Sandy Hook-Gunnison Beach-South Mountain Reservation

Lewdness New Jersey Lewdness Statute: N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4

Nude sunbathing is permitted in this unique federally protected national park. Nudity is legal, however, lewd and lascivious behavior is not. It is illegal and can result in arrest. This type of behavior includes, but is not limited to masturbation, sexual intercourse, oral sex and lewd or inappropriate comments. However, in the confusion to ensure the tranquility and orderliness of this beach, the federal government actively patrols and surreptitiously surveils the entire beach. In doing so, many innocent sunbathers are erroneously charged under the lewdness statute thereby suffering the embarrassment and stigma of a federal charge.

This is not to say that a small percentage of individuals who have a tendency to engage in sexually oriented activity are not breaking the law but often this activity is often incorrectly interpreted by overzealous park rangers as lewdness. My mission in these circumstances is to control the damage and lessen the blow of potential heavy handed punishment.

If you were charged with lewd conduct or some other violation at Sandy Hook, Gunnison Beach or the South Mountain Reservation based on your allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse, oral sex, masturbation or some other form of indecent exposure, I have valuable experience and relationships that will count. As a former Essex County assistant prosecutor, I have appeared before Honorable Anthony Mautone, (who is the former Director of Homicide in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office) and the Federal judge who presides over Sandy Hook-Gunnison Beach criminal and drunk driving cases. Call me at (732) 455-5018 for a free consultation 24/7, 365 days a year.

Gunnison Beach-Sandy Hook Lewdness Charges Under Code of Federal Regulations Section 36 C.F.R. 7.29c and N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4. The offense of lewdness is N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4. This law makes it a disorderly persons offense when someone "does any flagrantly lewd and offensive act which he knows or reasonably expects is likely to be observed by other non-consenting persons who would be affronted or alarmed." N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4 defines "lewd acts" to include "exposing of the genitals for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the actor or of any other person."

Please do yourself a service and consult with an attorney BEFORE you make your first appearance before Federal Magistrate Mautone. The attitude, "I just want to get this over with and behind me" is misguided and your desire to quickly plead will haunt you for years to come. A conviction for lewdness adversely affects your life in ways you cannot imaging, including your ability to sustain and/or obtain employment. Selecting the proper attorney will give you the proper opportunity to avoid these consequences. It’s worth the phone call to (732) 455-5018 for a free consultation. I can help.

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