Obscene / Indecent Exposure

Obscene / Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure is defined under Nevada law as any “open and indecent exposure of oneself or of another person.” The statute is vague in terms of defining which body parts are considered indecent when exposed, but there are a number of cases that set the precedent for what is considered obscene or indecent in Las Vegas.

Usually, people are arrested for indecent exposure if they expose their genitalia. Women are usually arrested for exposing their breasts if they are not breastfeeding a child. A majority of cases in Las Vegas involve flashers, exhibitionists or people engaged in sexual activity in public. If you were accused of indecent exposure it would be prudent to contact a criminal defense lawyer right away as this can be considered a sex crime with additional restrictions and penalties.

Las Vegas Indecent Exposure Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with the criminal offense of indecent exposure in Las Vegas or Clark County, then contact the Law Office of Joel M. Mann. Joel Mann is an experienced, aggressive lawyer that will fight the charges and make sure that the case gets resolved. Contact him at (702) 474-6266 for a free consultation about your indecent exposure case.


More information on Indecent Exposure in Nevada

Indecent or obscene exposure under Nevada Revised Statute 201.220(1) is defined as any “open and indecent or obscene exposure of oneself or of another person.” The definition is closely related to open or gross lewdness and in most cases, both indecent exposure charges and open or gross lewdness charges are brought against an individual. Open and Gross Lewdness is a much more serious crime and if you are convicted of the crime, it carries mandatory lifetime community notification.  

Nevada Revised Statute Section 201.220 does not define what it means to expose one’s “person” in an “open and indecent or obscene” manner. Even though the statute is vague, the court has held that the lack of internal definitions does not invalidate the statute.

Similar to the open and gross lewdness statute, there is an exception for breastfeeding in public. By law, if a woman exposes her breasts in the course of breastfeeding her baby in public, it is not defined as either indecent exposure or open and gross lewdness.


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Penalties under Nevada’s Indecent or Obscene Exposure Law

Nevada Revised Statutes 201.220(1) allows indecent exposure to be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on whether the defendant has ever been previously convicted of the crime.

  • The first offense of obscene or indecent exposure is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
  • A second or subsequent offense of indecent exposure can be charged as a category D felony punishable by up to 4 years in Nevada State Prison.

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Law Office of Joel M. Mann | Nevada Indecent Exposure Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of the serious criminal offense of indecent exposure, then contact an experienced Las Vegas sex crime lawyer. Joel Mann has defended clients against a wide range of sex crime allegations in Clark County. Contact us at (702) 474-6266 for a free consultation to discuss the particular facts of your case.