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Michigan Indecent Exposure MCL 750.335a Explained – Criminal Statute

What is Michigan Indecent Exposure MCL 750.335a?

Michigan Indecent Exposure MCL 750.335a explains that ?[a] person shall not knowingly make any open or indecent exposure of his or her person or of the person of another.? If an individual is found guilty of Michigan Indecent Exposure MCL 750.335a then he or she ?is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.?

Moreover, ?[i]f the person was fondling his or her genitals, pubic area, [or] buttocks? is guilty of a misdemeanor. However, the punishment could be 2-years of imprisonment or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both. Michigan Indecent Exposure MCL 750.335a also applies to females who are found to be fondling their breasts.

In order to have the increase in charge, the individual must also be performing the underlying act of openly exposing him- or her-self or of another stated in Michigan Indecent Exposure MCL 750.335a. The Michigan Indecent Exposure MCL 750.335a can have serious repercussions because they would be become part of the individual?s criminal record if convicted.

So how could an individual be convicted of Michigan Indecent Exposure MCL 750.335a? 

The key word in Michigan Indecent Exposure MCL 750.335a is ?knowingly.? This means that the individual must perform an act with some kind of intent, and thus knowingly expose some part of his or her “privates” to the public. However, as noted, the act does not have to be performed to his or her own person, but can include the act of another. For example, if ?Jason? runs up behind a girl and takes her bathing suit off, which inevitably reveals some part of her ?private region(s),? then ?Jason? could be found guilty of indecent exposure. A conviction would be placed a misdemeanor on ?Jason?s? criminal record, if convicted, and he would face up to 1 year in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine.

Moreover, if there is intentional fondling of the person?s private area this can and will increase the possible punishment, if the individual is convicted. The statute does not use the term private areas, but instead says no fondling of the genitals, buttock, pubic area, or breasts (if a female is involved).

So in the end, I suppose it is best to keep your clothes on while in public or in eye of the public. This type of crime can occur almost anywhere, even in your own back yard. So, before you decide to strip down, either by yourself or with someone, you may want to think about the possible consequences.

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