Lewdness Charges Filed in Eatontown NJ
The Asbury Park Press has announced that they have charged a sixty-three year old male from Brooklyn with lewdness following an incident that took place on December 30th. Based on the information that has been released at this point in time, it appears that the Defendant allegedly pulled down his pants in front of a women outside the Macy’s at the Eatontown Mall. Apparently the women was able to snap a photo of the Defendant with her cellphone before he could flee the scene.
Although it hasn’t been announced, it appears that the photo the women was able to take and more likely than not, the Monmouth Mall surveillance system is what helped the Eatontown Police Department locate the Defendant. Once the Defendant surrendered to the Eatontown Police Department, he was formally arrested and charged with lewdness. He was charged on what is known as a complaint-summons, which means that the Defendant was not taken to the Monmouth County jail but released on his own recognizance. Since the lewdness charge is a fourth degree indictable offense, the Defendant must appear in the Monmouth County Superior Court for his Central Judicial Processing Hearing, also known as CJP. Once this hearing is conducted, the Defendant will be scheduled for a Pre-Indictment Conference hearing, where a plea agreement will most likely be tendered.
Is Lewdness a Felony in NJ?
Lewdness is one of those hybrid offenses in New Jersey. Meaning, depending on the facts, it can either be considered an indictable offense (felony) or a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor). The key distinction between the two degrees is whether the Defendant committed the act knowing or reasonably expecting that a child less than 13 years of age would observe the lewd conduct. Anyone convicted of lewdness in the fourth degree will be facing up to eighteen months in a New Jersey State Prison. Conversely, anyone convicted of a disorderly persons offense lewdness charge will be facing up to six months in the Monmouth County jail. For more information on lewdness charges in Monmouth County, please click the link.
Lewdness Charge Lawyer in Eatontown NJ
It is no secret that the courts take lewdness charges very seriously, especially when it is alleged that the act occurred within in the vicinity of a child. Although an individual convicted of this charged would not be forced to register under Megan’s Law, they could be scarred with a felony offense and incarcerated for extended period of time. If you or a loved one has been charged with lewdness, possession of child pornography, endangering the welfare of a child, sexual assault or any other offense for that matter in Monmouth County, the Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation today, please call our Middletown office at 732.858.6959 or you can try contacting us online. We serve all of Monmouth County, including towns like Howell, Freehold, Belmar, Wall Township, Asbury Park, Ocean Township, Aberdeen and Manalapan.
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For more information on this incident, please checkout APP’s article labeled Alleged Monmouth Mall flasher charged with lewdness.