex offender, they will face disciplinary actions from their respective professional associations. This is the case with most licensed professionals.

Insufficient Evidence, False Accusations, Wrongful Arrests, Mistaken Identity are a few examples of successful defenses that the lawyers at the Law Offices of David Chesley have used to prove their client’s innocence.

Sex Crimes are extremely serious criminal charges that can impact your life in an unwanted way. Do not let this happen to you, if you are facing criminal charges get help from the Law Offices of David S. Chesley.

CA Penal Code 314 PC


314.  Every person who willfully and lewdly, either:

    1. Exposes his person, or the private parts thereof, in any
public place, or in any place where there are present other persons
to be offended or annoyed thereby; or,

    2. Procures, counsels, or assists any person so to expose himself
or take part in any model artist exhibition, or to make any other
exhibition of himself to public view, or the view of any number of
persons, such as is offensive to decency, or is adapted to excite to
vicious or lewd thoughts or acts,

is guilty of a misdemeanor.
   Every person who violates subdivision 1 of this section after
having entered, without consent, an inhabited dwelling house, or
trailer coach as defined in Section 635 of the Vehicle Code, or the
inhabited portion of any other building, is punishable by
imprisonment in the state prison, or in the county jail not exceeding
one year.
   Upon the second and each subsequent conviction under subdivision 1
of this section, or upon a first conviction under subdivision 1 of
this section after a previous conviction under Section 288, every
person so convicted is guilty of a felony, and is punishable by
imprisonment in state prison.


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