There are few things worse than facing criminal charges, especially if those charges are of a sexual nature, as the state of New Jersey tends to prosecute these cases particularly harshly. Even though indecent exposure charges (technically called “lewdness”) are among the less severe sex crimes, you can still face very serious consequences upon conviction. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced New Jersey indecent exposure lawyer to learn more about the crime of lewdness, the potential penalties it may carry upon conviction, and how we can help you fight those penalties, every step of the way. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What exactly qualifies as indecent exposure in New Jersey?
Indecent exposure, also known as lewdness, is when an individual exposes an intimate part to a non-consenting party. That said, depending on the circumstances of the exposure, you can face a variety of penalties. For example, by exposing yourself to someone with a mental disability or a child under the age of 13, you’ll likely face fourth-degree charges. In other cases, if a person takes part in an act that is flagrantly lewd that he or she expects to be observed by non-consenting parties who would be “affronted or alarmed,” they will likely face lewdness charges. You should also note that an act of lewdness can occur on both public and private property.
Will I go to jail for a lewdness conviction in New Jersey?
Unfortunately, if you’re convicted of lewdness here in New Jersey, there’s a strong chance you’ll face jail time among other penalties. The consequences of a lewdness conviction in New Jersey are as follows:
- Municipal Lewdness Offense: This is a disorderly persons offense that entails up to six months of incarceration and a maximum $1,000 fine.
- Indictable Lewdness Crime: This is a fourth-degree offense that entails up to 18 months of incarceration and a maximum $10,000 fine.
Though the penalties you may face are serious, with a competent legal team in your corner, you stand a far greater chance of fighting them. By contacting a New Jersey sex crimes attorney from Boyd & Squitieri, you maximize your chances of avoiding jail time and developing a criminal record. We’re here to listen to your story today. Give us a call so we can get started working on your case.
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