Mount Holly NJ Lewdness Attorneys
Indecent Exposure Lawyers Serving Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester County New Jersey
Lewdness is often referred to as “indecent exposure” because it occurs when a person exposes themselves in view of others. Sometimes, lewdness occurs in the context of “flashing.” In New Jersey, you can be charged with lewdness for overt conduct, meaning you exposed your intimate parts under circumstances where you could expect there may have been an observer. However, some people can be unexpectedly charged with lewdness for engaging in a consensual sexual act in a public place or in view of others. For example, two consenting adults engaging in sexual intercourse in a car can actually be arrested for lewdness in New Jersey. You may not even know you were in a technically public place or that someone else was in the vicinity. In other cases, a person who has been drinking will be charged with lewdness for urinating in public. Regardless of the scenario in which your lewdness charges arose, it is important to know that prosecutors aggressively prosecute those accused of lewdness in New Jersey.
If you have been charged with lewdness in Burlington County or elsewhere in South Jersey, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. There are defenses that can be used to have lewdness charges dismissed and sometimes, reasoning with a prosecutor can lead to your charges being downgraded. At The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison, our criminal defense lawyers have successfully handled thousands of criminal cases for clients in Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, Washington Township, Delran, Pemberton, Moorestown, and the greater Burlington County area. Led by award-winning defense attorney Leonard Biddison, we approach each case with a singular focus on delivering the best possible result. To speak with a New Jersey lewdness defense lawyer about your case, contact our Collingswood offices at (856) 427-6888. The consultation is absolutely free and confidential.
New Jersey Lewdness Charges under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4
Under New Jersey statute 2C:14-4, a person can be charged with lewdness for committing a lewd and offensive act in the presence of another person that will likely alarm someone who observes it. As defined under NJ law, “lewd acts” include exposing the genitals for the purpose of arousal or sexual gratification of the actor or any other person. Depending on the circumstances, lewdness can be classified as a disorderly persons offense or a fourth degree crime.
If a person exposes their intimate parts knowing or expecting that a child under the age of 13 can see and the actor is at least four years older than the child, this is considered a fourth degree crime. Lewdness is also a fourth degree crime if a person exposes him or herself to another person who is unable to understand the sexual nature of the conduct because of a mental disease or defect. In all other cases, lewdness is a disorderly persons offense.
Penalties for Lewdness in NJ
If you have been charged with a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4, the degree of the lewdness charge will determine the penalties to which you are exposed if convicted. A disorderly persons offense for lewdness is punishable by up to 30 days in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. This level of offense is handled in the local municipal court where the charges were issued. A more serious charge for lewdness is a fourth degree crime, which is a felony in New Jersey and is handled in the Superior Court in the county where the alleged offense occurred. A fourth degree crime for indecent exposure may result in up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. It is also important to note that you could face up to 2 years’ suspension of your driver’s license if the lewdness offense involved a motor vehicle.
Contact a Cinnaminson NJ Lewdness Defense Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Being arrested for lewdness is a scary position to be in. Your job, your reputation, and your freedom depend on the outcome of your case. This is why you need an aggressive defense attorney on your side. Attorney Leonard Biddison has spent over 20 years defending clients charged with sex crimes and other criminal offenses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is a battle-tested trial lawyer, seasoned negotiator, and highly respected member of the legal community. With his help and the help of his team, you can successfully resolve your lewdness case and move on with your life. For a free consultation and more information, call (856) 427-6888 or contact us online today.