Jersey City Restraining Order Attorneys
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Lewdness is another potential predicate act of domestic violence in NJ. It involves a lewd or offensive act of exposing yourself to another. This is rare but does come up occasionally in the context of a domestic violence restraining order.
If you or a loved one has a restraining order case in New Jersey and are in need of legal assistance, the Tormey Law Firm LLC can help. Our experienced restraining order attorneys have handled these types of cases in practically every county in the State of NJ. As a result, our lawyers are ready and able to assist you with your restraining order case immediately. Contact our offices anytime for a free initial consultation at (908)-336-5008.
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Predicate Acts of Domestic Violence in NJ: Lewdness
Lewdness is governed by the New Jersey criminal code under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4, which provides in pertinent part:
- 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 non-consenting persons who would be affronted or alarmed.
- A person commits a crime of the fourth degree if:
- 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.
- 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.
Proving Lewdness at a Restraining Order Trial NJ
In order to establish lewdness as a predicate act of domestic violence in a NJ restraining order case, the plaintiff must show that either sections (1) or (2) were violated above. Lewdness essentially requires the intentional exposure of private parts likely to be viewed by other non-consenting persons.
NOTE: If an act is done in private and is not likely to be viewed by other non-consenting persons then that is a defense to a lewdness allegation.
NOTE: It is also important to remember that, although lewdness is a criminal charge and we use the criminal statute under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4, the plaintiff must only establish the civil standard of “preponderance of evidence” in a restraining order case because a restraining order is civil in nature. Preponderance of evidence is a “more likely than not” standard so the plaintiff must establish 51% that the offense was committed and that is sufficient in a civil case.
For additional assistance regarding your restraining order case in NJ, contact the Tormey Law Firm directly at (908)-336-5008. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.