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Public indecency under Oregon law

Like felony charges, misdemeanor charges are extremely varied. They include everything from shoplifting and low level drug charges to certain DUI charges and writing bad checks. Misdemeanor charges can also include some crimes of a sexual nature.

One such crime is indecent exposure. Under section 163.465 of the Oregon criminal code, indecent exposure is a Class A misdemeanor. Under this section, a person can be charged with indecent exposure in a few circumstances.

If a person is in public and performs any act that exposes the person's genitals the person may face charges for indecent exposure. However, in order for this to apply people must intend for the act to arise sexual desire in another person or in them. Additionally, a person can be charged with indecent exposure if the person performs an act of deviate sexual intercourse in public. Finally, a person may be charged with indecent exposure for having sexual intercourse in public.

Under section 163.465, a person can also face misdemeanor charges for public indecency for performing any of these three act in view of the public.

It is important for people to understand the charges that they are facing. In some cases, indecent exposure charges can be increased to a Class C felony. In general, this occurs when a person has a criminal history that includes certain sex charges -- including rape and sexual conduct.

As was seen in a recent blog post, police will charge people for indecent exposure. These criminal charges can have an effect on a person's employment, housing, education and social life. People facing any criminal charges should know their legal rights. An attorney can help people understand the charges against them and protect their constitutional rights.

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