Experienced NJ Lewdness Lawyers
Lewdness is a charge that police in Ocean County and Monmouth County frequently use to charge individuals who have engaged in behavior such as:
- Public urination
- The time honored activity of ‘mooning' friends or strangers
- Public masturbation
- Touching of one's own genitals in an inappropriate way
- Having the zipper on one's pants opened for an inappropriate amount of time/ in an inappropriate way
- Flashing (typically defined as revealing one's genitals to non-consenting persons)
The Jersey Shore in the summer represents an escape from the everyday for its vacationers. The summer heat, alcohol, and the vacation mentality frequently conspire to cause people to behave in ways that do not reflect their best judgment. This behavior frequently results in people being charged with lewdness by police in Ocean County and Monmouth County.
While the behavior that leads to a lewdness charge is sometimes humorous at the time it is committed, being charged with lewdness in New Jersey is no laughing matter. The consequences can be very serious. Lewdness is a fourth degree crime (New Jersey Statute 2C:14-4(b)), in cases where the lewd act you are charged with committing was witnessed by a child under the age of thirteen. Otherwise, lewdness is a disorderly persons offense.