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My friend has got arrested for indecent exposure however he

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Hi my friend has got arrested for indecent exposure however he was wearing a tshirt he bought for a stag do with a penis on he asked a few people for directions and now they have reported him thinking he had it out.what sort of sentence will he get? We are all concerned because how will they believe he was wearing a tshirt even though we know he did?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Traffic Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Surely he won't plead on his account?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Well no but how will they believe he was wearing the top
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

So you think he may be disbelieved?

Won't you all give evidence?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We weren't with him he only has this witnesses that reported him
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Ok. What were the circumstances?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is this confidential ?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

No, it is a public site and your posts are forward facing.

You are anonymous though.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He asked 4 different people for directions and they have each reported him.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

For what specifically?

What is he said to have done?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Asked directions while being exposed
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Towards female witnesses ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
unfortunately
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Were they lone females?

Or four together?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No individuals
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He did ask a guy which couldn't help him but he didn't report him. One of the girls stated she saw him ask a man first
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Was this late at night?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No it was In the day
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Crowded area or secluded?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It was a residential area there were people around but not crowded
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

They are probably arguing this was intimidating for them.

I'm afraid the chances they will believe all four were mistaken are fairly low. Some of them might not give evidence though.

If he is convicted then the fact that he was approaching lone females will not help I'm afraid.

It is not serious enough for custody but it is going to cross the custodial threshold. I would expect a community order unless he has horrendous previous convictions.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But he was wearing an offensive tshirt would this not be seen more as a public order offence?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He has no previous convictions and never been in trouble with police before
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

No, they will not accept a public order.

They will pursue indecent exposure.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok I just wonder why they asked for the tshirt as evidence which he provided
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Probably for ID purposes.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what will he receive do you think worst case scenario how long if a sentence is involved?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

t is not serious enough for custody but it is going to cross the custodial threshold. I would expect a community order unless he has horrendous previous convictions.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
do you think it is more outraging public decency then?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

No, it is an indecent exposure.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He was told it wasn't by his solicitor because he wore the tshirt
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

I cannot agree with that for the reasons above.

Wearing the shirt may or may not be a public order. That is not the issue.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry I'm confused he didn't expose himself so how can that be the offence you are saying?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

But you said above that he would not be believed and asked for advice on that basis.

Delighted to continue with this but please rate my answer.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I will rate your answer at the end. No I said I was worried he won't be believed but They have the evidence the tshirt
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Does that mean you can't answer any more questions unless I pay 84 pounds?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

No but I am sorry but this is becoming uneconomical for me as you have not rated my answer.