Lewd Conduct Lawyers
There are few charges which garner more discomfort than a lewdness offense. Prosecutors often feel they need to make a point in a lewd conduct case whereas the accused frequently wants nothing more than to resolve the case as quickly as possible given the embarrassing nature of the charge. Although someone exposing their genitals or engaging in a lewd act has a stigma attached to it, those represented by our lawyers are usually more indescript than many would expect. Indeed, it is common for the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall to represent individuals who are otherwise productive law abiding citizens who resort to casual rendezvous in inappropriate settings. There are also those instances where our law firm is called upon to defend an individual who became heavily intoxicated and ended up in an indecent exposure situation. Irrespective of the scenario in which an individual exposed himself, our defense team is prepared to achieve the best outcome possible. Contact us now at 1-877-450-8301 if you require our assistance.
New Jersey Lewdness Law
The law concerning lewd conduct is set forth at N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4 and makes it a crime to engage in flagrantly lewd and offensive acts which are likely to be observed by non-consenting persons who will be alarmed. Lewd conduct is defined under the law to include exposing genitals for purposes of arousal or sexual gratification. The prosecutor must therefore establish three (3) facts to obtain a conviction for lewdness: (1) that a flagrantly lewd and offensive act was committed (e.g. exposing penis or masterbating); (2) the act was witnessed by a non-consenting individual; and (3) the non-consenting individual was alarmed or affronted. Lewdness is typically a disorderly persons' offense but can also give rise to a Fourth Degree or Third Degree criminal offense. A lewd act will result in a Fourth Degree charge where the observer suffers from a mental disease or disability. It is a Third Degree offense where the observer is under thirteen (13).
Fines & Penalties for Lewd Conduct
The sanctions imposed under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4 vary depending on whether the charge is a disorderly persons offense, is third degree crime or is a fourth degree offense. The jail exposure is six (6) months, eighteen (18) months, and five (5) years respectively for disorderly persons, fourth degree and third degree lewdness. Fines, assessments, court costs, restitution, probation and even drivers license suspension may also be imposed upon conviction.
If you or a loved one was arrested for exposing themselves, our attorneys can assist you. We know the law and are not intimidated by the uncomfortableness surrounding a lewd conduct charge such as penis exposure. A lawyer from our firm would be happy to discuss a defense strategy and answer your questions. Our lawyers are only a telephone call away, so do not delay in addressing your concerns.