Lewd Conduct in Hunterdon County

New Jersey Sex Crimes Attorney – Anthony N. Palumbo

Lewd conduct charges flourished in New Jersey during the 2010 summer months, especially near the New Jersey shore where beaches create a tempting environment to disrobe.  Lewd conduct is a unique charge and is one of many charges in which seemingly innocent conduct can result in criminal penalties.  In New Jersey, there are two main ways to commit lewd conduct.  The first way is by committing an offensive act which a person could reasonably expect to be observed by people who have not consented to see such an act and who would be alarmed or offended by it.  If a person is convicted of lewd conduct in this manner, it is a disorderly persons offense which carries $1,000 in fines and up to 6 months in prison.  The second way lewd conduct can be committed is when a person exposes his private parts to gratify himself or someone else under circumstances that he can reasonable expect to be observed by a child under 13 years old, a child who is at least four years younger than the actor, or someone with a mental defect.  This is more serious than the first type of lewd conduct and is a fourth degree crime, carrying up to 18 months in prison on conviction.

For an example of lewd conduct, consider a recent case in Hunterdon County in which a man was charged with lewd conduct after he removed his clothes and masturbated inside of a public building.  Most likely this case would qualify under the first type of lewd conduct because it does not appear to involve a child or a person with a mental defect.  In this case, the actor was hired to clean a public building, but at some point after he arrived, he began to masturbate within the line of vision of a woman who was washing dishes next door.  The woman claims that the defendant was looking at her while he was committing the masturbatory act.  When the police were informed, they went to the building to question the man.  He answered the door in his clothes and explained to officers that he sometimes removes his clothes when he gets hot at work.  Police found a pair of boxers in the man’s pocket and arrested him.  He was charged with lewd conduct and criminal sexual contact.


Springfield Prostitution Charges

Like sting operations that take place over the internet in which police pose as distributers of child porn or as young children in order to lure offenders into chat rooms, police also conduct sting operations for Union County sex crimes that take place off the internet. For example, over the past weekend, several Springfield police officers posed as customers at a massage parlor that was operating to provide illegal sexual services to its clientele. The upshot of the operation was that three women were charged with prostitution in Union County. In New Jersey, the penalties for prostitution vary based on whether it is an individuals’ first or subsequent offense and whether a minor was involved. A person’s first Springfield prostitution offense is a disorderly persons offense which carries up to $1,000 in fines and six months in jail. A second or subsequent offense is a Fourth Degree Crime which carries up to 18 months in prison and fines. Finally, when a minor is involved, Union County prostitution is a third degree crime which carries 3 to 5 years in prison and fines.

I am Anthony N. Palumbo, Springfield criminal defense lawyer and I defend individuals charged with prostitution & solicitation. The penalties for prostitution are the same irrespective of whether you are the person purchasing the service or rendering it. However, it is important to be aware that in addition to prostitution charges, a person can also be charged with Loitering for the Purposes of Committing Prostitution or Promoting or Facilitating Prostitution between two other parties (pimping). These acts constitute third degree crimes which carry 3 to 5 years in prison. To learn more about prostitution in New Jersey and defenses available to all of these crimes, contact me today for a free and confidential consultation at 1-866-664-8118. You may also visit the prostitution and solicitation penalty and charges information page on my website at www.palumbo-renaud.com