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 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.
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:
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.
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.
As an assistant prosecutor Ms. Cohen litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury. Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
With over 30 years in the criminal justice system, Ms. Cohen has developed a great working relationship with members of the local justice system. Ms. Cohen uses her vast experience to get her clients the best possible results.
Ms. Cohen leaves no stones unturned when she builds aggressive defense strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Attorney Certification Program is designed to help the public make sound and informed choices when deciding to hire an attorney. While there are over 60,000 practicing attorneys in the state of New Jersey, fewer than 250 New Jersey lawyers have been recognized by the NJ Supreme Court as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. Camden County criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has been recognized as an NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney every year since 2008. To become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Ms. Cohen received recommendations from her peers and judges throughout South Jersey.
Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.