Lewd Conduct in Union County: Private Moments in Public Places

New Jersey laws governing lewd conduct make it easy for a couple engaging in a sexual encounter while under the impression that they are alone to be charged with a sex offense in Union County.  The law states that a person is guilty of lewd conduct if he engages in an offensive act in a place where he could reasonably expect to be viewed by others. Therefore, if two people have a few drinks before seeking the seclusion of a dark alley for an intimate moment and the dark alley turns out to not be private, this could result in charges of lewd conduct in Union County.  The standard for determining whether a person could reasonably expect to be viewed is an objective point of view.  Therefore the mindset of the individual in the heat of the moment is irrelevant.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey lewd conduct attorney and this case is a good example of how everyday people can sometimes be charged with embarrassing sex crimes that stain their personal and professional reputations.  If you have engaged in conduct that led to an unanticipated lewd conduct charge, I am available to speak with you about your defense.  Contact me today for a Free Consultation at 1-866-664-8118.  For more information on lewd conduct in New Jersey visit the lewd conduct page on my main criminal and municipal website or visit the lewd conduct page on my sex crimes website.

Consider the following case as an example of behavior that could result in lewd conduct charges.  Recently, New Jersey police arrested several couples for engaging in sexual encounters in secluded areas of a public park.  Parts of the park ground were very secluded and it was in those places where some individuals set up blankets and engaged in activity under the impression that they were alone.  The problem is that the place is technically public and people wandering through the woods might observe these private couples. While these couples may have been under the impression that they were alone, a jury could find that a reasonable person would have been aware of the likelihood of being observed and lead to a conviction for the state.