Minnesota, like all other states, frowns upon public nudity that disturbs others, such as publically displaying one’s genitals. This is usually called indecent exposure. It’s illegal to expose oneself like this in Minnesota and can result in serious consequences, including jail time and inclusion on the sex offender registry.
The following table outlines the indecent exposure law in Minnesota.
|Code Section||Minnesota Statutes Section 617.23 – Indecent Exposure|
|What Is Prohibited?||Minnesota law prohibits the following behaviors as indecent exposure:|
|Penalties||The penalties for indecent exposure depend on the age of the victims, any prior sex offense convictions, and the circumstances of the exposure. The possible levels of punishment are:
In addition, the court will order an assessment of the defendant to determine if sex offender treatment is necessary before sentencing.
If you're convicted of felony-level indecent exposure, you will be required to register as a sex offender in Minnesota. As you can imagine, this will greatly impact your life, including where you can work or live.
|Defenses||Although exposing one’s breasts could result in an indecent exposure criminal charge, breastfeeding is specifically listed as not a violation of this law. Minnesota legislators wanted to protect moms and their babies from unnecessary hassle from the police or general public. Breastfeeding is permitted in any public or private location, whether or not the mother's nipple is covered during the breastfeeding.|
Note: State laws change often. It’s important to verify the accuracy of the laws you're researching by conducting your own legal research or contacting a knowledgeable Minnesota sex crimes attorney.
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