New Jersey Lewdness Charges Attorney
Experienced Sex Crimes Lawyer Helps Clients Fight Lewdness Charges in Atlantic County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Burlington County, and Throughout NJ
Lewdness charges can have a devastating effect on your life. Not only will you be looking at possible prison time because lewdness is classified as a felony-level offense in New Jersey, but you could also find that your reputation is destroyed due to the embarrassing allegation. The reality is that even if you manage to avoid the most severe penalties, such as jail and sex offender registration, your arrest history and conviction record could be easily accessible through public records on the internet. In short: a lewdness conviction could haunt you for a very long time. That’s why it is crucial for anyone charged with lewdness in NJ to retain the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney who understands the NJ criminal justice system and who knows how to defend you in court.
NJ criminal defense attorney Jill R. Cohen has experience representing clients who’ve been charged with lewdness and other sex crimes in Atlantic City, Cherry Hill, Camden, Lindenwold, and elsewhere in South Jersey. Attorney Cohen knows how to deal with prosecutors and can also raise advanced defense strategies on your behalf at trial, if necessary.
N.J.S.A. 2C: 14-4 Lewdness Charges in New Jersey
A person who exposes themselves in public can be charged with a felony conviction for lewdness in New Jersey. It is also possible for a person to be criminally charged with lewdness if they expose themselves in a private place that is obviously visible by people in public.
Regardless of what led to your lewdness charges – maybe you had one drink too many during a night out with friends, or you didn’t realize that you and your girlfriend could be seen by others, or you’ve been falsely accused – the reality is that you need to take the charges very seriously. A conviction for lewdness could result in severe penalties that include significant time in prison, heavy fines, and sex offender registration requirements. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4, lewdness is either a disorderly persons offense or a felony:
- Disorderly Persons Offense: If a person does a flagrantly lewd and offensive act which he knows or reasonably expects is likely to be observed by non-consenting persons who would be affronted or alarmed, the charge is classified as a disorderly persons offense.
- Felony-Level Offense: If a person exposes his intimate parts for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the actor 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, the charge is classified as a fourth degree felony.
If you are charged with disorderly persons offense lewdness and are convicted in municipal court, you could potentially be sentenced to six months in the local county jail. (However, most first-time offenders are able to avoid a jail sentence.) If you are convicted of felony lewdness at the superior court level, you face a sentence of up to 18 months in NJ State Prison. Moreover, a felony sex crime conviction could result in you being ordered to register as a convicted sex offender under Megan’s Law – something that could do serious damage to your job prospects and career opportunities in the future.
Experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer Offers Free Consultations to Clients Facing Lewdness Charges in Cherry Hill and All Other NJ Municipalities and Townships
Don’t let one mistake ruin your life. If you have been charged with lewdness in New Jersey, you need an attorney who will handle your case with discretion and aggressively protect your rights throughout the legal process. A conviction for lewdness could lead to prison time and even sex offender registration requirements. New Jersey criminal defense attorney Jill Cohen can help you avoid the most severe penalties and keep your record clear of a criminal conviction. Contact Attorney Cohen now to explore your legal options.