Some things are better left to the imagination. Case in point: A sunbather on Long Beach Island was arrested after beachgoers complained about his swimsuit made from plastic wrap.
Stephen Wojciehowski of Stafford, NJ was taken into custody on suspicion of lewdness. On Sept. 28, police announced, “Based on the reported information, Stephen Wojciehowski spent two days on the beach, wearing a homemade, clear plastic wrap bikini, where his genitals were clearly exposed and observed by the public, on the public beach.”
In order to be convicted of lewdness in New Jersey, three conditions must be met:
- The person must expose themselves at a time when they reasonably expect to be observed.
- A non-consenting individual must witness the act and claim to be offended by it.
- The act must be sexual in nature.
In Wojciehowski’s case, it’s clear that the first two conditions are true. Prosecutors will have to prove Wojciehowski’s actions had sexual intent in order for the charges to stick.
Most lewdness charges are disorderly persons offense and are handled in the Municipal Court. However, the charge can be prosecuted as a third or fourth degree criminal offense. In that case, a conviction can result in up to $1,000 in fines and six months to five years in prison, depending on the circumstances. Those who are convicted of lewdness can also end up as registered sex offenders, a devastating consequence which can affect your career and livelihood.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for lewdness or for any other serious criminal offense in New Jersey, it is urgent that you get legal help. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are skilled criminal defense attorneys with experience helping people in similar situations. Email the Rosenblum Law Firm or call 888-979-7551 today for a free consultation about your case.