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Public Sexual Indecency Charges

Have You Been Accused of Public Sexual Indecency?

Public sexual indecency (PSI) can lead to as many as 12 years in prison, and up to 15 years in prison in an aggravated public sexual indecency case depending on prior convictions. Offenders could face either misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the circumstances. At MayesTelles PLLC, we fight for the rights of the accused in order to ensure a fair trial, and to secure our clients the best possible outcome.

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Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute §14-703,

A person commits public sexual indecency by intentionally or knowingly engaging in any of the following acts, if another person is present, and the defendant is reckless about whether such other person, as a reasonable person, would be offended or alarmed by the act.

The acts included in ARS §13-1403 are:

  • Sexual contact (defined as any direct or indirect touching, fondling or manipulation of any part of the genitals, anus or female breast by any part of the body or by any object or causing a person to engage in such contact)
  • Oral sexual contact
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Bestiality

How long could I go to jail for public sexual indecency?

The charges and punishment for public sexual indecency vary depending on the facts and how the case is charged.

  • Class 1 misdemeanor:
    • If an act of Public Sexual Indecency involving non-minors (persons over 15 years old) as victims it is charged as a class 1 misdemeanor. However a person can be charged for every alleged victim that was present and saw the act. A single class 1 misdemeanor carries a maximum consequence of 6 months in jail, $2,500.00 fine, and three years of probation. If a person is found guilty of multiple counts (multiple victims) the consequences could run consecutively.
  • Class 5 felony:
    • If the alleged victim of Public Sexual Indecency involves person under 15 years of age it is a more serious offense. The State will charge the act as a class 5 felony, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 2.5 years in prison and a statutory minimum of .5 years in prison. Probation is eligible for up to 3 years and the Court can impose up to 1 year in county jail as a term of probation. There is also a discretionary fine of up to $150,000.00.

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Enhanced consequences for multiple offenses:

If a person has multiple convictions for Public Sexual Indecency or Indecent Exposure the consequence are enhanced. If it is the third felony conviction of Public Sexual Indecency or Indecent Exposure probation is no longer available and the person is facing a mandatory prison range from 6 to 15 years.

Sex Offender Registration:

Sex Offender Registration becomes mandatory for Public Sexual Indecency if it is the second conviction of Public Sexual Indecency as a felony (involving a minor), or if it the third conviction of Public Sexual Indecency as a misdemeanor.

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The sooner you hire legal representation, the more we can do to help you. Our Phoenix sex crimes attorneys at MayesTelles PLLC have the skills and experience you need to build the strong legal defense you need. Call us at (602) 428-7104 to speak with one of our lawyers, or visit our website for a free initial consultation.

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