Belmar NJ Lewdness Disorderly Conduct Criminal Lawyer
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represent clients charged with underage drinking, using a fake ID, driving while intoxicated (DWI), and disorderly conduct throughout New Jersey including in Belmar, Manasquan, Seaside Heights, and Sea Bright. Don't let a criminal offense end up on your record and impact your future. Contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall for a free initial consultation. Our criminal defense trial team made up of former prosecutors and experienced criminal defense lawyers will examine the facts of your case and develop a comprehensive defense strategy. We know all the prosecutors and judges in Monmouth and Ocean County and they know us. Contact the office for immediate assistance at (732)450-8300.
Lewdness: Disorderly Persons Offense or 4th Degree Crime, N.J.S. 2C:14-4
Lewdness is a criminal offense in New Jersey which is governed by N.J.S. 2C:14-4 which provides in pertinent part:
§ 2C:14-4. Lewdness
a. A person commits a disorderly persons offense if he does any flagrantly lewd and offensive act which he knows or reasonably expects is likely to be observed by other nonconsenting persons who would be affronted or alarmed.
b. A person commits a crime of the fourth degree if:
(1) He exposes his intimate parts for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the actor or of any other person under circumstances where the actor knows or reasonably expects he is likely to be observed by a child who is less than 13 years of age where the actor is at least four years older than the child.
(2) He exposes his intimate parts for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the actor or of any other person under circumstances where the actor knows or reasonably expects he is likely to be observed by a person who because of mental disease or defect is unable to understand the sexual nature of the actor's conduct.
Seaside Heights NJ Lewdness Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with lewdness in New Jersey, contact the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall for help. Lewdness can be charged even from urinating in public under certain circumstances when witnesses to the alleged act are present. Our criminal trial team of former prosecutors and experienced criminal defense lawyers will examine the facts of your case, consider the potential plea offer from the State, and draft a comprehensive defense strategy to combat these criminal charges. As the above statute details, lewdness can be a disorderly persons offense or a 4th degree crime depending on the circumstances of the alleged act. If graded as a disorderly persons offense, this case will be handled in the local Municipal Court in which the alleged offense occurred. For example, if the incident occurred in Manasquan, New Jersey, the case will be handled in the Manasquan Municipal Court. However, if the charge is graded as a 4th degree crime, this is an indictable criminal charge which must be resolved at the Superior Court in the County in which the alleged crime occurred. For example, a 4th degree lewdness charge in Manasquan, New Jersey would be handled at the Monmouth County Superior Court in Freehold, New Jersey. For additional information or immediate assistance, contact our office at (732)450-8300. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.