New Jersey Lewdness Statute

Our Lewdness laws are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4.  This statute sets out the various penalties for lewdness convictions, with a possible 18 months in prison, $10,000 fine, and a criminal record.  

Beyond these penalties is the social stigma that often comes along with these charges, which is why it is important to have the best defense available.  With over 40 years experience as a Judge, Prosecutor, and Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Attorneys of Avery & Avery know how to keep you out of trouble.  As Criminal Defense Lawyers, we have mastered the identification of flaws in the States case, and will work with you to avoid a criminal conviction.  Call today for a free consultation with a NJ lewdness defense attorney.


New Jersey's Lewdness Statute, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4 defines Lewdness as:

 a. A person commits a disorderly persons offense if he does any flagrantly lewd and offensive act which he knows or reasonably expects is likely to be observed by other nonconsenting persons who would be affronted or alarmed.

b. A person commits a crime of the fourth degree if:

(1) He exposes his intimate parts for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the actor or of any other person 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 where the actor is at least four years older than the child.

(2) He exposes his intimate parts for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the actor or of any other person under circumstances where the actor knows or reasonably expects he is likely to be observed by a person who because of mental disease or defect is unable to understand the sexual nature of the actor's conduct.

c. As used in this section:

“lewd acts” shall include the exposing of the genitals for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the actor or of any other person.

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