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Public Nudity Charges in Florida

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

March 11, 2019

Florida is known as a party state, and many college students travel to Florida for an unforgettable party-fueled experience. While everyone is here to have a good time, some people get caught up in the moment and expose themselves to others. Indecent exposure can lead to serious charges, so it’s important to identify when police have the right to arrest someone for public nudity.

Exposure of Sexual Organs

As stated on the Florida Statutes page, exposure of sexual organs is when someone, “exposes or exhibits one’s sexual organs in public or on the private premises of another, in a vulgar or indecent manner, or to be naked in public except in any place provided or set apart for that purpose.”

There are a couple of things to note in this definition:

  • You could be charged for indecent exposure at someone else’s private party; therefore, exposing yourself at someone else’s house party could result in being charged;
  • In places like strip clubs, it’s ok for the workers to be exposed (as the establishment is set apart for that purpose); but if patrons expose themselves to others, they could be charged;
  • Going to the bathroom or intoxication is not an automatic defense for indecent exposure;
  • Breastfeeding never violates this law.

Potential Charge for Exposure of Sexual Organs

If you’re charged for exposure of sexual organs, you could face a first-degree misdemeanor. A first-degree misdemeanor can lead to imprisonment for up to 1 year or a fine of up to $1,000.

Securing Representation for Your Case

There is no reason to accept your punishment as charged! If you’ve been charged for indecent exposure, a sex crimes attorney can help you fight for your case.

Call (954) 840-8713 now for an immediate consultation concerning your case!