Wayne NJ Lewdness Defense Attorney
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Passaic County, New Jersey
Alissa D. Hascup represents clients throughout New Jersey who have been charged with sexual offenses, including but not limited to aggravated criminal sexual contact, sexual assault, invasion of privacy, and lewdness in Passaic, Wayne, Clifton. Paterson, and North Haledon.
She is a skilled criminal defense attorney who has successfully handled thousands of cases in New Jersey, in Superior Court (indictable/felony level offenses) and Municipal Court (disorderly persons/misdemeanor level offenses). Ms. Hascup was formerly a Morris County Assistant Prosecutor who handled a number of sex crimes cases, including sexual assault and lewdness, during the course of her career.
Being charged with the crime of lewdness means exposure to a term of imprisonment and a host of serious collateral consequences. Having an experienced, knowledgeable defense lawyer can mean all the difference. Alissa D. Hascup is ready to fight for you and help you achieve the best possible result. Contact her anytime for an initial consultation, which is always provided free of charge.
Lewdness in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4
Lewdness is codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4, which provides:
a. A person commits a disorderly persons offense if he does any flagrantly lewd and offensive act which he knows or reasonably expects if 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.
Notably, municipalities are not precluded by this section from enacting ordinances regulating dress and thereby restricting nudity not amounting to lewdness. See Belmar v. Buckley, 187 N.J. Super. 107 (App. Div. 1982).
A crime of the Fourth Degree is punishable by a term of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
A disorderly persons offense is punishable by a term of up to 6 months in the county jail.
Contact a Paterson NJ Lewdness Attorney for a Free Consultation
Skilled criminal defense attorney Alissa D. Hascup can seek to avoid the imposition of a jail term by negotiating an alternative disposition on your behalf. For instance, if you are a first-time offender, she can attempt to negotiate your entry into a diversionary program such as the Pre-Trial Intervention Program (“PTI”). Successful completion of PTI means a dismissal of your charges.
Regardless of your criminal history (or lack thereof), if you find yourself in a situation where you have been charged with lewdness as a result of a domestic violence or other incident, contact a lawyer immediately.
The consequences of a lewdness conviction can be serious. Ms. Hascup can help. Contact her now for a free consultation about your charges.